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Blogger Fran Bacon, founder of The Fashion Lift, on the knitwear you need, plus how to style it


“As the leaves on the trees turn to red and gold, the days get shorter and the nights longer, it’s time to cocoon ourselves in cosy, soft knitwear. Each winter I look forward to bringing out the knits to keep me looking stylish and feeling super snug for the long months ahead.

“Marks & Spencer excels in knitwear. The textures, shapes and colours always add some much needed interest to my autumn wardrobe. Each piece can be incredibly versatile, dressed down with jeans and wellies for weekend walks in the woods or dressed up with tailored trousers and heels for a smart work wardrobe.

“The skinny-rib jumper is an eternally useful piece in every wardrobe. Wear layered under jackets; this black bouclé jacket looks amazing on – I love wearing it with jeans and heels for a dressed up/dressed down look. Or layer the skinny polo under a dress for added style and warmth. It’s a super-versatile winter wardrobe basic.”

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A black roll-neck is a wardrobe essential
Colour clash with bold accessories
Sculptural heels are bang on trend
Ripped jeans contrast with smart jackets


“This outfit, to me, is pure heaven. I am a huge fan of M&S cashmere – the cashmere jumpers are super soft, cut beautifully, wash well and keep their look wear after wear.

“I paired my navy, cashmere jumper with a pair of ultra-cosy cashmere tracksuit bottoms, a cashmere oversized scarf, leather biker and leather trainers. It really is the one outfit I wish I could wear every day, from the moment I wake to lazy evenings at home with a glass of wine and a good book or Netflix series.

“The biker is one of my autumn essentials. Size down and wear it neat (but make sure you can still fit a jumper underneath). Wear with dresses and trainers or boots and add this beautiful cashmere scarf for extra warmth.”

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Cashmere crews in a rainbow of colours
A cashmere scarf is super soft and cosy
A biker jacket is a wardrobe essential
Lounge it up in cashmere joggers


“Big, chunky knits are having a fashion moment once again, and this beautiful turquoise jumper is warm, soft and feels like a huge hug around me. I have paired it with buttery soft leather trousers and heels, but it can also be teamed with a pair of skinny jeans and trainers.

“The colour is perfect for this time of year and flattering against the skin. Clash with red and pink accessories to add a splash of colour to a winter look.

“Autumn and winter I am ready for you – bring on weekend afternoons in a pretty pub with a glass of red wine, walks through the countryside culminating with a mug of hot chocolate and dark evenings spent in front of the fire. Add the perfect knitwear to snuggle in to and suddenly winter doesn't look quite so bad.”

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Fran loves a statement-making knit
Leather trousers you’ll wear forever
Go on the prowl with leopard heels
A bold bag completes the look


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