A winter essential: The jumper dress
This season is all about luxe knitwear, and there's nothing more luxurious than women's jumper dresses. They are relaxed, cosy and look fabulous whatever the occasion. By mixing and matching with accessories and footwear, you can get a whole lot out of this winter essential. Here are 4 insightful tips on how to style the sweater dress:
Choosing the right boots:
Boots and a jumper dress were meant to be together. Pair your garment with tall boots for a classic, chic evening look. If you are looking for something more modern, opt for a dynamic pair of ankle boots and rock the winter sidewalk with confidence.
- Belt it up:
Because of the natural chunkiness of most knitted fabrics, some garments may appear a little large and can hide your natural curves. To give your silhouette a chance to stand out, try cinching your dress at the waist with a classy belt. Complete the look with a scarf, and bag for an extra dose of style and warmth.
- Leggings are a winner:
If you've ever come across a cute sweater dress, then realised that it might just be a little too short. Fear not! Leggings are the perfect add-on. All you need to do is pair your garment with black leggings and you have a sassy, modern outfit.
- It's all about classy details:
If you have a fine knitted dress, it's easier to dress it up into something more formal. Pair your dress with heels, silver accessories and a clutch for a winter gala at work.
Can you machine wash knitted jumpers?
As sweater weather approaches, it's time to get the trusty sweaters out of the cupboard and give them a good wash. Even if you are buying new ones, you need the know how to keep your knitwear in good condition. Below are 4 handy tips to get you started:
- Choose the right detergent:
It is very important to understand that the pH of a detergent can have an impact on the quality of fabric. The pH of certain detergents is determined by their price. The old saying "you get what you pay for" is particularly apt in this context. Be sure to use a small amount of detergent (a teaspoon to a tablespoon, depending on load size).
- Water temperature:
Always wash with cold water! When it comes to machine washing, colder water is always safer. If your machine allows you to control temperature, then set the lowest temperature, but if the machine has set cycles, always opt for the lowest option available.
If you have a favourite cable knit sweater that you'd like to keep forever, investing in protective accessories such as mesh laundering bags will aid in reducing the amount of friction your jumper is exposed to during a wash cycle. If you can't find this accessory, wash your sweater alongside delicate items rather than bulkier items such as jeans or towels.
Always air dry. There is too much friction in a conventional dryer for the fabric to withstand a long washing cycle. Lay your jumper flat and let it dry or hang it on a drying horse: your jumper will thank you for it!
Where did jumpers originate?Knitting fabrics (in particular wool) has been practised for over 2000 years. During the 16th Century, the first knitted shirts were produced in Guernsey and Jersey (hence the term 'jersey' is still used). The garments were produced from wool by the wives of fishermen and sailors, and thanks to its oil retention properties, they protected against the cold even when damp. The jersey craze spread throughout Europe, and in the late 19th century was adopted by athletes in the US. They call the garment a "sweater".
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