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Most of us don’t love this time of year. The nights are drawing in rapidly, temperatures are falling and the sunshine seems like a distant memory. On the plus side though, if you wrap up warm there are plenty of crisp winter days when walking outdoors can lift your mood. And what better way to stay cosy than with the latest knitwear collection from Cotton Traders? As always, they have a wide range of colours and styles from oversize comfies to stylish, fitted items. I have been eyeing up their winter coats but settled on one of the warmest hoodies I’ve ever seen. Along with a stylish knitted jumper that goes with EVERYTHING due to its neutral base and multicoloured flecks.
Cotton Traders cowl neck knitted tunic
Firstly, I’m not sure why this is called a tunic. Perhaps I’m out of touch, but I did look it up and tunics tend to be quite long, usually down to the knees – more like a dress. But it’s clear from the images on the website that it’s actually a particularly cosy jumper. It’s quite long, but definitely something for wearing with jeans or trousers and not on its own!
I am a fan of oversized clothes, particularly at this time of year. So, I ordered a size larger than I would usually go for and this did not disappoint. The fabric is extremely soft to touch, from beige yarn with multicoloured flecks. The front has the classic cable design that seems to be really popular this year, whilst the back is plain knit. The colour is listed as wheat, and it’s also available in an emerald green.
Since this jumper arrived, I’ve worn it for everything. Work meetings, a church service, going for coffee and a trip to the theatre. I’m dreadful for forgetting a coat, yet I haven’t felt cold at all when walking around in this. In fact it’s so warm, I’m considering taking it for after cold water swimming. The only thing that’s holding me back is that I’m worried about ruining it because it really is lovely! That said, it seems quite hardy and has coped fine with multiple wears and washes so far.
Cotton Traders hooded knitted zip cardigan
I think I might be out of touch with the terms for things, because I’m not sure I’d have this one down as a cardigan. I’d describe it more as a knitted hoodie. In fact, the hood is the cosiest thing about it, with the most fabulous faux-fur lining that warms me up as soon as I look at it.
This one stands out with a patchwork design of various tones and textures on the front of the garment. The hem and cuffs are ribbed and there’s a lovely patch pocket too. This is quite a short length, fine to wear with trousers or a skirt. Whilst the hoodie style prevents it from being super-smart, you’d definitely get away with it as smart-casual.
If you are a fan of knitwear but neither of these garments appeal, do check out the Cotton Traders website, they have a gorgeous collection this year – I found it really difficult to choose. Equally, their trousers and jeans are always great quality. I am still wearing the ones I have had from them during past seasons and they pair beautifully with this season’s knits.