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The sweater is loved perennially for plenty of reasons, but our favourite? The type that hugs the body and keeps us feeling snug just the way any practical outfit should.

And so, when we heard about the new emerging fashion trend coined “summer sweaters”, we were intrigued with the ‘90s-style knit ribbed tanks, cropped cardigans and crochet tops. Even knitted swimsuits are having a moment, proving that lightweight and breathable knitwear is the way to go. Not only will you get all the comforts you would get from a sweater, these trending knits (which, yes, includes the Instagram-favourite crochet pants) will also keep you sweat-free in Singapore’s weather.

Eager to add some of these easy chic knits to your daily wardrobe? We’ve got four ideas for you below on how to style them for any occasion from work to weekend brunch.


Weekend Brunch

Wilfred San Clemente top, US$40 (S$54.24) from Aritzia; Crystalline Agate earrings, S$301 from Farfetch; LOQ Carmen suede mules, US$325 from Net-a-porter; She Made Me Sita crochet cropped trousers, S$243 from Farfetch; Marni bi-colour leather clutch, S$570 from Matches Fashion

What better way to tackle the trend head-first than with a head-to-toe knit ensemble? Team a knitted crop top with a pair of laidback crochet trousers for a casual weekend brunch date with the girls. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with colour and texture, summer knits are all about playful, tongue-in-cheek styling – and we especially like the way they look in vibrant colours. Top it all off with a fun pair of earrings, suede mules and a chic clutch that screams “Weekend ready!”.


Summer Vacay

Babaton Torsten knit top, US$28.99 from Aritzia; She Made Me Aahana crochet skirt, S$101 from Farfetch; Missoni Pines cardigan, S$963 from Farfetch; Jennifer Behr Valerie gold-tone faux pearl hair clip, US$58 from Net-a-porter; The Row Bare leather sandals, US$790 from Net-a-porter

Square-neckline tank tops reminiscent of the ‘90s are back in style, and we’re completely obsessed with the cropped silhouette and chunky wide straps on this one from Aritzia. Styled together with a playful crochet skirt and a lightweight cardigan to shield against chilly nights on the beach, this sculpt-knit yarn-crafted tank top makes for a summer vacay essential.


The Office

Loewe cropped cardigan, S$770 from Farfetch; Rupert Sanderson Melissa square-toe leather sandals, S$895 from Matches Fashion; Rebecca De Ravenel Penelope twisted hoop earrings, S$125 from Matches Fashion; Herve Leger textured knit-paneled bandage skirt, US$693 from Net-a-porter; Boucheron Reflet small watch, S$4,678 from Farfetch; By Far mini croc-effect leather tote, US$560 from Net-a-porter

For a more sophisticated, polished look fit for the boardroom, opt for a knitted cardigan and wear it as a blouse.

The perfect mate to a hip-hugging bandage skirt with crochet panelling, this cropped cardigan from Loewe manages to nail the perfect balance between relaxed and professional. Complete the look with on-trend square-toe heels, a watch that shows you mean business, a croc-effect tote and matching earrings.


Date night

Missoni Mare crochet-knit swimsuit, US$410 from Net-a-porter; Lucy Folk Pharaoh gold-plated, pearl and Lurex earrings, US$285 from Net-a-porter; The Row Gala kick-flare satin trousers, S$4,020 from Matches Fashion; Yoko London 18kt yellow gold diamond Trend necklace, S$2,343 from Farfetch; Prada 85 suede ankle boots, US$950 from Net-a-porter

We’re no strangers to the wearing-swimwear-as-tops style hack. In fact, we’re true advocates of it.

First off, swimsuits have way cuter designs as compared to more basic bodysuits we usually find in the market.

Next, though this is only specific to crochet or knitted swimsuits, they offer sweat-battling ventilation that’s almost necessary amidst all the sweltering sticky humidity we deal with here in Singapore.

Try out this style tip for yourself and balance the fitted silhouette of this crochet swimsuit with a pair of high-waisted wide leg trousers for a sexy date night out. Finish the ensemble with a pair of gold plated earrings with pearl accents, a matching pearl necklace to complement the low-plunging decolletage, and a classy pair of ankle boots.