If, like me, you’ve spent far too much time watching TV at 5am (and wondering if Irish dancing could give you, too, legs like Emma’s), bright tops mean only one thing: The Wiggles. And we have to admit that the cheery knits below may be equally retina-scarring early in the morning. But right now, they’re hard to avoid on the high street – even here in Melbourne, the World Capital Of Black.
“Balenciaga, back in 2017, started this shift to colour, and Loewe showed a lot of colour, including a beautiful orange knit, in its 2019 Spring Ready-to-Wear collection,” says our shopping editor Tara Morris, who is a fan. “Bright knits add a really fun element to your winter wardrobe.”
Tara advises wearing a bright jumper a touch oversized, and teaming it (to avoid going full-Wiggle) with blue jeans or a midi skirt. “Wool teams nicely with silk, and a wool jumper looks great over a slip dress, giving a lovely textural contrast,” she says. “You could wear a silk, champagne skirt with a purple knit, for example, or a blue knit with a purple skirt – anything that sits in the same tonal family.”
You might want to keep accessories simple if you’ve got a lot of colour going on, Tara adds. “A clean heel or a sneaker works best, perhaps something like a Veja.”