KNITWEAR might feel like more of a staple in the winter months but this season, the fashion world has practically pulled the wool over our eyes.

From oversized jumpers to mini skirts, knitwear is the hottest - and certainly the snuggest - trend right now. Even novelty jumpers are enjoying something of a style renaissance with reindeers, snowmen and penguins emblazoned all over cheery knits.

So whether you prefer handmade-style or couture Cashmere, it's time to throw out those tired, moth-eaten pieces and join the new style knitting club. Show off your knit-wit potential and go wild for woollies.

For a more outgoing option, try a sunny citrus shade, like orange, lime or yellow, that will ease you right through to spring.

Knitwear may have traditionally been confined to jumpers, cardigans and scarves but now there's a whole style spectrum on offer: coats, dresses, chunky tights, knitted skirts, arm warmers, leg warmers and even winter boots complete with cosy cuffs.

For the ultimate in fashion kudos, layer them all up at the same time for a top-to-toe knit takeover. Just ensure you mix up different colours and wool types for the most fashionable knit-wit look.

A quick scan of the high street pullover rails and you'll find all manner of knitted cuties and critters putting the fun back into fashion.

The key to ensuring it looks trendy - not tragic - is styling it up with something edgy and unexpected.

Steer clear of anything too girly on your bottom half - give your fluffy favourite some street cred with some rock-chick leggings or a leather skirt, so you have a real contrast of textures.