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Christmas jumpers: The good, the bad, and the ugly*

Nov 12, 2015

by Alice Young handmade and vintage goods

*In a ‘so-80s-bad-taste-they’re good’ kinda way, right?

As winter draws closer, a craving for chunky wool jumpers and cosy sweatshirts only grows stronger.

But along with the eternally stylish cable knit appears its far more questionable cousin: the Christmas jumper. There’s something about yuletide celebrations that make clashing colours, dated designs and garish embroidered snowmen utterly desirable.

As Christmas is a time of love and acceptance, let’s take a look at some handmade and vintage jumpers on either side of the taste spectrum (but, just for the record, ALL equally as awesome, mmm’kay?).

Header image: Merry and bright jumper, £29, Ellie Ellie Ltd

Vintage wool iclandic sweater

Accessorise this pure wool Icelandic-style jumper with high waisted denim and a marshmallow-abundant hot chocolate.

Snowflake sweater, £60, Super Queenie Retro

80s Bright Colour Block Sweater Dress

You’ll look as bright and snazzy as a Christmas tree in this 80s colour block jumper dress, which boasts the festive season’s most covetable neckline, a roll-neck.

80s colour block sweater, £29, Violets Attic Vintage

Black Handprinted Patchwork Sweater

If you took the season of winter and deconstructed it, you might form this contemporary patchwork sweater with snow-inspired and tartan wool inserts.

Hand printed patchwork sweater, £48, Loela Loela

Vintage Ugly Christmas Jumper

When clothing is openly described as ‘ugly’, you know you’re in for a treat. This vintage sweater complete with a host of musical angels does not disappoint.

Angel sweater, £19, Vintage Sis Bro

Chunky Knitted Jumper

Mint, greys, yellow, damson and burgundy-coloured wool run through this knit to create a feast for the eyes; sure to be welcome even post-mince pie binge. It’s a top-notch layer for winter workwear when paired with a crisp white shirt and a-line skirt.

Chunky knitted jumper, £130, Miriam Griffiths

Made to order hand knitted wool sweater

Not only does this gloriously dishevelled jumper bring together the sometime opposed qualities of stylish and comfy, its oversized nature provides ample room for expanding Christmas waistlines. Someone pass us the Quality Street tin.

Grey knitted jumper, £450, James Hock Knitwear

Granny Jewel Re-worked Vtg Ombré Embroidered Cable Knit Jumper

Cable knit, embellishments and cross stitching combine to create a right Christmas cracker of a jumper.

Cable knit jumper, £80, With the Golden Locket

Vintage 90s Karen Scott Christmas Jumper

Throw out all notions of what is deemed tasteful, then don this cardigan along with a paper crown because you are the Queen of Christmas Style.

Fuzzy collar cardigan, £12, Cloudy Base

Are you opting for gaudy or chic? Leave a comment below or tweet us @EtsyUK to tell us your jumper of choice this winter!

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