At this time of year, I usually spend most of my day scrolling relentlessly through every party dress the high street has to offer. Granted, it is part of my job. But it also suits me fine – if I could, I’d wear my party frock to work every day. I’ve actually been known to do just that on some occasions. Yes, I’m a chronic over-dresser. But I also love the drama, the glamour and the sheer joy of an over-the-top, sparkly creation that just makes you feel wonderful as soon as you put it on. This is why nobody’s more surprise than I am to discover that recently, it’s not the dresses sections I’ve been hungrily surveying but the knitwear.
While I’ve already discussed my want, nay need, of a chunky, cosy jumper to wear all winter, the knits I’ve been coveting in place of dresses are a whole lot more decadent. In fact, I’ve christened them "disco jumpers" because they look like they’re made for just that – dancing the night away. In both comfort and style, I might add. This may have, in my subconscious, started with Gucci’s array of frilled cardigans and lurex sweaters. But like anything worth having, this trend has been embraced wholeheartedly by the high street and now, the Gucci pipe dream has been replaced by the entirely more feasible likes of Topshop, Uterqüe and Baum und Pferdgarten.
The reason I love these jumpers so much is that you can put them on with, say, jeans or a pleated midi skirt for a jazzy daytime outfit that also works for drinks in the evening. This makes for much less faffing time, which is music to my ears. I’d head straight for Uterqüe’s glittery pink symphony, before making my way over to Boden for its metallic stripes, stopping at H&M for some graphic embroidery along the way. M&S’s jewel-embellished jumper is also a winner, while Baum’s multi-coloured sparkly cardi is on my Christmas list. And if you’re feeling particularly lavish (or just have generous relatives) I’d suggest Bella Freud’s glitter-infused slogan jumper. Jeans and a jumper now looks anything but basic.