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Discover design-led knits for spring, from this season’s most-wanted boxy sweaters and knitted vests to slinky ribbed jumper dresses

Purple reign: all hail the sleeveless jumper

A staple knitwear design from the 1970s, the sleeveless jumper is back and, this season, it’s the epitome of cool thanks to Gen Z and viral TikTok fashion trends. Spotted on style-setting celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Harry Styles and Victoria Beckham, sweater vests are a versatile addition to any wardrobe – whether you opt for a block colour or make a statement with quirky patterns.

A V-neck vest is great for showing off pretty collars and statement sleeves. Layer a lavender sleeveless knit over a long-sleeved midi dress, adding a narrow belt to cinch in proportions. Slip on over a simple white crew-neck tee with wide-leg jeans and trainers on warmer days.

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So abstract! Gallery-worthy knitwear designs

Turn heads with a graphic knit that wouldn’t look out of place on the walls of the Tate Modern. Consider your jumper a canvas upon which to showcase this season’s artisanal knitwear trends, from vivid colour-blocking to more subtle ombré and space-dye effects.

This striking mock-neck jumper by Autograph features voluminous sleeves and fitted cuffs for extra style points. Pair the vibrant pink palette with deep indigo jeans or try the monochrome colourway if you prefer to wear with authentic-wash denim. Simple white trainers complete the look.

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Cute and colourful cardigans

Not so much a trend as a perennial style classic, the cardigan is a year-round staple (especially for those of us who shudder at the very thought of ever being chilly). Choose between slim-fitting ribbed designs, such as this striped cardie, which looks great worn with ecru jeans and trousers, or a chunky option, perfect for balancing out skinny jeans or, for casual settings, leggings.

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Plush hour: maximise your cosy with ultra-soft cashmere

For knitwear that will last you a lifetime, look no further than premium cashmere. Looked after properly, cashmere will last for years – which is why a timeless shape, such as this V-neck jumper is a great choice. The other brilliant thing about cashmere is its warmth – despite being lightweight, it has a very high insulation factor, which means it’s ideal for keeping you snug when there’s a chill in the air.

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A good ribbing: the outfit-in-one knitted dresses

Sometimes only the simplest outfit will do, hence the enduring appeal of the jumper dress. Offering coverage, warmth and plenty of sartorial impact, a sweater dress is the perfect choice for spring. Opt for a figure-hugging belted design, such as this cobalt blue dress (which comes in four shades) to accentuate curves. Or, go for a baggier zip-necked style to wear with chunky boots, depending on your personal style.

Ideal for in-between weather, knitted dresses also look great with bare legs and ballet pumps on sunny days – a lightweight trench coat is the only layer you’ll need.

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Words: Dulcie Emerson and Sophie Hines

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