There was that fluffy pink mohair jumper on Nicholas Hoult in 'A Perfect Man', Tom Ford's first movie and possibly the reason we all went bonkers for the fifties for at least three seasons. Or, was it the oversized sweaters on lanky models running from show to show, à la Anja Rubik? Was it the triumphant return of the turtleneck and its most practical application, sweaters? What we do know is that it has little to do with climate. A cropped jumper and exposed midriff is a statement worth making, regardless of minus degrees outside. Winter heralds in thick luxurious knits that either stop under the bust, hang past the knees or end neatly at the waistband. A cable-knit sweater is the sartorial equivalent of a childhood friend, and can be worn with dark sunglasses, over your elegant pencil skirtsand boyfriend jeans alike.
Kenzo with its sporty, urban credibility, makes jumpers that, worn over your gym gear, could be a critical rescue plan for impromptu social scenarios. Moncler, still the understated luxury solution to après-ski, has started making designer pieces suitable for occasions far from the slopes. Givenchy spells elegance and grace in the form of sweaters for women, with advance class form-fitting normally found in good tailoring. But, the label most feverishly on wish lists is Gucci, with ’70s-style ladies jumpers that are rewriting the game entirely. Embroidery, kitsch prints and a neat fit that complements billowing skirts or high-waisted flares – Gucci has created jumpers that are fast becoming treasured mementoes from a very good season.
So how do we work these jumper now? Unlike most other trends, we can't say that anything has gone out. It’s a veritable snuggle fest with very few 'dont's’ on the list. Ladies sweaters have replaced the boyfriend sweater, refining a few of the bust and shoulder issues that come with borrowing from men. Oversized sweaters are still a go, worn exactly how you expect, with slim trousers or your skinny jeans, and a shoe that fits the function. Try doubling up with a turtleneck underneath and wide-leg trousers. The new oversized jumper allows for volume with volume and eliminates frump. A chunky-knit jumper cropped at the belly button is a good way to wear your new flares, and also a fine way to tone down those ridiculously high heeled boots you haven't braved going out in yet. (We feel you!) An embellished jumper or a fine-knit crop sweater underneath crisp overalls for a fresh new season, or teamed with your ultimate pair of skinny jeans. Don’t be afraid of mixing textures: wool jumpers who sit with baroque laces make an elite group, as do ribbed pullovers and tough leathers. The knitted suit has been fighting the good fight for a few seasons. Just as contrasting textures is a study in sex appeal, the sweater that matches your knitted skirt or trousers is an expression of cool.
I highly doubt anybody needs more convincing on the high points of good sweater game. We can’t wait to see our favourite runway pieces worn in fresh new ways across the street-style-frenzy of Fashion Week, how the blogger tribe reinvents the standard grey sweater and whether Tom Ford's new movie starring Isla Fisher will feature another pivotal trend. All in all, we believe it’s a fluffy, flurry of excitement just waiting to happen.