When spring shows signs of making an appearance – be it an arresting flash of yellow daffodils, or lighter and brighter mornings – our reaction is to shed the heavy knits we’ve been cocooning ourselves in since November. But knitwear has a place in a spring wardrobe, too – it’s just about graduating from pieces that are cosy and functional to finer, outfit-topping alternatives.
The beauty of lighter knitwear is that it can become a key component in layering and easily weaved in your wardrobe for effortless mixing and matching. Follow this guide to contemporary womenswear designer Baukjen’s “VIP” knits and you’ll discover how to master your trans-seasonal wardrobe in the process.
The statement makers
You’ll almost always find an intarsia knit (a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours) in Baukjen’s collections because it’s such a firm favourite of the brand’s co-founder and creative director. “I love stars and this season we’ve done polka, too,” says Baukjen de Swaan Arons of the playful prints splashed across the statement pieces in the new collection. The Ingrid crew-neck spot knit is perfect for adding a spirited twist to off-duty classics such as boyfriend jeans and chinos, as well as for juxtaposing with more classic staples such as pencil skirts and tapered trousers. Meanwhile, the merino-mix Loxley intarsia jumper – available in black and white, grey and white, or baby blue and white – injects a touch of personality and sets the sartorial tone for a relaxed weekend.
It’s in the detail
As transitional knitwear tends to lend itself to finer weaves, look out for eye-catching details that chunkier alternatives just can’t master. Give a nod to balletic style with the Alana wrap top in pastel peach, a cover-up that evokes the gamine elegance of the late actress Audrey Hepburn. Chic without being too dainty, it’s just the ticket to shake up your usual silhouette.
Then there’s the Ingrid tie-front knit, which taps into the current trend for lace-up detailing, which shows no sign of abating. Adding an interesting dimension to an otherwise classic v-neckline, you’d be hard pressed to find something this versatile top doesn’t go with. Have fun with layering dainty chains and pendants through the lace-up feature.
Mad about stripes
Stripes are such a classic that in Baukjen’s eyes, they have more than earned their status as a wardrobe staple. And what’s so great about stripes – be they Breton-esque, like the Johnson striped jumper, or more abstract, via the Mei stripe top – is that they are perfect for adding a splash of patterned interest to your look without having to go into colourful and graphic territory. From white boyfriend jeans to a leather pencil skirt, a stripy knit will instantly make friends with everything you pair it with. Try navy stripes under a black blazer for a casual feel or, for a more unexpected styling twist, team with polka-dot trousers.
When the only reliable thing about the weather is how unreliable it is, savvy layering saves the day. And this is where a handful of hard-working, easy-to-style knits come in. The Nicola polo top, with its row of delicate buttons, will appeal to those with preppy predilections and will provide just the right barrier between you and the office air-con. Its collar is also great styled popping out over looser jumpers and crew-neck dresses. Sticking to a simple shape, such as the boat-neck Lena jumper, is also a great way to experiment with new colourways without treading into completely unchartered territory. This effortless cut will breathe fresh life into trousers and skirts, while providing a new-season colour injection.
Modern. Feminine. Versatile
For a stylish take on everything from workwear to your holiday wardrobe, the Telegraph is working in partnership with fashion brand Baujken to create must-have edits from their Spring/Summer range.
Baukjen is a family run business with seamstresses, pattern cutters and designers working under the same roof in their North London studio. Launched in 2008 by Amsterdam-born designer Baukjen de Swaan Arons, the brand provides women with a modern, everyday wardrobe that’s expertly tailored, easy to style and comfortable to wear.
Contemporary and versatile, the Baujken range celebrates the modern woman. With cleverly edited trends and beautiful fabrics, women can easily curate their own look from each collection, communicating their personal style through relaxed, effortless looks.
Head to tgr.ph/baukjen for this season's essential edits and outfit inspiration.