Chic Christmas Jumpers You’ll Actually Want To Wear (Even After Santa’s Been And Gone)

Because a great knit shouldn't just be for Christmas.

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by Natalie Hammond |
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This year, instead of panicking and buying something polyester, why not buy a jumper that isn't just for Christmas, a jumper that does have festive edge but doesn't have a reindeer face? A jumper festooned with a pudding, holly berries or clusters of baubles? Those days are over. So instead, meet the not-so-novelty knit – Christmas jumpers that are light on tinsel while still managing to be big on joy. It also means they're more sustainable, too.


Think Fair Isle jumpers, Argyle sweaters or cosy cable-knits with a fashion twist. Argyle knits have actually been around since the 17th century but have recently struck a chord with the fashion set thanks to Molly Goddard, whose reimagining of the print paired with trademark tulle has been a hit ever since the combo hit the catwalks. The trick to making it ‘fashion’ is in the pairing – avoid any 'golfing dad' comparisons and tryslip skirts, straight-leg jeans, layered over a crisp white shirt or even opt for a festive cardigan instead.


In a bid to reduce your impact if you do want to go full-on Christmas, look to buy second-hand from places like Rokit, Beyond Retro, or Depop, or try a swap-shop with your housemates and friends. Otherwise, your best bet is to stick to classic patterns to wear all season.


The good news is that these knits work all year round, which is particularly helpful if you live in the UK - and can't rely on warm weather come spring. Now, they're the perfect remedy for dull weather and can be worn long after the 12 days of Christmas. The goal, says Buffy Reid, founder of knitwear label & Daughter, is to get years of wear out of your knit, rather than mere weeks. ‘There’s something so special about that treasured knit that everyone has in their wardrobe. It’s about a forever piece, made in the best way, from the finest natural raw materials that, looked after, should last a lifetime.'

Scroll below for some of our favourite jumpers around right now...

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This claret-coloured cable-knit will keep you deliciously warm over Christmas.

Ganni's knit continues to be a hit with the Insta girls. Available in five different colours, wear this over long dresses for a cool take on partywear.

H&M Jumper
Price: £32.99

In the market for a jumper that lasts (at least) until Valentine's day? H&M's romantic jacquard knit has got you covered.

All of Herd's knitwear is made in England and is truly sustainable. Every piece is hand-finished, made without toxicity of any kind and is 100% biodegradable. These jumpers are an example of truly beautiful clothes that you'll want to wear forever.

The Princess of Wales has taken a liking to the British high street brand Reiss - and for good reason. Its designs are timeless and work pretty much all year round.

A cheery knit doesn't need to break the bank - look to M&S for budget-friendly styles.

This Fair Isle jumper can be dressed up for Christmas - and down for the rest of winter with baggy jeans.

You Must Create is one of those labels that covers all grounds. It's got peak street(wear) credibility and also delivers wardrobe classics, fit for any taste.

Bows are big news for Christmas 2023 - and this cardigan is now reduced from £95 to £57.

Ralph Lauren's Christmas jumpers have gained icon status for a reason. The American heritage label does cosy Christmas like none other.

Supporting small businesses has never been more important. The Scottish brand The Croft House manufactures traditional Fair Isle jumpers, perfect for Christmas morning.

This jolly green jumper is ideal for the 12 days of Christmas - and beyond.

Whether you're celebrating at home or are escaping the hustle and bustle of the city to hit the slopes, Moncler's knitwear range is the perfect partner.

For something unusual, look to Weekend Max Mara and its delectable patchwork jumpers.

Steal the show over the festive period with Burberry's sparkly cardigan.

Meet the sophisticated Christmas jumper by Tory Burch. It doesn't get much chicer than this.

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