Hottest festive jumpers for a cosy winter

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By Hayley Statter

It’s that time of year again, when you hang up your stockings and mince pies are part of your everyday diet. The weather is decidedly chilly and everywhere you go there are thick knitted jumpers to snuggle up in on cold winter days. This year is no exception, but more than before shops are seeing the comeback of…the Christmas jumper!

Gone are the days of itchy homemade clothing featuring embarrassingly childish Christmas scenes, which you feel obliged to wear to please the elderly relative who knitted it for you. Now you can discover soft and warming pieces, without the worry that you need a huge coat to cover up your fashion faux pas.

Dolce & Gabanna Autumn/Winter 2011

Fashion houses and high street stores alike make a nod to the good old jumpers, but with a twist. No matter what your style is, you can find a festive delight to suit your mood: from elegant cashmere jumpers with delicate snowflakes dotted around to retro jumpers displaying lolloping reindeers.

Some designs are still gloriously tacky, whilst others are fresh and sophisticated. The shops are full of these merry knitwear items, following on from the high-end designers that featured this festive fashion statement in their autumn/winter collections last year, and Moschino has come up with a new take for this season.

Moschino

For those of you who like a little sparkle in your wardrobe, you could bag yourself an eloquently designed, crystal snowflake merino wool sweater by Emma Cook, or try Markus Lupfer’s dazzling designs of sequinned reindeers or large embellished snowflakes. Then at the slightly more retro end of the spectrum, you have shops such as Aubin & Wills doing chunky knit designs that are reminiscent of 80s ski chalet holidays.

The high street have also given this seasonal trend a good effort, with all the usual top names churning out Christmas cardigans and sweaters, featuring an array of designs and colours to suit every desire. Topshop’s offering is remarkably similar to the knitwear of years gone by, and you can snap up a classic jumper emblazoned with a cartoon snowman or reindeer and feel just like an 80’s throwback (beware, these are for the brave Christmas-lovers and fashion extremists!)

From left - Emma Cook, Marcus Lupfer and far right Aubin & Wills

For those who shy away from such bold clothing, you can still Christmas it up through your accessories. There are hats and scarves galore that feature all kinds of winter wonderland scenes, and no matter where you shop you can’t miss these woolly treats.

There’s no excuse not to get involved in this Yuletide statement, as even the most faint-hearted of Christmas lovers will find a style to match their needs and budget, and lets’ face it – you can’t be a humbug when you are wearing reindeers! Throw on your knitwear of choice with your favourite skinny jeans and boots, or team it up with leggings or a short skirt and tights for an instant festive fashion outfit.

It’s safe to say that with so many choices around, there should be no reason to have a Bridget Jones-esque fashion disaster on the Christmas jumper front this year. So grab yourself a mince pie, throw on your festive clothing and prepare yourself for the season of goodwill. I’ve already got mine!

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