Good knitwear is always a worthwhile investment. Like a piece of coveted art or a camel coat, it is iconic. The choice of knitwear exposes a lot about a character. From timeless and sturdy, to crisp, elegant, and colourful, a whole myriad of personas can be worn. Whether luxury, vintage, or bargain, dress appropriately for Scotland’s never-ending sweater weather and untangle the best spots in Edinburgh to shop for knits.
A no-brainer when it comes to luxury finds, Harvey Nichols holds the key to a lifetime’s worth of high-end knitwear. Keep the cool air at bay with an Isabel Marant thick cable-knit or a grey ruffled wool-blend sweater from Elizabeth and James. Other brands sporting some serious knit-game this season are James Perse, Eileen Fisher, Vince, Markus Lupfer, Alice + Olivia, and Kenzo, to name a few. From look-at-me prints and fun logos, to roll necks, waffle-knits, bow-embellishments, and argyle, that dream investment knit is sure to be lurking there somewhere.
As always, Jigsaw is on point with this season’s knits. From herringbone batwing jumpers and merino cross rib cowls, to double-knit jackets, curved hems and polo necks, each and every piece is perfect. Think unassuming clean lines and subtle yet meticulous details blended with a desirable colour palette. Perhaps the most lust-worthy knitted item is the Ollason Shetland V-neck. Named after a traditional surname from the Shetland Isles in Scotland, this oversized jumper with ribbed details and dramatic plunge is entirely UK-made and part of their new exclusive collection.
Armstrongs is an Aladdin’s cave and treasure trove holding seasons of fashion trends from years gone by. A welcomed blast from the past and trip down memory lane, reminisce about granny’s starchy, creamy long cardigans complete with the concentric circles of brown leather buttons, or grandpa’s fisherman knit sweaters forever ready to brave the elements on a cold day. Look no further for unique knitwear pieces, from retro cardigans and vintage sweaters to boleros and enticingly tacky festive sweaters.
The epitome of elegance and understated chic, Jaeger is a one-stop-shop when it comes to sourcing the best knitwear. From ribbed to mohair, embellished, hooded, slouchy, and double trim, this year’s knits from Jaeger are second to none. Top picks include a grey wool ribbed longline gilet with yellow trimming, wool textured blocked cardigans in camel and charcoal, ivory cable-knit sweaters and tank tops, boiled wool cropped sweaters, and a chunky crew neck leopard print number from the Donna Ida x Jaeger Collection.
Jane Davidson has been dressing the most stylish folk in Edinburgh for years, and this season will be no different. Like Harvey Nichols, this intimate boutique stocks some of the most coveted luxury fashion finds, but without the overwhelming selections common to a larger store. From niche brands to designer classics, Jane Davidson is a must-visit spot when in search of iconic knits. From timeless Diane von Furstenberg sweaters to slouchy roll necks by Peserico, and maroon polo necks with flirty exposed shoulders by Theory, finding that perfect one should be a no-brainer.