I Hate Christmas Jumpers, But I Love These 4 Statement Knits

There's nothing more comforting and sartorially satisfying than a statement knit. While we love a knockout dress or lust-worthy pair of shoes, neither is conducive to a throw-on-and-go dressing situation.

A statement jumper, however, is your friend on cold Monday mornings and prematurely dark winter evenings, as it has the rare ability to bring both warmth and style kudos to an outfit. This season, there are plenty on offer when it comes to whimsical knits—think balloon sleeves, colourful Fair Isle versions, graphic prints and even two-in-one scarf-jumper combos (the dream).

The trend is particularly timely with Christmas around the corner, and if you're anything like me, you tend to avoid festive jumpers like the plague. However, a statement knit will fulfil the same requirements but in a chicer way (musical buttons and flashing lights need not apply). So if you're looking for a stylish way to brighten up your winter wardrobe, look no further than these 16 statement jumpers. They'll bring a smile to your face—we promise.

The Scarf Knit

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Style Notes: The scarf-and-jumper combo might sound wrong, but somehow it looks so right. Thanks to the knitwear stylings of Joseph (its orange buy was everywhere at fashion week), we're suddenly in desperate need of a knitted scarf attachment pronto. These looks will go with everything from denim to midi dresses.

The Graphic Print

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Style Notes: Trust Prada to casually emblazon a V-neck jumper with a flame motif and make it look cool. Apparently it's not the only brand loving the graphic print at the moment… We've been eyeing up Madeleine Thompson's rainbow lightning bolts and Mango's zebra prints.

The Fair Isle Look

Style Notes: This is one for the statement knit-ambivalent. A Fair Isle print is a classic motif, however, in the hands of cool brands such as Samsoe & Samsoe, they're suddenly looking very relevant. We love how Emili Sindlev styles her Fair Isle jumper with a blush-pink slip skirt and white cowboy boots.

The Balloon-Sleeve

Style Notes: High-street and high-end brands alike have been blowing up their sleeves to epic proportions this season. They're not the easiest things to fit under jumpers, so we would recommend layering yours over a roll-neck knit and braving the cold sans jacket. H&M's beige cardigan would work particularly well for this purpose.

Sequin Embellishments

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Style Notes: Okay, this is as close to a Christmas jumper as I'm getting. Shimmering and chic, these sequinned knits say festive cheer without the dubious three-dimensional motifs. We'll be wearing these babies on Christmas day with a pleated midi skirt and ankle boots. Go on—you know you want to.