We’re Finally Giving Into This Cute But Confusing Summer Trend
Ok, fine — knitwear can stay.
No, it's not a typo and, no, we don't have our seasons mixed up: Knitwear is hot (and we mean that in a good, non-sweaty kind of way) for spring and summer. So, if you're looking to add a few transitional pieces to your wardrobe, stocking up on this semi-confusing but definitely cute trend might not be such a bad idea.
We realize knitwear probably isn't the first thing to come to mind when you think of warm weather outfits, and the reasons why are obvious. Cozy, oversized knit sweaters and cardigans definitely fall under autumn/winter staples, pairing seamlessly with PSLs and over-the-knee boots. However, these snuggly faves have cooler counterparts, and they're not to be overlooked for summer 2021.
According to Tobi head stylist Joanna Angeles, it's kind of ironic to see this resurgence of knitwear in the new "Roaring 20s" of today, seeing as how the trend originally came into fashion circa the 1920s.
"There's this huge amalgamation of trends that we're experiencing in part due to nostalgia for pre-COVID times, but also in a way that's looking to embrace the bright, bold and free spirit of decades past," Angeles tells InStyle.
Warm in nature, but cool in design, these knits act as transitional items for flip-flopping weather forecasts. They're also statement pieces that can highlight your individual style. For example, Angeles says she's seeing a lot of fun pieces pop up on the market, like crochet halter tops, matching knit cardigan sets with fun prints and patterns, and pops of color. These bolder looks can be paired with your favorite denim jeans or shorts, along with hoops and mules.
"Neutral knitwear can also be elevated by pairing with satin or faux-leather trousers and a kitten heel, and you can even throw a blazer over it for the office or a dinner date," Angeles adds. "Last but not least, one of the most fun things I'm seeing right now is print/pattern mixing by pairing different colored or textured separates together."
Like Angeles, fashion influencers are also on board with the nostalgic trend's rebirth, and have been serving up plenty of inspiration on how to wear knitwear year-round.
As a Solo Statement
Vibrantly colored knits make a statement on their own, so if you have a piece that pops, pair it with muted neutrals fo even more emphasis.
Mixed and Matched With Other Colors and Patterns
Mixing and matching other bold hues with an already bold knit will just further emphasize your unique style. So if you like color and prints, don't shy away from combining them into one outfit (and that goes for any outfit — knit or not).
As a Crop Top
If crop tops are your go-to for spring and summer anyway, why not switch things up from the traditional top and go for one of the knit variety? Pair the top with high waisted denim, or give the low-rise trend a try if you're feeling bold. Slip into a pair of heels to elevate your look, or keep things casual with some Converse sneakers.
With a Blazer
Knits are casualwear, but that all changes when you pop on a blazer. Grab a pair of knit shorts, a coordinating T-shirt, and add a blazer over top for an easy, on-the-go, appropriate-for-everything look. You can dress up the outfit further with a pair of chunky boots or strappy heels, but if you're just running out to do some errands, a fresh pair of white sneakers will do.
Just because they're shorts, doesn't mean they aren't cozy. Whether you're getting dressed for a weekend in, or changing from your work attire to something a little more comfortable, it doesn't get much more springtime snug than a pair of knit shorts with a basic tank or T-shirt.
As a Midi Skirt
What's amazing about the knit resurgence is that clothing brands are designing them in every silhouette imaginable. A knit midi skirt is an exceptional piece to incorporate into your wardrobe staple because it's so versatile. Dress it up with a pretty blouse and heels for dinner, or dress it down with a cropped hoodie and clean sneakers for a grocery store run.
As a Coordinated Set
Not sure how to style individual pieces of knitwear? Take out the guess work with a matching set. Comfy, classic, and easy to dress up or down with a change of accessories, plus, a monochromatic moment will never go out of style.
As a Vest
One of the easiest ways to ease into the knitwear trend is to embrace the sweater vest trend. The styling options are endless: You could wear a cropped knit vest over a crisp button down or white t-shirt, tuck an oversized knit vest into high-waisted or biker shorts, or pair a neutral knit with color-popping accessories. Experiment with different looks and clothing combinations, and eventually you'll nail down your go-to style.
Expect to see a lot of knit crop tops, knit shorts, and matching sets within the next few months. If you want to dip your toes in this throwback trend, we've scoured the internet for some cute knit pieces you can put your own spin on this season.
SKIMS Cozy Knit Short
Shop now: $58; nordstrom.com
Express Sleeveless Ribbed Knit Maxi Dress
Shop now: $80; express.com
Rag & Bone Cruella Wool Blend Knit Vest
Shop now: $350, rag-bone.com
Dion Lee Fork Cutout Ribbed-Knit Shorts
Shop now: $390; net-a-porter.com
Rue Stiic Ryder Knit Romper
Shop now: $135; freepeople.com
Tobi Isla Two-Piece Cable Knit Crop Top Cardigan Set
Shop now: $106, tobi.com
Salvatore Ferragamo Knitted Sleeveless Dress
Shop now: $943 (Originally $1,048); farfetch.com
Zara Cut Out Knit Top
Shop now: $30; zara.com
Bottega Veneta Knitted Polo Shirt
Shop now: $990; farfetch.com
Loretta Cropped Pointelle-Knit Top
Shop now: $210; net-a-porter.com
Ava Knit Bolero Pullover
Shop now: $159; revolve.com
The Elder Statesman Medium Rib Slit Skirt
Shop now: $695; fwrd.com
Fendi Cotton-Blend Knit Playsuit
Shop now: $990; mytheresa.com
River Island Plus Cable Knit Cardigan and Bralet Set
Shop now: $60 (Originally $79); asos.com
Mango Cable-Knit Shorts
Shop now: $50; mango.com