LAST year, fun and funky jumpers took on a life of their own, dominating winter wardrobes.
Quirky knits are cool again - but gone are the snowflakes and Christmas trees. In their place there’s veritable Noah’s Ark of creature creations.
They’re the jumpers you might expect to find in a nine-year-old’s wardrobe, super-sized so adults can join in the fashion fun. From festive reindeer and penguins to domestic dogs and cats, there’s woollen wildlife art to please everyone.
The trend began at Burberry’s autumn/winter catwalk when countryside characters adorned woolly knits and, sitting on the front row, actress Kate Bosworth flaunted a statement owl jumper.
Now, the trend has moved on from the countryside theme to just about anything cute and cuddly. Wrap up in this season’s ‘It knits’!
Owls are undoubtedly the standout creature feature of this season. If you can’t afford Burberry’s £795 cashmere owl, hoot for joy over Internacionale’s bargain sweater, £9.99 (0141 522 2020).
It is possible to be cute and glam, as Monsoon in Meadowhall’s animal offerings demonstrate. Their striking cobalt blue Nutkin jumper has a striking sequinned squirrel motif, £49.
Hop to it - Topshop’s knitted mirror bunny motif jumper has double the adorable factor. It even has two floppy bunny tails at the back!
Kool for cats
Nail the geek chic look with an academic-looking cat. Louche at Joy’s Kat intarsia jumper is quite the ‘spectacle’ in festive red, £45. There’s a Joy store on Ecclesall Road or go to www.joythestore.com
Spot the difference
Forget 101 Dalmatians... just one’s enough. Go waggy-tailed over Joules’s Marsha doggy intarsia jumper, £69.95 at www.joules.com and John Lewis.
Pick up a penguin
If there’s one bird that gets everyone cooing, it’s the penguin. Prepare for compliments aplenty when you waddle around town in Awear’s cosy grey penguin intarsia jumper, £35 (www.awear.com).
Don’t get into a flap over winter layering. Use a statement owl to bring your woolly pieces to life, like Marks & Spencer’s owl motif jumper, £35 (0845 302 1234).
Run wild through the woodlands in George at Asda’s reindeer jumper. There’s even an embellished 3D bow around the neck for extra cuteness, £14 (0800 952 0101).