Sunday

Slightly Less Silly Christmas Jumpers

I absolutely love Christmas, absolutely love it. I love everything about it; the decorations, the build up, the present buying, the family seeing, the food... But the frugal side of me hates Christmas jumpers. Hate them. I don't like anything that doesn't seem like a worthy investment; ask my friends how often I quibble a bill (it can be useful but I am certain they'd tell you they've wanted to smack me over the head a few times). Having worked so hard to build a staple, constantly-useful wardrobe it seems to go against all I believe in spend money on something you only wear for that one day in the office. Then I found this...

outfit links = jumper, Gap (similar here if sold out) / jeans, Weekday / belt, Gucci (bought second hand from Vestiaire Collective / scarf, Weekday / bag, Gucci / sunglasses, Hugo Boss / boots, Toms

This jumper is basically an extension of my own, usual style. It's striped and it's the same fit as I'd usually buy - the only difference is the stripes are multicoloured and not blue and white! In fact, when Gap asked me to help them with an Instagram campaign promoting it as a Christmas jumper I was really surprised/thrilled that it counted as one. Surely this is the best possible scenario? 


Any way, it got me thinking - there must be more like this? Which is handy as my one seems to have sold out (though keeps coming back into store, check this link regularly and there is a very slightly different one here - just has a metallic neck).

outfit links = jumper, Gap (similar here if sold out) / jeans, Weekday / belt, Gucci (bought second hand from Vestiaire Collective / scarf, Weekday / bag, Gucci / sunglasses, Hugo Boss / boots, Toms

Let me tell you; researching Christmas jumpers is not for the faint hearted. There is a lot of cr*p out there. I know part of the spirit of it is wearing something a bit mental; but I'm tired of basically throwing away £25 every year. I categorically refuse to do this anymore. I'm sorry if this is Scrooge-worthy but I'm saving for a house - I need new lights in the bathroom more than I need a jumper with lights on. Here are what I found for those similarly tight sensible as me =

1. black with stars (cheap and also usable throughout the year) 2. navy with blue sequins (it annoys me how much I like this, but you could totally wear this after Christmas) 3. my jumper 4. blue and white knit (absolutely love this and is entirely wearable throughout the winter) 5. green alpaca knit (it's green, it works - it's also insanely soft) 6. metallic version of mine

outfit links = jumper, Gap (similar here if sold out) / jeans, Weekday / belt, Gucci (bought second hand from Vestiaire Collective / scarf, Weekday / bag, Gucci / sunglasses, Hugo Boss / boots, Toms

I'm also hoping you've noticed my boots as they're a new found favourite too. When Toms got in touch asking if I'd like a pair I initially replied saying "thanks so much but it's not the summer." When they then pointed me in the direction of their boots I felt like a bit of a plum. They arrived and they're awesome. Unbelievably comfortable and just, well, really very good. I'm taking them to Switzerland next weekend and also New York because they're waterproof - so come rain or snow, I'll be just fine.

outfit links = jumper, Gap (similar here if sold out) / jeans, Weekday / belt, Gucci (bought second hand from Vestiaire Collective / scarf, Weekday / bag, Gucci / sunglasses, Hugo Boss / boots, Toms

Finally, can I also give a little shout out to one of my Weekday purchases in this outfit. The scarf was actually a gift for Gus for his birthday but I've temporarily stolen it (until Spring). We (ok "he" but I borrow) also have the Acne one which at £110 more isn't all that different. If you're looking for a reasonably priced gift for yourself someone I really recommend it. They're on ASOS and come in a tonne of colours here.
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