If jeans and a nice top are the unofficial night-out uniform, then trousers and a knit jumper is the cold weather all-occasion alternative.
Whether pairing with suit trousers for the 9-5, jeans for casual days or a silk skirt and chunky boots for the evening, these cosy styles are just the ticket to cocoon in comfort through the British winter.
Perennially chic, traversing trends and a staple in your wardrobe rotation, an arsenal of knit jumpers will see you through seasonal sartorial stress with a throw-on-and-go quality that will come welcome to the timepressed in order to maximise sleep in the mornings.
When choosing the style to suit, consider the following. A chunky knit has a 70s chic aesthetic and will take you from apres-ski on the slopes to street style in all four fashion capitals. Cable knits tap into Tiktok’s favourite cottagecore, normcore and cabincore revolution.
The roll neck is an easy win when temperatures plummet, keeping not only your body warm but the neck too and with the right fit, it will be less Steve Jobs and more Marilyn Monroe. Then you have the statement options that will become the focal point of your look and are categorised by interesting designs, logo detailing or slogan intarsia. Stripes will never go amiss, and when brightly coloured, spark joy on the darkest of post-BST days.
For ultimate comfort, go oversized in your approach, but if you’re looking to bring the style into the realms of more formal wear, fitted and feminine may be better suited.
Shop the best knitted jumpers below
Madeleine Thompson Heather cashmere sweater
British knitwear designer Madeleine Thompson takes a different approach to her cosy collections. Made from sumptuously soft cashmere, this sweater, like the rest of her pieces, can be worn as easily lounging around the house as it can in more format settings thanks to design details like the slim-fitted body, billowing sleeves and the extended cuffs.
Buy now £435.00, Net-A-Porter
H&M Zip-top rib-knit jumper
Comfort and style combine with this rib-knit jumper from H&M that is unsurprisingly already a hit among the influencer set. It comes in three muted shades; black, white and grey and will form the basis of your casual wear all season long.
Buy now £24.99, H&M
& Other Stories Oversized Turtleneck Knit Jumper
Fill your wardrobe with striped knits in every shape, size and colour and you’ll eliminate the daily floordrobe struggle. This silhouette from & Other Stories is ideal for its oversized fit and turtleneck that will keep you cosy but chic. Available in black and cream, beige and orange.
Buy now £95.00, & Other Stories
PAIGE Raundi cut-out shoulder cable-knit wool-blend jumper
Flash some skin while braving the Arctic temperatures with this cut-out knit from PAIGE that proves yet again that shoulder-baring styles are going nowhere. It has a cable knit construction and is made up of a wool blend.
Buy now £315.00, Selfridges
Jigsaw Merino Cashmere Stripe Jumper
With flashes of pastel yellow, red, navy and white, this is a feel-good style that will break away from the monochrome monotony of your all-black winter wardrobe. It is made from a super soft merino cashmere with a slouchy fit that has an effortlessly chic look.
Buy now £225.00, Jigsaw
Ganni Logo-embroidered mohair-blend roll-neck sweater
If there’s one thing that Scandi fashion label Ganni knows, it’s staying bang on trend even when the weather is in single or minus figures. This knit is constructed in a mohair blend with a pretty in pastel pink colourway that is universally flattering. There’s subtle embellishment in the form of the brand’s logo embroidery.
Buy now £165.00, MatchesFashion
Sculpted Sleeve Knit Jumper
Fashion’s amour for apple green is showing no signs of wavering and in this soft sage palette, it’s hard to resist. This one is also particularly handy for Christmas jumper season as it has a classically festive colourways, no effort required. It also comes in fuchsia pink.
Buy now £47.20, Warehouse
STAUD Hampton striped ribbed cotton-blend sweater
There has been a shift in the post pandemic fashion agenda to what is known as dopamine dressing and if you’re looking for a physical representation of what that means, look to this sweater from STAUD. The colourful stripe design will elevate your mood every single time that you slip it on. It also has all season appeal, working equally well for the colder winter days as it does thrown into your bag for chilly summer evenings.
Buy now £215.00, Net-A-Porter
AllSaints Lock Roll Neck Jumper
If you’re looking to create a capsule wardrobe filled with versatile style staples that you will wear over and over again, AllSaints’ roll neck is that and more. It comes in colourblock black, making it easily paired with any item in your wardrobe and yet is a far cry from Elizabeth Holmes territory. It is also available in white and green and has an asymmetric hem to give a relaxed feel.
Buy now £169.00, AllSaints
Bella Freud 1970 oversized wool jumper
This is one of the signature pieces from British fashion designer Bella Freud's instantly-recognisable styles. It is made from merino wool and embroidered with the label's iconic 1970 intarsia, a date to honour the New York punk scene. While it is available in neutral tones of black and vibrant hues of pink and yellow, our personal favourite in this daring red shade that is eye-catching and scene-stealing.
Buy now £335.00, Selfridges
H&M Polo-neck wool-blend jumper
This is one of the ultra-wearable pieces you’ll be thankful you have in your jumper arsenal in the depths of winter. When the motivation to put together an outfit is at an all time low, throw on this knit, pair with suit trousers and voila! It is also available in beige and brown.
Buy now £79.99, H&M
Reiss Harper Striped Knitted V-Neck Jumper
Masters in elegant officewear, Reiss has brought the knit jumper into the realms of formal apparel with this slouchy but chic piece. Casual Friday-ready, the wool-blend jumper is designed to have a relaxed fit but the colour and slide-sits give that element of sophistication. The burnt orange colourway provides something different than the traditional winter palette.
Buy now £115.00, Reiss
& Other Stories Knitted Zip Cardigan
So not strictly a knitted jumper but a knitted cardigan instead - we hope you’ll forgive us. We just couldn’t resist the checkboard design that is an ubiquitous motif in the autumn/winter 2022 offering. The black and white colourway makes it one for the minimalists but still remains striking.
Buy now £120.00, & Other Stories
Warehouse Swirl Jacquard Knit Jumper
This jumper from Warehouse follows suit from the & Other Stories cardigan above but gives the checkboard a psychedelic twist with this trompe-l’œil-esque design. Also available in a green and pink hue.
Buy now £47.20, Warehouse
The Frankie Shop Athina striped cropped wool-blend sweater
Get the basics done right with the help of fashion editor favourite The Frankie Shop. The brand shows us how it’s down with this cropped edition of the timeless striped knit. Your midriff may catch a chill but your neck certainly wont with the roll neck silhouette.
Buy now £165.00, MatchesFashion
Theory Lace-up cashmere sweater
Lace-up detailing gives this cashmere sweater from Trilogy a sportier feel for a style that you will live in each and every weekend, whether you’re going out or opting for cosy nights in. Get creative with the ties and you can dress it up (cropped suit trousers and heels) or down (tracksuit and trainers).
Buy now £355.00, Net-A-Porter