The build up to Christmas, with all its fun and frivolity, offers an equal amount of controversy: mince pies or Christmas pudding? Stockings or sacks? Ho Ho Ho or Humbug? These aside, perhaps one of the most topical issues falls upon fashion and the infamous Christmas jumper. The jumper itself provides an interesting back story, born very much through the influence of 80s TV presenter Timmy Mallett, among other icons of the era such as singer Val Doonican. In this sense, the jumper provided a degree of novelty and identity with a good helping of cheesy aesthetic (what else would one expect of the 80s?). Though its popularity saw a decline during the early noughties period, its resurgence in recent years with a wide-spanning celeb fan base, begs the question of you humble shopper; to buy, or not to buy?
To pardon the mouth-watering analogy, one can look upon Christmas jumpers in the same light as food; offered by many, ranging in price, with a basic function - to satisfy. But where exactly does satisfy one’s Christmas jumper needs? The cheap and cheerful Primark is a safe bet for those less conscious of subtlety, and more in favour of a festive bonanza with all the trimmings. Whether it be a pun-ridden piece (nice baubles and the kind), a bold colour scheme or a classic fairisle pattern, one can be sure to find something for the season which won’t break the bank.
As we all know however, the concept of ‘budgeting’ is easier said than done. At the expense of your piggy bank, there are of course other options on the market. Beyond their monumental adverts, John Lewis have been known to provide sleek, minimal designs guaranteed to attract the attention of any Christmas party-goer. While you might find yourself paying double that of a Primark jumper, the store’s links with nationwide charity Barnardo’s ensures that £10 of your money goes toward helping those in need at this special time of year - look at it as the gift that keeps on giving.
1. TOPMAN: Green Me My Elf & I Christmas Jumper, £30.00
2. Miss Selfridge: Red Reindeer Christmas Jumper, £5.00 (Sale)
3. Etsy.com/UK: Darth Vader Unisex Christmas Jumper, £20.62
The high street overlord Outfit are sure to provide an equal amount of variety in their stores. Miss Selfridge provide some tradition in their reindeer-infused collections for women, while Topman offers a similar sort to the men; classic, stylish designs with a price range accommodating all student bank accounts.
Yet sometimes the traditional just doesn’t cut it. For something a little more off the cuff, branch out into your favourite icon’s google search, whack on christmas jumper after their name, and see what you can find. While these require delving into independent, one-off online stores, your unique piece will make the search worth it. From Morrissey to Minnie Mouse, Drake to Darth Vader, there’s plenty of cultural crossovers to ensure a mix of style and personality in any sweater you’re sporting.
You really do have no excuse for not finding the perfect Christmas jumper, be it traditional, individual, or flat-out irreplaceable. Whatever it may be, wear your jumper loud and proud, and bring some Christmas cheer to your wardrobe this festive season.