Meet Your New Winterwear Staple: The Elegant Sweater

For too long, knitwear has been overlooked as a practical off-duty wardrobe staple

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For too long, knitwear has been overlooked as a practical off-duty wardrobe staple – essential and unexciting. But no more! AW16 is its season in the spotlight and the sweater is ready to showcase its many hidden talents. As seen on our cover star, Lily James in Burberry, the jumper can be the transformative piece that single-handedly elevates your look.

After something clean and understated? Try the graceful bell sleeves seen at The Row and J.W.Anderson, or the simple belted styles by Sacai and Joseph.

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Craving the athleisure look? Let Louis Vuitton's varsity-inspired styles enthuse you.

Want some guaranteed Instagram likes? Then you'll need Gucci's intarsia cat (top image) or Valentino's butterfly-embroidered, classic cable knit.

Wool and Crystal Jumper, £2,140, Gucci

The styling options are limitless, too. Whether you pair one with an ankle-grazing pleated midi skirt or your favourite denim, layer it under a pinafore or even partner with tailored trousers, the impact is the same: laid-back luxe. On the high street, head to Zara for the most faithful catwalk recreations, ASOS White for directional silhouettes and fabrics, and Whistles for understated essentials with oh-so- subtle twists.

Cotton Jumper, £485, Sacai at Net-A-Porter

Nylon-Mix Jumper, £24.99, New Look

Lurex Jumper, £185, PS By Paul Smith At Very Exclusive

Wool and Crystal Jumper, £245, Ba&sh

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