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We're calling it. Every woman needs this $12 Kmart light knit in her wardrobe for winter.

Chunky, statement knits are really great at their jobs, but there’s a pressing factor we need to consider.

What about the days when you don’t want to make a statement? The days when you just want to roll out of bed and into something classic and sophisticated to get you through whatever the day will pelt at you?

Those are the days light knits are made for. They’re also made for every other day when the weather can’t decide if it’s autumn or winter.

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Essentially, light knits are sweaters. The only children of long sleeve skivvies and aforementioned chunky knits. The beauty of them, though, is you can wear them in so many ways, for so many weather conditions and occasions.

For example: you can take a summer/autumn midi skirt through to winter by swapping a graphic t-shirt for a light knit tucked in. And on days that are cold, but not freezing, a light knit fits nicely under a coat for the commute, but also provides enough warmth on its own in office air conditioning.

In very excellent timing, Kmart have released a lovely light knit that’ll cost you $12.

Tina Abeysekara, the affordable fashion influencer behind Trash to Treasured, recently styled the Kmart Drop Shoulder Jumper on her Instagram stories tucked into a mini skirt (the specific technique is called a French tuck).

The stylist has also featured similar light knits on her feed worn with jeans and loafer slides, tapered pants for an office-appropriate look, and with the $49 Target midi skirt.

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Tina has a knack for styling budget items and making them look luxe. Image: Instagram/Trash to Treasured.
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This Kmart knit has a drop shoulder design with a ribbed neckline and cuffs, and comes in eight colours: black, camel, grey marle, baby pink, white with black stripes, periwinkle blue, light grey with white stripes, and rose pink.

Sure, the viscose and polyester blend fabric isn't of the highest quality ($12, remember), but it's snuggly enough and most importantly, is lightweight. All eight colours also come in sizes 6-24.

Kmart isn't the only affordable retailer doing light knits - they're everywhere.

From bright colours and basics, to all different necklines, here are 10 more affordable light knits to get your arms into this winter.

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Cotton On Curve Crop Pullover, $29.99.

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Cotton On Curve Crop Pullover
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Cotton On Curve Crop Pullover
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Atmos&Here Curvy Ria Jumper, $59.95.

Atmos&Here Curvy Ria Jumper
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Uniqlo WOMEN Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater, $39.90.

Uniqlo WOMEN Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater
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Uniqlo WOMEN Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater
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Dotti Views Knit, $49.95.

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Dotti Views Knit
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Dotti Views Knit
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M&S COLLECTION Pure Merino Wool Roll Neck Jumper, $76.

M&S COLLECTION Pure Merino Wool Roll Neck Jumper
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M&S COLLECTION Pure Merino Wool Roll Neck Jumper
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Atmos&Here Cara Lightweight Knit, $49.95.

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Atmos&Here cara Lightweight Knit
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Cotton On Chloe Cropped Luxe Pullover, $49.99.

Cotton On Chloe Cropped Luxe Pullover
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Cotton On Chloe Cropped Luxe Pullover
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Cotton On Chloe Cropped Luxe Pullover
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Target V-Neck Jumper in Sky Marle, $25.

Target V-Neck Jumper in Sky Marle
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Target V-Neck Jumper in Sky Marle
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Uniqlo WOMEN Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater, $39.90.

Uniqlo WOMEN Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater
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Uniqlo WOMEN Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater
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Kmart Cocoon Hem Jumper, $20.

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Have you found a really great lightweight knit for winter? Tell us about it in the comments!

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