Us Brits love a good nerdy knit. We have a long history of lumpy jumpers, bobbled cashmere and hand-spun heritage wool, and the jumper-clad 'English eccentric' is a look that transcends both generations and social groups—linking the likes of Prince Charles with fashion girls such as Alexa Chung and, well, your granny. It's one of the few pieces of clothing that doesn't necessarily get better with the designer stamp of approval—ironically, the less traditionally cool the jumper is, the greater its fashion credentials.
Although it has never technically gone "out" of style, the ugly jumper seems to be having a moment right now. Usually high-maintenance fashion girls are embracing the sartorial awkwardness of the thick knit, but in their own unique and cool way, naturally. We can't get enough of Emili Sindlev's quintessentially Scandi ensemble that sees a fair isle jumper paired with a silken slip skirt and white cowboy boots. We'll be wearing this fashion formula all autumn long. While the trend has made appearances across the high street, it's Zara that has fallen head-over-heels for the nerdy knit, delivering over 12 interpretations—from retro knitted vests and golf-inspired diamonds to bold, sequin-strewn iterations. Nerdy has never looked so nice. Scroll down to shop our favourite Zara knits.
Style Notes: Slip skirts can work in your autumn wardrobe, just take your cues from Emili Sindlev and pair with a chunky knit and cowboy boots.
Style Notes: A zany cable knit jumper is an easy way to liven up a pair of black skinny jeans.
Style Notes: This oversized New Look number could easily look a little lumpy, however, this showgoer styles it out with a thigh-slit black midi.
Style Notes: This is how to do the English eccentric look for 2018. It's all about the print clash and mash-up of textures—animal print is perfect.
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