This article was originally published in The Courier
The Countdown to Christmas has begun, and so its time for Alexa Chung and Kim K to move over and let the true style icon take his rightful place. I am, of course, talking about Ron Weasley- the king of the Christmas Jumper. Although we may not all have our very own Molly Weasley to knit us a festive jumper, that hasn’t stopped us year after year descending on Primark come December 1st and hunting down the perfect polyester creation. But what does your Christmas jumper say about you?
Last year was all about the slogan, from the nostalgic ‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal’ to the ever current ‘let me take an #elfie’ and this trend is sure to continue. These jumpers let everyone know that yes, you’re very funny and yes, you’re very clever (lets ignore the fact that it was probably some balding man living in Chiswick that actually came up with the design). Festive puns will undoubtedly add some fun to your Christmas day, although some references may be lost on your gran… “You can jingle my bells” should be avoided at all costs.
“Take inspo from Bridget Jones’ swoony Mark Darcy and wear you’re ugly but snuggly jumper with pride”
If you’re looking for something a tad subtler however, many high street shops are offering a great selection of more versatile winter warmers. If you went a little hard on trebles at the start of term and as a result your student loan is starting to look worse for wear then you may want to invest in a more ambiguous sweatshirt. Winter scenes and beaded snowflakes can be worn not only in the lead up to Christmas but right through till March… or alternatively, if you’re living In Jesmond with questionable heating… till June.
And for all those fashionistas out there, fear not – although garish colours, flashing lights and questionable designs don’t scream style, there’s plenty of less offensive options out there. For those of you who want to embrace xmas without sacrificing any chances you have of being featured on ‘spotted on campus’ the ever reliable ASOS have a huge collection of chic jumpers. Pair one of their oversized crew neck sweaters with your fave skinny jeans and some trainers and you’re good to go, if Ron can pull it off, so can you.
However, if subtly has never been your thing, then by no means let anyone hold you back. At what other time of year is it acceptable to wear a chunky knit with a protruding carrot?? Take inspo from Bridget Jones’ swoony Mark Darcy and wear you’re ugly but snuggly jumper with pride. After all, what’s cooler than being tragically uncool? Go for the bells; go for the cats and for Gods’ sake go for the glitter- when it comes to ugly sweater the limit does not exist.
Whatever jumper you decide on, make sure to don it come December 18th for the UK’s National Christmas Jumper day. Wear your knit whilst doing your bit by donating to the Text Santa charity, meaning you can not only look great, but feel great too. Whether you’re a Ron or a Darcy, Christmas jumpers are fast becoming one of the best parts of the festive season. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay so this Christmas wear your festive concoction unapologetically and be sure to throw humbugs at all those who fail to comply.