These Autumn Knits Are So Good That I Want to Start Wearing Them Now

September 14, 2020 at 06:00PM

As we’re spending more time indoors and at home this year, many of us are prioritising comfort and ease when getting dressed, and this will have a significant impact on the trends for autumn and winter 2020. Loungewear will continue to be a growing category this year. However, fashion buyers I have spoken to expect that instead of joggers, hoodies and sweatshirts, there will be a demand for more elevated options, with knitted co-ords and layered separates being key sellers.

“Leisurewear will continue to grow but in a modern way from brands such as Les Tien,” says Liane Wiggins, head of womenswear buying at MatchesFashion. The knitted dress is set to be a hero buy for autumn, as designers such as Jil Sander and Jacquemus have created beautiful formfitting knitted dresses. Last year, Katie Holmes made knitted co-ords go viral thanks to her bra-digan set, and you can certainly see the impact of this iconic outfit in new-in sections, as many brands have created knitted tops and matching cardigans. Other trending knitwear options included ribbed knit tops, embroidered cardigans and knitted trousers that are so comfortable you might struggle to ever take them off. Keep scrolling to see the 10 autumn knitwear looks we love.

We have a hunch that knitted dresses will be the most popular dress trend this autumn. We particularly love Joseph’s two-tone midi below.

This little detail makes simple cardigans and jumpers look more interesting.

Knitted vests have been given a decidedly fashionable makeover of late. The item was seen on the runways of Dior, Prada and Lacoste during the A/W 20 runway shows and has appeared in collections by buzzy brands including Ganni. From oversize cable-knit styles to patterned iterations with contrast-colour trim, these are certainly not the same sweater vests you might remember from the ’90s. 

Trust us—these are even more comfortable than jogging bottoms. We love the Joseph knitted flares that are paired with a matching tank and knit bag.


This was another jumper that was popular last year and is a hero piece in Jacquemus’s autumn collection.

Cropped, body-skimming knitwear is another ’90s trend that’s making a comeback. Pair with high-waisted denim for a Rachel Green look.

Katie Holmes made the cardigan set a thing with her Khaite knitted set last year, and with working-from-home culture growing, it’s bound to be even more popular in 2020.

This is perfect for transitioning into your autumn wardrobe, as it’s light enough to wear now without a jacket and to layer under chunkier knit as the weather cools.

Many of the coolest knits this year all have a boxy, square neckline combined with long sleeves.

Floral-embellished cardigans are bound to take over our Instagram feeds come September. Top tip: You’ll find plenty of beautiful options secondhand and vintage.

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn and winter 2020.

Author Emma Spedding | Whowhatwear
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