At their flagship store on Bond Street a waiting list has been set up for a chunky knit grey jumper, without sleeves, but with a great big polo neck. I saw it on the rail last week, and thought, "Nah, I'll look like a potato in that," and bought a pale blue polo-neck instead. Now, regretfully, this grey jumper has become a fashion must-have that is impossible to get... until next week that is.
The great thing about chunky knits this season, especially ones with a polo-neck, is that they look right with girly floaty things worn underneath. In a way they are the perfect buy for now: it's too chilly for a T-shirt, but too warm for a big jacket. It's no use buying a lightweight jacket, they are only useful for about two weeks a year, when we have those very rare days of cold wind and warmish sun in spring and autumn.
A chunky jumper is useful both to wear with a floaty skirt (wear now while it's in fashion), or with super-wide Hepburn trousers, (a very good look). They are also available in lots of decent shops. See Benetton, Oasis, Whistles, Joseph and of course Jigsaw, while stocks last. A jacket, lightweight or otherwise, will be defunct when you own a super-chunky jumper.
Clockwise from top left: Purple chunky knit polo neck jumper, pounds 65, by Benetton, from selected branches nationwide, and 255-259 Regent Street, London W1; 0171 647 4200.
Grey rib jumper with baby blue chenille stripe, pounds 60 , by French Connection, 249 Regents Street, London, W1 and branches nationwide. Call 0171 399 7200 .
Navy and white marl chunky knit jumper, pounds 89.95, by Jigsaw, 126-127 New Bond Street, London W1; 39-43 King Street, Manchester and branches nationwide.
Black knitted maxi coat with four pockets, pounds 109, by Sisley, available at Benetton stores, as before.
Chunky grey/white polo-neck, pounds 199; pink silk velvet bias cut skirt, pounds 329, both Nicole Farhi; 0171 499 8368.
Still life photographs by Mykel Nicolaou
Jumpers selected by Holly Davies
Catwalk picture by Ben Elwes