When it comes to picking out a summer outfit, knits are probably not at the forefront of your mind, but they definitely should be. A good knitted item can add texture, shape and color to an ensemble – plus, loose or thin knits provide the same easy, breezy feel of linen.
There's also the kitschy novelty of something knitted, like a bathing suit or a watch strap. It's not totally functional, but it adds excitement to a generally meh item. Some of the most buzzed about young brands experiment in knitwear too, from the swim line Kiini, to the colorful tops of Risto, to the sophisticated sweaters and dresses by CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee Ryan Roche.