Swedish School of Textiles
Shorter days, car scraping and reluctance to de-glove hands to reply to anyoneon Whatsapp – winter is well and truly upon us. However, the temperature dip doesn’t have to mean low spirits because this time of year also ushers in the season of comfort dressing. Think sassy sweats, chic jumper dresses, cosy knitted accessories, duvet-style coats and even pajamas that are so stylish you can wear them all day long (the dream!). These are our top comfort dressing picks.
Emerging London-based brand APU JAN is known for unusual knitwear techniques so shop this label for a statement scarf that will carry you through to spring, whether textured peach or ombre-effect grey and black. You’ll also find jumpers and cardigan dresses aplenty and even a poncho or two.
Katie Ann McGuigan
Theo VII Studio also provides options for longer knits and, if colour is your goal, we love Irish designer Katie Ann McGuigan’s AW17 collection. Colourful geometric prints and oversized scarves stick two fingers up to dull old winter black – it’s all about clashing to match. On the hat front, get cosy with Triinu Pungits knitted hat, complete with giant red bobble.
Street luxe is still a thing and that means you can legit get away with tracksuits no matter where you are. Billie Jacobina specialises in printed textiles, using traditional techniques to create contemporary, cutting-edge designs, and her pastel pink sweats with printed pockets from her AW17 collection are ideal for comfort dressing with attitude.
Stay Cool NYC is another brand that creates hoodies and sweatshirts we’d happily spend the winter in, specialising in 80s and 90s inspired chill-wear, it’s influenced by surf, skate and street cultures, generating fun, retro designs. Lunyee, a collaborative brand created by designers Saini Chan and Sophie Han, featured oversized hoodies in its SS18 collection with zip detailing on sleeves and slogan drawstrings. Let’s face it, in the UK the comfort dressing season lasts until June.
If you’re feeling bold then duvet coats and pajama dressing are the delightfully extreme end of the comfort dressing spectrum. If you struggle with that early morning wake up these pieces are the dream. London based brand IRYNVIGRE’s trademark flowing draped forms lend themselves perfectly to the duvet coat, or gillet in this case; an oversized quilted grey design with red stitching.
If a gillet isn’t your style, Sonja Jocić’s duvet coat comes in sleek white with a buckle to keep you all wrapped up, and the graduates from The Swedish School of Textiles have created floor length coats in canary yellow and sleeping-bag inspired outerwear. The SST SS18 show also provided some of the best pyjama inspo for this season and next, with floral bed shirts and multi-print t-shirt dresses all thrown into the mix.
Swedish School of Textiles
By Elizabeth Kennedy