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4 RETRO KNITWEAR STYLES

By Spencer Cain, October 28, 2018

Rocking throwback threads is still the move this season, and what better way to pay homage to decades past than by donning a retro knitted sweater? Take it back to the '70s with a classic grandpa cardigan, or channel your inner Steve Jobs and opt for a turtleneck moment. Here are our four stellar knits to get you through fall in style...

Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

 
Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

 

Cardie party

The cardigan has had a number of iterations over the years. What began as a military-inspired garment became a womenswear staple thanks to Coco Chanel. Years later, it nabbed icon status in the '70s as dad-fashion skyrocketed in popularity to counter the disco era. Courtesy of mega-brands like Gucci and Saint Laurent, retro embellished and patterned cardigans are now catwalk staples. Nothing shows respect to the old school quite like a check print. Make the 'fit a 2018 hit by going slightly oversized, and pair with wide-leg pants for a transitional home run.

ASOS DESIGN mohair wool blend check cardigan, $56

Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

 
Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

 

Shapes and stripes

Harking back to a knitting technique developed in the Shetland Islands, the Fair Isle sweater is characterized by jazzy geometric patterns and shapes. Case in point: this gem right here. Colorful patterned knits like this may seem on the busier side of style, but when executed correctly, they're an easy win. It’s the kooky colors and overall vibe that make this sweater a top pick for FW18. Team it with a pair of light-wash jeans, a waterproof parka and some clean white kicks for a functional ’fit.

ASOS DESIGN V-neck sweater in navy, $40
Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

 
Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

 

Not-so-mellow yellow

Fall/winter does tend to have people reaching for a gray palette — but frankly, we're down to switch things up. Just because the weather is bleak doesn't mean a pop of neon yellow isn't a welcome addition to the simplest of looks. As this textured knit is high on the bold spectrum, try styling it with wide-leg pants and monochrome sneakers, swapping in a khaki waterproof parka on rainy days.

ASOS DESIGN heavyweight chenille sweater in yellow, $36

Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

 
Knitwear styles | ASOS Style Feed

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Turtleneck time

When it comes to retro knitwear, this turtleneck is the boss. It’s the ultimate '90s gear  check out that sleek metallic finish. So, for a textured option, it’s a solid idea to add this to your fall arsenal. Don't be afraid to dial up the look and opt for vintage-style pieces to go with it. Wear a classic denim jacket over the top and some black chinos down below. Round off your look with a pair of Converse for serious old-school steez.

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