Street trend: jacquard sweaters

Posted on 15th July, by Colin Chapman in Knitwear, menswear, wool. 1 Comment

The word I really want to use is jacquard. One of those strange fashion words I am familiar with, probably having spent too much time browsing mail order catalogues and reading my mum’s magazines as a child, it has a sense of naff midle-Englishness about it, a bit like an old sit com. Bouclé is a similar word, as is the colour fawn.

But I digress from the point of this post; I spotted a young man yesterday wearing the most beautiful sweater as he stood before me in the queue at the local organic store. With a vibrant pattern of reds, oranges, rusts and deep blues and a intricate, highly textured surface, what was most enviable about it was that it was the perfect cover up for a summer evening. The slightly open weave allowed for breeze whilst the weight and quality of the knit – I’d guess at a combination of cotton and silk – suggested warmth but without any sense of heaviness, after all he was wearing shorts and deck shoes so this was no winter warmer. And as I gazed enviously at his knit I realised that I’d seen a number of sweaters with similar patterned qualities around recently. To my mind this means a street trend.

I’m usually the last fashion blogger in town to get excited about the change of seasons (at least at this side of the year) but with an upcoming holiday combining a sunny capital and days at the beach with cooling off in the mountain air, I’m definitely on the lookout for a stylish windbreaker.

The second word I have to use is Missoni. In these post I Am Love times I am completely obsessed with Italian brands, and the kind of effortless (though it is clearly not) Italian style and genius with colour that The Sartorialist showcases on a daily basis. I don’t own any Missoni, though that might need to change and I can’t think of another brand who would be more likely to turn out the most perfect of jacquard sweaters.

If you’re still wondering about that word jacquard, the most useful and least technical definition I could find came from the Merriam Webster dictionary:

Main Entry: jac·quard
2 : a fabric of intricate variegated weave or pattern

Besides the random Google image find above, below is a selection of Missoni knitwear: vintage Missoni pieces and a single image from the upcoming Missoni AW10 season.

Expect a blog post soon once I’ve found the perfect sweater for my mountain idyll.

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