The Duchess of Cambridge-inspired knitwear essential to buy this autumn

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The one knitwear item we want this autumn, inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge. (Getty Images)

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Autumn is often tricky when it comes to outfit planning.  

You step outside in that bulky knitted jumper, only to immediately regret it the moment you feel the sun on your face, but your trusty T-shirt and denim jacket combo will make you wish you had on a few extra layers.

While transeasonal dressing is always tricky to master, we've come across an item of knitwear that may just do the trick - and we may have had a little help in the wardrobe inspiration department from the Duchess of Cambridge.

Last week, the royal chose to wear a green short sleeve knit during a visit Kew Gardens for her and Prince William's Generation Earthshot event. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kew Gardens to take part in a Generation Earthshot event with children from The Heathlands School last week. (Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kew Gardens to take part in a Generation Earthshot event with children from The Heathlands School last week. (Getty Images)
The Duchess wore a green Zara knit with a coordinating coat from Erdem. (Getty Images)
The Duchess wore a green Zara knit with a coordinating coat from Erdem. (Getty Images)

While the exact Zara version, which she paired with a coordinating Erdem coat, is no longer available. 

The Duchess persuaded us that a short sleeve knit may be just what our wardrobes are missing, so we've found a similar Cashmere Knitted Top from Boden, which also happens to be currently on sale

It comes in eight hues, from a duchess-approved emerald-green, to a dusty pink, classic black and navy. and honey nude shade. 

The short-sleeve knit is made from 100% cashmere, looks super luxurious and feels so soft one customer said it "felt like I was getting a hug".

The knitted top is a versatile layering piece that can be dressed up or down. (Boden)
The knitted top is a versatile layering piece that can be dressed up or down. (Boden)
It comes in eight different shades, from classic navy and black to statement pink and green. (Boden)
It comes in eight different shades, from classic navy and black to statement pink and green. (Boden)
It features rib detailing across the neck, cuffs and hem and a flattering semi-fitted shape. (Boden)
It features rib detailing across the neck, cuffs and hem and a flattering semi-fitted shape. (Boden)

The super-soft material is sourced from Inner Mongolia and as such doesn't have the same 'itch' that certain types of cashmere are known to have. 

The short sleeves and semi-fitted shape make it a versatile layering piece that's ideal for every season - but particularly the autumn months, while we're still wearing our summer dresses with the addition of tights. 

In short, it's a timeless piece that will make up a key part of your wardrobe for years to come. 

We all know cashmere doesn't come cheap, which is why now is the time to snap up this Boden number as you can currently get 20% off with the code U4D9, taking it down from £95 to £76.

What the reviews say:

  • "J'adore this cozy cashmere top—it felt like I was getting a hug when I put it on! It's elegant but works with jeans as well as skirts and trousers. I ordered the striking emerald green and am considering getting the gray (black diamond), too."

  • "Nice, soft cashmere. Fitted nicely and will be a good versatile piece."

  • "Great staple piece to have in the wardrobe. I've already had plenty of use on several occasions: dates with friends and work. The colour and cut are just like in the images. The material is gorgeous!"

  • "I love everything about this sweater. I purchased two; the light brown and light green. They are both soft beautiful colors. The sweaters fit great, feel great on, and look good too. Don't wait buy this sweater for the quality it's worth every penny"

  • "This is a really useful jumper for layering. Very soft, and a good navy."

  • "Beautifully soft, a gorgeous colour and a great fit. A really versatile top. Can't wait to wear it."

Buy it: Cashmere Knitted Top | £76 (Was £95) from Boden

£76 £95 at Boden

Need a pair of jeans to style it with? 

May we suggest Boden's very popular Slim Straight Jeans – boasting over 200 reviews, customers say they're so impressed with the fit and comfort that they've come back to add a second or even third pair to their basket.

The jeans come in six shades – black, grey, indigo, blue, khaki and white – and sizes 6 to 22.

Buy it: Slim Straight Jeans | £65 at Boden

(Boden)
(Boden)

£65 at Boden

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