Us Brits love a good nerdy knit. We have a long history of lumpy jumpers, bobbled cashmere and hand-spun heritage wool. The jumper-clad "English eccentric" look transcends both generations and social groups, linking the likes of Prince Charles with fashion girls such as Alexa Chung, and, well, even 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" Fair Isle jumper seems to be having a moment right now. The usual high-maintenance street style stars are embracing the sartorial awkwardness of the thick knit, but in their own unique and cool way.
In fact, 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 for the rest of winter.
While the trend has made appearances across the high street, it's & Other Stories that has fallen head over heels for the nerdy knit, delivering many interpretations through autumn/winter and beyond. From retro knitted vests and golf-inspired diamonds to bold, sequin-strewn options, nerdy has never looked so nice. Scroll down to shop our favourite ugly knits.
Style Notes: Slip skirts can work across seasons. Just take your cues from Emili Sindlev and pair them 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, but this showgoer balances it out with a black midi.
Style Notes: This is how to do the English eccentric look for 2019. It's all about the print clash and mash-up of textures. Animal print is perfect.
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