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5 Amazing Women’s Knitwear Trends for Pre-fall 2022

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Women’s pre-fall trends have been a major topic for quite a while—and for good reason. This is because the styles and attire that keep popping up are nothing short of amazing and jaw-dropping.

When coupled with knitwear notoriety like cardigans and knitted dresses, the trends explored in this article will help you boost sales. Let’s start with an overview of the size of the women’s knitwear market.

Table of Contents
The market size for women’s knitwear pre-fall trends in 2022
5 top-trending women’s knitwear pre-fall designs
Closing words

The market size for women’s knitwear pre-fall trends in 2022

The global knitwear market was estimated to be worth US $644.29 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow to US $1606.67 billion by 2029, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.10% from 2022 to 2029. 

The distribution channel’s “online” category will experience the highest CAGR increase during the forecast period as younger generations show increasing interest in online shopping. Based on the report, North America, China, and Europe together form the biggest stake of the market.

5 top-trending women’s knitwear pre-fall designs

The vest

Lady wearing knitted vest while on a computer
Lady wearing knitted vest while on a computer

Knitted vests are everywhere these days but pre-fall trends open up vests to new ideas and creative innovations. Like the noughties nostalgia which keeps coming back, vests are stylish and make for easy layering with other clothing.

The trend features a combination of knitted vests for a simple, casual look. Women can pair these vests with denim trousers or equally weighty materials like corduroy.

Cropped tops are also a  favorite, especially in the knitted vest form. Some women like to go for  the sexy stomach and arm reveal. The vests can be paired with denim trousers to enhance the casual look. They can also be worn with skirts made from cotton and wool for a smart-casual or even business-casual look.

Lady in a knitted vest and white undershirt
Lady in a knitted vest and white undershirt

Luxe layering involves contrasting colors together to make each layer of clothing more visible and outstanding. A simple black sleeveless knitted vest would pair well with a cream or camel-colored dress. This look also works with a knitted vest, inner business casual shirt, and a long skirt.

Butter effects hammer more on color combinations than fabric uses. Butter is close to a creamy milk color and looks even better on vests when the vests are paired with contrasting earth-tone colors like brown, clay, and black.

Modular details feature styles like false sleeves and buttons. The sleeves can be tied around the midsection to mimic an outer coat and buttons that stand out against the vest when made in colors like red, brown, and black. They can pair well with jeans for a casual look that works for the park and brunch with friends.

The roll-neck

Woman wearing roll-neck sweater
Woman wearing roll-neck sweater

Roll-neck knitted tops look like any old sweater out there but what makes them stand out is the way they can be intricately styled. Resort wear, for instance, is a laid back application of casual and semi-casual accents into an attire.

Roll-neck tops feature a play on colors, which are usually analogous and have elasticized wrists at the end of long sleeves. They can be paired with long pleated skirts in the same color family.

Lustrous yarns feature turtlenecks in lighter knitted fabrics. They can come in solid neutral colors like white and black. They pair well with pleated skirts or trousers made from linen and satin.

The cropped layers have crop tops and miniskirts that come as a matching set. They also usually have two sets of skirts, the shirt miniskirt and a longer skirt which covers the legs entirely. Contrasting or complementary colors are suitable for this trend to pair well with other dresses.

Woman wearing a cream-colored roll-neck sweater
Woman wearing a cream-colored roll-neck sweater

An honorable mention here is the elevated outdoors style. It is more of a work leisure look with blazers and wide-neck knitted sweaters. It is very suitable for semi-casual and formal events like seminars, lectures, and talk shows.

Women can pair them with wide-leg trousers in denim or linen fabrics to complete the look.

Sophisticated layering is more or less a fully formal style for women as it incorporates everything from suit pants to button-down shirts and thick blazers or overcoats. Instead of a shirt, women could opt for neutral colored turtlenecks for formal occasions.

Cardigan

Lady wearing a white cardigan
Lady wearing a white cardigan

Under this trend, the slouchy comfort style makes its debut. It’s a simple style featuring undershirts like tees and business-casual button-downs and denim. The significant factor is the large top coat that completes the look.

Women can rock these cardigans at book clubs, semi-casual friendly gatherings, and even backyard barbecues.

New prep style is a jacket and blazer only zone. It’s a reinvented business-casual style that women can wear to virtually any place—especially to bookstores to look extra smart. They can be paired with denim trousers or cotton-based trousers for a more stylish look.

Knitted tailored jackets usually come in matching sets because they look better that way. With striped knitted dresses and matching knitted long sweaters, women can’t go wrong pairing these two beauties together.

Woman wearing a black cardigan over blue skirt
Woman wearing a black cardigan over blue skirt

Fitted-shape knits are more slim-fitted for women who love showing their body silhouettes through tight clothing and thinner fabrics. Women can get slim-fit knitted tops and pair them with pleated skirts that drape around the ankles.

Suiting shapes are also a matching set style, but not inherently so. As knitted scarves are quickly becoming popular with women, they are a good fit with this style. Consumers can pair them with a knitted shirt and a matching mini or long skirt.

Crewneck

Woman wearing a crewneck sweater
Woman wearing a crewneck sweater

Honeycomb yellow is first on the list with bright hues, along with beautiful buttery tones and cream color variations that accentuates the knitted crewneck sweater perfectly. This fashion staple usually goes as a matching set and as statement dresses. Women can pair them with denim or linen trousers as they please.

The classic neutrals are a semi-casual look featuring top coats as the signature piece in the style. These can come in solid colors like brown, clay, camel, creamy white, or dark vanilla.

Classic cables are formal and classy as the name implies. They feature knitted sweaters and undershirts, and are perfect for classrooms, work, work-related occasions as well as business meetings. Women can pair them with a skirt or trousers made from cotton, satin, or linen, which are good for work pants.

Woman wearing a knitted crewneck sweater
Woman wearing a knitted crewneck sweater

Smart and cozy styling comes as another matching set of slightly oversized sweaters and skirts. Good colors for these are bright hues like yellow, orange, and cream.

The business casual is an honorable mention. With a knitted sweater, semi-formal undershirt, and an even more formal skirt or trousers, this look takes the cake. An oversized sweater is also good to bring out a laissez-faire air while maintaining a formal appearance.

The dress

Woman wearing a bright yellow knitted dress
Woman wearing a bright yellow knitted dress

Knitted dresses are perfect for formal activities. As all other gowns and dresses are, these provide an extra layer of protection and comfort to the wearer. The draping details style features asymmetrical dresses with belts around the waist in bright colors like green and cyan.

These knitted dresses can be worn to dances, balls, and formal events like fundraisers.

Elevated ribs shed turtlenecks and the entire idea in a great light. Sleeveless knitted dresses look great and sexy when styled adequately as these dresses with statement necks can be styled with an outer coat or blazer. Women can also choose to put on knee-high socks to elevate the look.

Woman wearing a white knitted dress
Woman wearing a white knitted dress

Belted dresses merge knits and layering together. Knitted round-neck dresses feature elastic bands on the bottom hem and wrists, and women can wear these dresses as they are or out on something beneath like a sheer dress, a light chiffon robe, or anything equally spectacular.

Closing words

It’s clear that the women’s knitwear pre-fall collections will sell like wildfire this year. Retailers should take hold of these trends to increase sales this season with the women’s dresses and cardigans. 

The sweaters and vests will be perfect for casual and semi-casual events while the dresses will call for more formal occasions like work, conferences, and so on.

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