Forget Darcy’s woollen reindeer number and the ‘ugly jumper’ craze from a few years back – this is the year that Christmas jumpers get fashionable.
This year’s Christmas jumpers are smart, chic and slouchy, and there’s a style to suit everyone. Fashion-forward cuts, mixed fabrics, slogan knits and monochrome patterns are the order of the day – and there’s not a single sequin in sight.
Here are ten of our favourite women’s Christmas jumpers of 2016...
The ironic sweaterYou can’t get much more ironic than this – a plain black baggy sweatshirt that reads ‘this is my festive jumper’. Wear with all-black accessories and heels to really hammer home the message.
The festive cocoonHorizontal-cut knitwear is having a bit of a moment, and this Topshop version looks way more expensive than it actually is. Nod to the season by choosing the festive red colour.
The head-turnerMissguided have a great range of grown-up Christmas jumpers this year, most of which are unsuitable for family dinners or office-wear. This ‘Snow Bitch’ jumper is borderline appropriate, and incredibly instagrammable.
The jumper dressThis winter, bigger is better when it comes to knitwear. Expect XXL sweaters and jumper dresses to sell out fast among the fashion set, who will all be channelling the Kardashian-Jenners with thigh high boots and a beanie hat.
The subtle sketchWe love a subtle design, and this Yumi jumper from House of Fraser is pretty, artistic and festive without screaming ‘Christmas’. Start wearing it in Autumn, and it will become your go-to cold weather top until the end of the year.
The in-jokeEveryone has their favourite Christmas movie, and its usually Elf. Attract like-minded Buddy fans with this extra-long jumper which looks great even if you don’t get the reference...
The chic alternativeTrust French Connection to come up with a sophisticated take on the Christmas jumper. This polka-dot knit would look super-chic at any time of the year, but come Christmas, it is transformed into a snowfall sweater. An investment piece.
The fluffy oneMaribou and mohair have been making a comeback this year, but the textures are a bit ‘much’ for most people. Enter River Island... This mixed-fabric jumper manages to be both wearable and on-trend, with a Scandi vibe that is subtly festive.
The work of artWho says Christmas jumpers can’t be beautiful? Just look at the stunning stitching on this pretty sweater – the grey and pink colours stop it from looking too twee, but the reindeer motif means you can keep wearing it Christmas after Christmas.
The classicYou’d have to be a Grinch to resist this Nordic-style jumper in festive red, green and white. This New Look jumper ticks every box: penguins? Check. Snowflakes? Check. Christmas trees? Double check. Wear it with a Santa hat and a smile for a classic Christmas look.
Whether you're pairing your Christmas jumper with a pencil skirt and heels, or tracksuit bottoms and slippers, there’s something for everyone in this year’s High Street collections. Just choose your favourite look and get ready to embrace the festive spirit!