we could debate whether christmas jumpers are ugly or not, personally, i can’t get enough of them but then my fashion sense is rather questionable. nevertheless, they have become a key feature of the holiday season, much the same way as ‘slade’s – merry christmas everybody’. no longer are they for the older generations, they are for us – the young, hip twenty-somethings.
you can tell one of these garish jumpers by their use of red and green only, large snowmen/reindeer/bells/trees and any sort of image that vaguelly represents christmas (any excuse to use pom poms!) i mean, even thrash metal band slayer have produced one this year, with added use of skulls!
so, history. the christmas jumper became the garment of choice for family men and women alike for years until the late ’90s, when they were seen as just too damn colourful – bless the grunge era. they were originally knitted by older members of the family and given as presents, produced with a christmas theme. much like in harry potter, when the weasley’s receive their initial jumpers as gifts.
however, once again, the trend has resurfaced since 2001. the trend has ‘snowballed’ from there (ha). they are big, bold, ironic (in a hipster way) and beautiful. vintage stores are reaping the rewards as is the high street. hoping to cash-in. people of all ages are joining together in this wonderful celebration of ‘festive ugly’. it could be linked to high fashion’s use of tribal and graphic prints but i hate to think so. why can’t people have just lost their taste momentarily?
what’s more, christmas jumper themed parties are beginning to spring up in universities across the country. reindeer-clad colin firth wannabies (from bridget jones’ diary) are filling student unions and why shouldn’t they? isn’t there something inherently british about this warm and fuzzy past time?
not only are they fashionable, in my opinion, you can’t deny they are rather warm and provide that certain comfort that only the thought of home and family can provide. what better way to make the festive season a bit more fun…
if you want to help out a charity along the way then why not help out ‘save the children’ in their ‘christmas jumper campaign’ on 14th december. for more details: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day