One of the nicer things about winter is being able to wear cosy knitted things, but this doesn't have to mean hiding your body under layers of bulky jumpers. The knitwear this winter follows the dictates of the last two - slim and ladylike with minimal detailing. If you're into Pat Butcher off-the-shoulder appliqued specials you will hate it, but if you yearn for the laissez-faire style of Hepburn or Kelly you will love the little cardigans and short-sleeved sweaters in spring colours (pink, lemon, white and camel) which bring a glow to a winter outfit. The emphasis is on quality - cashmere and good-quality lambswool - and fit as this is not a look to wear two sizes too big. Burberrys does some fabulous cashmere twinsets in loads of colours, and Marks & Spencer excels itself every year in all things woolly. Cheap knitwear is a false economy - after the first wash it will bobble, lose its shape, and look like something that should be lining the cat's basket. Keep some cedarwood shavings (from The Body Shop) or chestnuts (yes really) among your woollens to keep the moths at bay.


Pink polo-neck jumper, pounds 22.50, Marks & Spencer branches nationwide. Black trousers from a selection at Warehouse, branches nationwide, tel 0181-910 1400. Belt, pounds 12.99, Next, branches nationwide, tel: 0116-284 9424. Black shoes, pounds 115, and bag, pounds 175, Russell & Bromley, 24/25 New Bond Street, W1, and branches.

White angora V-neck cardigan, pounds 39.99, Next (as before). Camel skirt, pounds 130, Burberrys, 18/22 Haymarket, W1, tel: 0171 930 3343.

Camel cardigan with gold buttons, pounds 89.50 with jumper underneath, pounds 67.50, Burberrys (as before). Black boucle and vinyl trim skirt, pounds 45.99, Kookai branches nationwide, tel: 0171-937 4411. Black snaffle-bar shoes, pounds 99.50, Russell & Bromley (as before). Tights used throughout, pounds 2.99, Cosmetics for Legs, pounds 2.99, Sock Shop branches nationwide. Gloves (held), pounds 19.50, Dickins & Jones, Regent Street W1.

Lemon short-sleeved jumper, pounds 25, Benetton branches nationwide. Black skirt, pounds 29.99, and belt, pounds 12.99, Next (as before). Black kitten-heeled shoes, pounds 115, and bag, pounds 265, Russell & Bromley (as before).

Pale green cardigan, pounds 39.99, Kookai (as before). Camel skirt with belt, pounds 36.99, Warehouse branches nationwide. Beige suede shoes, pounds 69, Pied a Terre, 31 Old Bond Street W1, and The Plaza, Oxford Street W1.

Pink mohair dress, pounds 96, Whistles, 27 Sloane Square SW1, and branches, tel 0171-730 9819. Neck muff, pounds 10, Cornucopia, 12 Upper Tachbrook Street, London SW1. Black gloves from a selection at Selfridges, Oxford Street, London W1. Bag, pounds 175, Russell & Bromley (as before).