It's that time of year again when, slowly but surely, you start to notice more and more Christmas jumpers appearing, before suddenly, they're everywhere.
We're fans of this deluge of festive knits, and have gone looking for the best yuletide garms to keep you high on Christmas spirit and (sometimes, but certainly not always) style. Our round-up features everything from the fantastically farcical to the almost fashionable.
1. Beyond Retro Label Novelty Christmas Sweatshirt: £20, Beyond Retro
No, you are not mistaken, that is a Santa Claus soft toy sewn onto the front of the jumper, and yes, that is rather outrageous, but we think it’s great. Beyond Retro is a favourite of ours, and one we can rely on for reasonably priced vintage garments all year round – but the retailer especially excels itself at Christmas. There are a number of other variants on this theme available, as well as plenty more designs that are completely soft toy-less.
2. Funky Christmas Jumpers Baby Jesus Selfie Jumper: £39.99, Funky Christmas Jumpers
Your traditional nativity scene on a jumper, this certainly isn’t. Funky Christmas Jumpers, which counts Harry Styles and Rory McIlroy amongst its fans, has a range of fun alternatives to the usual festive suspects, and this design of the famous trio snapping a selfie is one of them. This jumper is made of a wool mix, and there are plenty of other designs available – with varying degrees of ridiculousness.
3. Asos Christmas Jumper with Holiday Santa: £30, Asos
If you’d rather dream of a sun-drenched Christmas by the beach, rather than a cold and – let’s face it – almost-definitely-not snowing British Christmas, then this jumper will go some way to creating the illusion. Featuring St Nick living it up beneath the palm trees in his festive attire, the jumper’s made of a soft cotton blend fabric.
4. John Lewis Reindeer Christmas Jumper: £45, John Lewis
This is one of the more refined jumpers on our list, but it still subject to a fair dollop of festivity. Inspired by the classic Nordic Christmas design with reindeers to boot, it’s made using 45 per cent lambswool, so feels soft on the skin and will certainly keep you warm.
5. Marks & Spencer Long Sleeve Crew Neck Jumper: £25, Marks & Spencer
It’s all going on with this jumper – from holly to crackers and even an assortment of gingerbread men – meaning you certainly won’t be missed if you wear it out over the Christmas period. It’s made from an acrylic fabric, but it’s still comfortable and means the price can be kept low.
6. River Island Black Yellow Bear Christmas Jumper: £25, River Island
We’re a fan of this refreshing take on the traditional Christmas jumper, which features numerous polar bears, a couple of which are coloured yellow. It’s a good alternative if you want to avoid looking like every other Christmas jumper-clad reveller, and with its cotton-blend fabric, will keep you warm and comfortable.
7. Burton Blue Abstract Penguin Christmas Jumper: £28, Burton
Another variation from the norm, this jumper ventures into the world of abstract art (kind of). On the front we have an imposing king penguin – complete with a crown, of course – with coloured geometric patchwork making up its body. It sits in front of a white polka-dotted pattern.
8. Joe Browns Men’s Hit The Slopes Long Sleeve Jumper: £29.95, Joe Browns
If you want to stay true to the Nordic styling of traditional jumpers, we think this is a good option, which contrasts a muted blue and grey background with eye-catching red and white snowflakes and Christmas trees. It’s made of a wool mix, which means it will go some way to shielding you from the cold as well as looking good.
The Verdict: Men's Christmas jumpers
It doesn't get more outlandish than sewing a soft toy onto the front of a jumper, and that's exactly why we like the Beyond Retro offering so much. If you want something you could probably get away with wearing in the office, opt for the John Lewis jumper.
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