The quest for the perfect Christmas jumper

6 Dec

The quest for the perfect Christmas jumper has been one I’ve been meaning to embark upon for a while now and a request via Twitter from my friend Steph alongside the fact that it’s Online Fashion Week prompted me to restart this with earnest. Or Ernest, who saved Christmas, remember?

Anyway, I digress.

The perfect Christmas jumper should tick a few boxes. These are:

  • Festive
  • Cosy
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Not ironic.

Of course, there’s a traditional Fair Isle print that you could go for, or full on Christmas motifs, but it depends on:

a.) How much you love Christmas, and

b.) How subtle or loud you want your outfit to be.

It also kind of depends on how you want to wear your knit, too. Skinny jeans, chelsea boots, mittens and earmuffs look awesome with a big oversized jumper whereas a more fitted jumper would work with thick wool tights, brogues and a corduroy skirt. Anyway, to the jumpers…

First port of call, the mighty blighty high street.

This is from good old Topshop, and is pretty bob on as far as Christmas jumpers go. Fairly easy to wear and nicely festive without making you look too much like these dudes.

topshop christmas jumper snowflake retro vintage christmas jumper uk fashion blog gemma critchley

I also really like this chunky knit from Joy, which is more of a cardigan than a jumper, but the colours are fab and it’d be quite versatile so for those reasons, I’m in.

joy shawl cardigan fair isle knit christmas jumper vintage retro gemma critchley fashion blog

Next, onto the hipster shops (you know, the Urban Outfitters/American Apparels of this world).

This super cute Cooperative Fox Intarsia cardigan from Urban Outfitters is ace, I know it’s not strictly a jumper (or anything to do with Christmas), but I still love it.

urban outfitters Christmas jumper 2012 vintage kitsch retro sweater knitwear fox cardigan

And so onto high end, and where so many shopping trips down the digital yellow brick road of fashion end up, we come to Coggles.

This beautiful Paul and Joe Sister Aspen jumper is my personal favourite, although I was torn for a bit between this and the lovely YMC one. I love those little pom-poms that make up the pattern though, and they swung it for me in terms of making it into my faves. Lush. That said, £175 is a LOT of money to spend on a jumper that you might not even wear next winter.

paul and joe sister aspen grey christmas jumper trend fashion blog gemma critchley coggles sarah knit YMC knitwear

Vintage/second hand would be great, but due to the Christmas jumper being one of the most worn trends of AW11 for both men and women, you’ll be hard pushed to find anything half decent that isn’t making the seller an 85% margin and seeing you out of pocket for no reason.

Believe me, I’ve looked.

A very different Christmas jumper post will follow this on Friday after the Creative Team Christmas Pub Crawl (TM) on Friday. Watch this space.


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