Chanel’s fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection was all about the knits (well, aside from the fully stocked supermarket that was the runway). The house’s inventive use of fabric married some unlikely combinations: a tweed skirt suit over metallic vinyl leggings and an oversized wool jacket over leather pants. Karl Lagerfeld also nodded to the ever popular sporty trend in this presentation with marled knit sweater and legging sets paired with sneakers. A true staple of sporty style and comfort, marled knits appeared all over the fall 2014 runways. This knitted fabric has such depth and texture, especially when worn in the popular color palette of grays and blacks.
Determined to bring this chic runway trend to street style, I sought out a marled garment of my own. I found this slit maxi dress at H&M and fell in love with its simplicity—the center of attention really is the fabric itself. Not only is the dress beautiful and flattering, the marled knit makes it insanely comfortable and easy to wear the entire day. I decided to add a beachy feel to the maxi dress by accessorizing with long beaded necklaces, sandals and a fun pair of mirrored sunglasses. While I went for laid back and beachy, I could totally see this dress worn sporty with a pair of sneakers and a leather jacket.
There are so many ways to work the marled knit trend into your own wardrobe. You can find this fabric in jogger pants, cardigans, sweaters and shift dresses to suit your own style. The best part is that marled knits are the perfect piece to wear in the transitional period between summer and fall. Pile on the layers as the temperatures start to dip to keep this fabric trendy and relevant.