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Fashion: Four fresh knitwear trends to shake up your autumn look

Katie Wright shows you the shapes and prints to be seen in this season

Monsoon Mali Knitted Jumper Coord, £49; Mali Knitted Pencil Skirt Coord, £49; Bia Block Star Knitted Dress, £65, all from Monsoon

ARE you glad that knitwear season's finally here? After that annoying in-between period when it's too cold for T-shirts but too warm for woollies, now we can embrace winter fashion in all its glory.

But that doesn't just mean throwing on the same boring old jumpers. This season, take your knitwear up a notch with stylish silhouettes and catwalk-inspired prints.

Here are four new trends to try now...

COORDINATE YOUR LOOK

Winter's answer to double denim, woolly coords are a genius idea, because they're as comfy as loungewear but still look classy. For a chic workwear look, team a jumper and skirt set with brown leather boots and accessories, or keep it casual with slouchy trousers and trainers.

:: Monsoon Mali Knitted Jumper Coord, £49; Mali Knitted Pencil Skirt Coord, £49; Bia Block Star Knitted Dress, £65

:: Tu Olive Green Popper Detail High Neck Jumper, £20; Olive Green Knitted Wide Leg Trousers, £20; Scarf, £12; Boots, £28

:: M&Co Caramel Ribbed Blouson Sleeve Jumper, £26; Caramel Knitted Pencil Skirt, £26

DRESS IT UP

Loose, 80s-style jumper dresses take a back seat for autumn as form-fitting knits take centre stage. In ribbed fabrics and dark hues, these clingy frocks are a far cry from frumpy jumpers. Add knee high boots to really amp up the sex appeal.

:: Sosandar Black Button Through Ribbed Knitted Dress, £79; Black Leather Zip Knee High Boots, £139

:: Miss Selfridge Green Knitted Rib Roll Neck Jumper Dress, £35

PLAY WITH PROPORTIONS

Another way to make a snuggly jumper feel modern is by opting for an on-trend silhouette and this season that means balloon sleeves. A chunky jumper with puffy sleeves is ideal for teaming with an A-line mini or a floaty maxi dress and a pair of ankle boots.

:: Very Jumper, £35; Check Midaxi Dress, £45 (shoes, stylist's own)

:: Miss Selfridge Yellow Long Sleeve Knitted Jumper, £30

EMBRACE YOUR ANIMAL SIDE

:: Leopard print may have dominated all summer, but now zebra stripes are ruling the fashion kingdom. And not just black and white, either. Autumnal hues and khaki variations fit with this season's Seventies vibes, while a dash of sporty stripes breaks up a monochrome base.

:: Matalan Zebra Print Jumper, £16

:: Roman Khaki Mixed Animal Print V-Neck Jumper, £35

:: M&Co Zebra Boucle Jumper, £15 (was £26)

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