From novelty knits to jumpers you'll want to wear all year round, we've found the best knitwear for the festive period
Christmas jumpers are a bit like bikinis – all the best styles seem to sell out early. Get ahead of the game this season with our edit of the best styles, whatever your budget.
If the thoughts of wearing festive knitwear brings you out in hives, fear not – Christmas jumpers can actually be stylish. If you’re in the market for something other than crew neck styles emblazoned with Christmas trees or Santa hats, you’ll find plenty of chicer styles in our edit. Chinti & Parker to Gant, there are plenty of options that don’t look in the least tacky. They also make great presents and we’ve actually worked a couple more into our Christmas gifts for her and Christmas gifts for him guides, in case there’s somebody you’re still looking to buy a present for.
Yes, the prices may be higher, but the cashmere blend and potential to wear post-Christmas is huge, making this a worthy investment. Bella Freud and Chinti & Parker have some achingly cool options.
The high street is jingling with merry knitwear. Next and Marks & Spencer (who will also be pulling out all the stops for their M&S Black Friday sale) have offered up some super-sweet options. From sequin knits to classic Fairisle versions that won’t blow the budget, there’s lots on offer that look equally chic as the designer options.
For all things glitzy, check out Topshop’s embellished options, and Zara for their purse-friendly picks.
And if you’re not sure how to wear your Christmas jumper, rest assured it can be dressed up or down very easily. At the weekend, team with biker boots and cropped straight jeans, and for work (there’s no reason you can’t be chic at your Christmas office lunch), team with velvet trousers or a pleated skirt, with a small heel. There’s no harm in tossing one on over Christmas party dresses either – ’tis the season after all…
Here’s my pick of the best three Christmas jumpers to buy now, and scroll on to find more…
Best funny Christmas jumpers
This colourful sweatshirt was designed by model Aboah Adwoa, and 50% of the sale is donated to Save The Children.
Best chic Christmas jumpers
No one does chic novelty cashmere quite like Chinti & Parker and this ‘Amour’ knit is just perfect for Christmas, and all year round really. Because Love Actually…
Best novelty Christmas jumpers
You don’t need to go skiing to rock this tongue-in-cheek jumper.
Best Primark Christmas jumpers
No one does novelty Christmas jumpers like Primark, and they’re a total bargain too (this one is £14, in store only).
Shop our further edit of the best Christmas jumpers below.
This is Caroline Issa's favourite Christmas jumper at we're all for it.
This snowy white jumper is one of our favourites, with a candy cane pattern that'll give you a sweet tooth.
This cute jumper from Monki will have them looking twice. Add a Santa hat for extra Christmas.
Man's best friend and Christmas - what more do you really need this holiday season?
Wish upon a star this year with Wildfox's oversized jumper. Distressed to add an edgy touch, this definitely isn't your grandma's jumper.
Wear with a vinyl A-line skirt for extra cool points.
Sequins are a party season essential. Team with satin or velvet trousers to mix things up a bit.
This doubles up as a great New Year’s Eve knit too, paired with a midi lace skirt.
Après ski chic.
Take a leaf out of ASOS’ book and embrace all things retro for Christmas.
Guess who's winning the ugly Christmas sweater competition this year? This retro jumper may seem over the top, but just wait till you click a button - the gingerbread house lights up.
If you’re going down the novelty route, then Primark is a great place to look. We love this cute but not cheesy jumper.
How to candy cane stripes, the chic way. Team with camel corduroy trousers.
A gold jumper goes beautifully with a peach silk skirt.
Technically not a Christmas jumper, but festive and fabulous nonetheless.
This classic jumper is also available in cream and red.
If you’re on the fence when it comes to Christmas jumpers, then Fairisle is the way forward.
This beauty also comes in chic navy.
Everything sounds chicer in French.
Festive and super chic, this Fendi jumper has it all
This cute jumper from Topshop is irresistible and super cosy
This beautiful jumper from Whistles is the fashionable way to feel festive this season