The classic Christmas jumper is considered to be a slightly unfortunate piece thanks to its various depictions in films like Bridget Jones Diary and Harry Potter. They can be cheesy, ill-fitting, full of humour and good sentiments, but not exactly something you’d want to be seen wearing outside of the house. With the right knit, however, the Christmas jumper could just become the most covetable piece of festive wear in your wardrobe, which you could wear for get-togethers and meals out. For us fashion-conscious Christmas lovers, there are many different seasonal options that will have your feeling merry and bright, but without the cheesy snow men and the blindingly bright colour palates. Here are some of the best festive knits to get you in the mood for Christmas with their gorgeous embellishments and designs.
Markus Lupfer is the King of embellished knitwear, with his witty sequinned designs depicting everything from donuts to skulls, origami birds to poodles and disembodied lips. For Christmas time, Lupfer has reinvented big classic luxury sweatshirt, complete with raglan sleeves and a scoop neck, with a front that sports a glistening Christmas pudding, complete with brandy cream and holly. The quintessential Christmas dessert, this jumper is cheerful and fun; a modern reincarnation of a classic festive piece. We’d layer this jumper over a crisp white shirt and wear with a black denim miniskirt with opaque tights and loafers.
A traditional Nordic jumper is a perennially stylish way to nod to the season without turning into full-blown Mr or Mrs Christmas. We love this monochrome number modelled by Katy Perry above in their festive campaign, with a black background and white knitted Nordic snowflakes covering the polo neck. The bottom half is left white to create a dramatic contrast. The roomy, voluminous cut looks perfect for snuggling up in, with rolled up cuffs, raglan sleeves and an oversized fit, whilst the understated colour palate is chic and sophisticated. We’d pair this knit with a leather midi skirt (shop similar styles at maryjanefashion.com), sheer tights and a pair of luxurious pointed heels.
You’d be very lucky to find one of these jumpers lying around: Stella McCartney’s classic polar bear jumper was part of her A/W 2007 collection and was an instant hit. This is the Christmas jumper that can double up as a dress, proving slouchy with its wide neck, long sleeves and long hemline. Featuring a selection of Nordic prints and patterns in greys and creams, and two statement polar bears at the chest, this jumper is the height of luxurious festive fashion, probably not the piece to wear too close to all the mince pies and chocolates. If we were so lucky as to fly back in time to 2007 to snap up one of these jumpers (with the magical thousands of pounds we’d also have acquired), we’d style this knit with a pair of black classic skinny jeans with ankle boots for day or on its own with a pair of opaque tights and pointed heels for evening.
Contributed by Elizabeth Harper
Which of these holiday jumpers would you love to have hanging in your closet? Leave a comment and let us know!