Trend of the Week: Christmas novelty jumper

Make it a cool Yule with a nostalgic novelty jumper, says Annmarie O’Connor.


What better way to celebrate the silly season than in a Christmas novelty jumper. The once reviled garment has experienced a renaissance with celebrities like Pixie Geldof and Matt Damon celebrating the naff knit. Irish companies like Funky Christmas Jumpers have bucked the recession with their cult status sweaters – worn by familiar faces from Ryan Tubridy to Glenda Gilson. Even Colin Firth’s reindeer roll neck from Bridget Jones’s Diary fetched £1,900 (€2,225) at a Christie’s charity auction. Time to break out the cheese board folks!


Wear it oversized with a leather mini and biker boots for instant cool girl edge.

Like layering? Do Christmas 2.0 and swap that Cliff Richard polo neck for an oligarchic crystal collar.

Customise a yuletide cast-off with mini Christmas decorations for D.I.Y. kitsch appeal.

A purl below your level of parody? Opt instead for a classic Fair Isle knit.


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