9 Knock-Out Knits

Knits are like a winter fashion rite of passage. Those in the know about style say you need at least one in your closet. You can go subtle with a knitted accessory — such as gloves, a hat or scarves — or opt for a larger piece, like a sweater dress or a statement cardigan, worn here by “Real Housewives” personality Kyle Richards. Knits are as cozy as they are fashionable and can be styled dozens of ways. Make sure whatever you buy fits well and is structurally sound so it lasts for years.

Knit Pullover

Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding wears this quintessential winter knit pullover with a pair of black shorts for a youthful vibe. Jene Luciani, a nationally acclaimed fashion and style expert, says this look is right on trend, and also suggests pairing a pullover knit with leggings, shimmering tights, tweed shorts or jeans.

Knit Jacket

The tossed-over-the-shoulder knit jacket worn by British model Alice Dellal is a timeless garment that’s universally flattering. “This is a versatile piece you’ll wear all the time, especially in a neutral color like this one,” noted Luciani. “She could have come straight from work, worn it buttoned up over the dress in the office, and then taken it off to reveal some tasteful cleavage for the evening out.”

Knitted Scarf

“A scarf is a winter weather essential, but fashion-wise it’s meant to be an accent piece, so you want to make sure it does just that,” advised Luciani. She says that while this scarf — worn by singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepson — is a knock-out knit, it should be paired with either no hat or a smaller hat for better balance.

Curve-Hugging Knit Dress

Curves abound in this flattering knit dress worn by model Kyle Bax. “It’s really accentuating all her best assets without looking too tight,” said Luciani. “She’s completely smooth too, which tells me she has the right undergarments underneath — very important with a knit dress.”

Knit Beret

“I love a knit beanie cap with flowing locks and side-swept bangs peeking out,” said Luciani about singer-songwriter Brooke White’s knitted beret. “She’s also wearing the cap right at the crown, which is proper placement.” This chic placement shows off her face.

Cropped Knit Sweater

German actress Hannah Herzsprung stands out in this purple Chanel cropped knit sweater. Luciani said she loves bright colors in the winter and suggests not shying away from them. For a variation on this look, try a “button-down cardi with the marbled effect and stay in the color scheme of the skirt,” she advised.

Sequined Knit Cardigan

“I love a good metallic, especially around the holidays,” said Lucini of German singer-songwriter Bahar Kizil’s sequined knit cardigan. The sequins punch up an otherwise drab garment. “This sweater hits just above her hips, which still shows her shape, and she wears it open, so it shows off the sheer top underneath.”

Sheer Layered Knit Sweater

Ashlee Simpson pairs an oversize sheer knitted sweater with an undershirt and leggings. Luciani said the proportions here are good — baggy on top and fitted on the bottom — but cautioned to be wary of this look if you’re curvy since it can hide your shape and add pounds. She recommends this look for petite women, in particular.

Cropped Knit Cardigan

“No one does casual-chic quite like Katie Holmes,” said Luciani of the actress. “I love the leathery waxed look to the pants paired with the perfectly proportioned cardi and cream shell underneath.” When re-creating this look, keep things in a neutral color scheme like Holmes does and make sure every piece fits well.

A Perfect Coat for Every Body

In cold weather, women rely more on outerwear to make a fashion statement. And although few women look like actress Marie Cotillard in a coat (pictured here) whatever your shape, there’s a style that will flatter you most. Also keep in mind that you may need more than one coat for the season. For example, if you’re wearing a dress and have exposed legs, a longer coat will keep you warmer. The same long coat, however, can look bulky with a heavy sweater and jeans.

Peacoat

Actress Gina Gershon sports a winter favorite here: the peacoat. “A peacoat flatters most full-figured and pear-shaped ladies,” said Jess Zaino, style producer for ABC’s “The Chew” and founder of Cheap Chic Shopping Tours. “They give structure to the shoulders and balance a thick waist and big hips.”

Trench

The classic trench, worn here by actress Dianna Agron, flatters all body shapes. “The sexy, fitted belt at the waist accentuates a super feminine, hourglass figure,” said Zaino. “If you’re petite, look for a hemline that hits above the knee to avoid looking smaller.”

Parka

Actress Ariel Winter looks trendy in this puffy blue parka. While it works on many shapes, note that the volume does add width to your frame. “Avoid a loose fit, which will leave you looking shapeless,” Zaino said. She also said that long parkas look best on taller women, so keep it cropped if you’re petite.

Cropped Fur Coat

“A cropped fur is so very Hollywood,” said Zaino, but she noted that it can be tricky to pull off for some sizes. Model Jessica White, who is tall and slim, wears it well. “Make sure the sleeves fit [so] as not to look childish and that the hemline hits at or above the waist to show off curves instead of hiding them.”

Cape Coat

Italian TV personality Miriam Leone is seen here wearing a vintage-inspired white cape. “Capes work on slight and curvy frames, petite and tall women, and will work even if you are between sizes,” said Zaino. She added that it’s an especially appropriate coat during transitional weather and works well as a layering piece.

Bracelet Sleeve

Notice how the sleeves on this coat stop at the elbow and show off what TV personality Kris Jenner is wearing underneath, hence the name “bracelet sleeve.” This coat is ideal for layering and perfect for climates that aren’t especially cold. Because of the extra volume, it looks best on tall and narrow frames.

Cropped Coat

“A short tweed style is the ultimate statement in luxury style,” noted Zaino. This type of light coat looks best on an athletic frame, like actress Maria Bello’s. Zaino suggested pairing it with chic heels and pearls for a sophisticated cold-weather ensemble.

Wrap Coat

“Like Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress, the wrap coat is universally flattering on all body types and sizes,” said Zaino. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks polished, and her waist is accentuated. “The diagonal line formed by the classic coat’s closure slims and trims, while the belt at the waist gives a woman an ultra-feminine silhouette.”