The Christmas jumper hall of fame

Where once the Christmas jumper was the reserve of jovial uncles, Bridget Jones’ Mark Darcy and the occasional bantering co-worker, nowadays you wouldn’t be so much Scrooge as an anomaly if you didn’t whip out a yuletide knit at some point during the festive period. With Christmas Jumper Day officially on the 13th of December, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the best seasonal pullovers you can’t help but (not so secretly) loving.

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With Christmas jumpers, there are two ways to go....

Full-on festive


For this, we’re talking winter critters, witty yuletide slogans and ounces of texture. Mohair, pom poms, sequins… you name it, we want it. Headache-inducing, garish patterns are a must. If it kind of looks like the sewing machine got stuck and went haywire, all the better.

Pulling off maximalist Christmas knits require confidence. Assume a ‘sorry, not sorry’ stance and pair with classic outfit regulars. For women, a luxe skirt and calf boots maybe, or tuck the jumper into high-waisted straight-leg jeans. For men, team with chinos, cord trousers and shoes, or jeans and rugged boots.

The benefit of an all-or-nothing festive knit is that even when you’re feeling hopelessly un-Christmassy (a sorry state indeed), a jumper will force you into that festive spirit more than any number of lukewarm mulled wines ever will.


Pared-back panache


The second school of thought is taking the meaning of Christmas jumper at its widest definition and opting for fair isle, luxurious texture and alpine-inspired weaves.

A luxe cable knit says Christmas without the kitsch. Fair isle says fun but also fashion conscious.

The key to this kind of jumper is to enjoy wearing it. Look for a high wool content so it'll be super warm, cashmere mixes that are soft and go for oversized fits. They might not be textbook hilarious but they definitely have longevity. 

Loud and proud

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Scene-stealers

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Quietly festive

Subtly snowy