By Charlie Bell
Knitwear season is here and the humble striped jumper has caught everyone’s attention.
Much like our trusty Breton tee, the striped jumper has played a key part in our capsule wardrobe over the years, and this season it’s reached new sartorial heights.
Fast becoming the It knit of Autumn, the timeless striped knit has had a refresh, featuring collared designs, funnel necks and half-zip fastening for a sporty twist.
Sticking to classic hues such as cream and navy, the striped sweater is a worthy addition to your off-duty getup, giving your best jeans an effortlessly cool update.
As well as denim, you can team a striped jumper with a faux leather skirt for added texture and a cooler edge or a silky slip skirt for an elegant daytime look. Layer under the best blazer for added polish and finish off with trainers to tap into that sportier aesthetic.
Look for slouchy styles if you want more of a relaxed fit and try half-tucking into your jeans or skirts to help streamline your silhouette.
Basically, we’re promising plenty of wear out of your striped knit. A worthy investment piece that won’t break the bank, you’ll be rocking this smash knit straight through to spring.
The best striped jumpers as chosen by our fashion team
On the hunt for that perfect striped jumper? We’ve scoured the shops and done the hard work for you.
1. Mango Striped Knit Sweater
We are slightly obsessed with this super cute cable knit. The tortoiseshell effect buttons are a stylish detail that takes it up a notch. With a straight design, it’s relaxed without being too slouchy or oversized so a good option for petites. Leave it unbuttoned for an undone vibe and flash a crisp white tee underneath. Wear with light wash jeans for a chic weekend look.
2. Nili Lotan Lucille Striped Cashmere Sweater
For something a bit more polished, try this sleek design. It has a slim fit so ideal for tucking into high-waisted trousers or jeans. Featuring large navy and off-white stripes, it has that classic nautical vibe that is forever on-trend. It’s 100% cashmere too so guaranteed softness against the skin. Wear with a pair of camel tailored trousers and tan mule heels for your 9-5 getup.
3. Zara Striped Knit Vest
We can always rely on Zara to pull a stylish knit out of the bag and this one is no exception. It has a super high collar with a zip fastening for that sporty edge and an on-trend sleeveless design. With their cool retro aesthetic, sweater vests are having a moment right now and they are great for layering or that tricky in-between weather period when a chunky knit seems too much. Wear on its own or layer over a simple blouse or a simple white tee.
4. J Crew Ribbed-Cashmere Oversized Turtleneck Sweater in Stripe
If you fancy splashing out on something a bit more luxurious, consider this cashmere number from J Crew. It’s crafted from top quality cashmere so is really built to last and the classic navy striped design is guaranteed to never go out of style. It’s proper cosy too with an oversized fit and a turtleneck style - perfect for keeping toasty during a cold spell. Pair with some delicate gold jewellery for a feminine touch.
5. Baukjen Alyson Newlife Jumper
One of the best British fashion brands, Baukjen prides itself on sustainable styles that are chic and timeless and this knit embodies all of that. Crafted from 50% merino wool and a yarn engineered from plastic bottles it’s kind to your skin and the planet. Not only that, it delivers on all the stylish details too with a ribbed texture, funnel neck and statement zip fastening. Get it or regret it!
6. French Connection Kai Half Zip Jumper
This sporty sweat comes up slightly cropped so will look effortlessly cool worn with high-waisted styles to show off the waist. We love the beige colour block detailing for added interest. It’s a cotton-wool mix so will work all-year-round too. Team with a pair of wide-leg trousers and polish off with a boyfriend blazer.
7. Arket Striped Cotton Jumper
It’s hardly surprising that this beautiful striped sweater is selling fast. Made from 100% organic cotton, it’s super soft and delightfully comfy to wear. It has a v-neckline and a wide open collar for a flattering finish on the bust. There are four different colourways to choose from too including navy and beige.
8. Sézane Léontine Jumper
Another twist on the classic striped sweater, this cute cotton jumper from French brand Sézane will add some Parisian flair to your outfit. Featuring a round neckline and button fastenings, it has balloon sleeves for a flouncy finish. This beauty would look particularly stylish teamed with a pleated midi skirt and heeled ankle boots.
Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor.
She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.
With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_
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