.... and I am sat here dribbling coffee out of one side of my mouth, it being numb having been to the dentist, I may be feeling ever so slightly sorry for myself.
Also grounded at home with a poorly 10yr old, terrible temperature, dizzy and just in need of her mummy and a day on the sofa under a blanket. So it would be rude of me not to join her....?! In between a day of lots of washing, changing sheets, emptying the dishwasher and making spag bol, I am taking the opportunity to do a jumper search.
Now you may well think, been there, done that, got the video. And you would be right but I still have not managed to tie down that elusive off white jumper. Actually that's not entirely true, I do have the perfect Zara jumper from a couple of years ago. Which is a) falling apart (no surprise there) and be) has a lovely great big mark down one sleeve (the perils of a white top....)
And I need a new one. So what's the criteria? Well, not a thin one and not a thick one. I'm looking for the Goldilocks of jumpers. A medium weight knit, possibly linen possibly a cotton mix, something with a bit of texture maybe..... I am open on this one.
I want to be able to layer it for sure.....and ideally the one I have and adore and am in mourning over is slightly gathered in at the bottom, so that would be good too.
Essentially I will know it when I see it. Doing a great job of describing this, aren't I?
I had seen a great one at FCUK and went the other day to try it on but actually I think it might be too chunky. However whilst I was in there, I thought I'd try some others on, as they did have a rather extensive selection.
So this was the one I had seen and had loved. But it's rather on the claustrophobic side for Summer... However a) it's Spring and it's still flipping freezing and b) it's now in the sale at Atterley Road (full price still everywhere else still....)
White Spring Mozart Rocks Jumper from FCUK was £69 now £34
And here we are on me..... Very serious face.... This is over my dungarees *lazy cow alert*. I love it, but you couldn't possibly wear a jacket over it plus it's a turtle neck so it sort of defeats the object for me. Although, you could layer it with a top underneath, but this really isn't what I'm looking for. However it is a great jumper and an amazing price at Atterley Road.
Now this I have to say I didn't like as much in the shop but on looking at it again, it's growing on me.....side zip which you can undo... I have a Large here but maybe a Medium might be better (nah, I'll only shrink it, I like it in the Large) I've just realised this is a version of the above jumper apparently.. not sure I'm seeing a huge amount of similarity ie any....
Mozarts Rocks Jumper £69 FCUK - this is it in the grey (which I have to say I may even prefer to the white - you can see how the shopping just goes wrong in my world, can't you?)
And then I went slightly off piste.... now randomly I don't "hate" this but suffice to say I shan't be buying it. (although it's really growing on me. Note to self. Do not start writing the blog in the morning and come back to it in the evening after a school meeting and a glass of wine.....)
Ruth Frill Jumper £89 from FCUK. This is a small which I thought was too small but I think I actually prefer this one on the snugger side.
So now to what else is out there and this one looks ok but maybe a bit thin for what I'm looking for...
Kin by John Lewis White Melange Jumper £59
This one looks like it could fit the bill from Mint Velvet - I'd size up I think as it does look quite snug here for me.
Mint Velvet Pointelle Rib Jumper in Ivory £69
Now this looks lovely from Oui - but does it just look like a plain old jumper? For that price? I'd need to see it in detail and seeing as I'd be bound to get filth on it very swiftly, I'm not sure I want to spend almost £100.
Oui Boxy Knit Jumper £99
If we are thinking that maybe a plain sweater could work, then the basics at Uniqlo are great. In fact, I did a trying on session in there yesterday so have a blog up my basic sleeve...
And whilst I was looking for jumpers online (they had a totally pants selection instore), I may have happened to come across this which I've ordered as it's just too good not to. It also happens to be the only jumper they have in an ivory so that put pays to that theory of there being loads of great basic jumpers on offer. It appears that's in the A/W only (hence whey there were none instore)
Nubby Sweater £19.99 on offer, usually £29.99
Similar shape at Poetry, which is a new brand they're selling at John Lewis.
Poetry Linen Crew Neck Jumper in cream £69 (possibly on the thin side?)
Another at The White Company - this is definitely worth looking at with a great reduction. This is how I would like to look All The Time. Couldn't be a more hilarious thought as I've mostly got a smear of Nutella or Ketchup somewhere on myself. (this is down to a small child, I might add, I'm not totally incapable of getting food from the plate to my mouth without spilling it. Most of the time, anwyay)
Rectangular Jumper in Ecru was £110 now £55 (not sure why they call it this as I have a rectangular jumper from there in linen from a couple of years ago and it's more of an oversized shape, certainly not fitted.) They also have it on offer in navy, just in case anyone is interested although it's not in the sale.
Sticking with finding sale goodies, I think this may be the one to fit the brief - it's the most similar to my much lamented Zara disaster. I would, however, want it to be looser than this, so I would definitely size up.
Whistles Fluffy Box Jumper in Ivory was £120 now £55 (bargain!) And it doesn't look so much fluffy to me, as textured.
If the textured element isn't your bag, then there's a similar shape at ASOS.
ASOS Chunky Jumper in Textured Fisherman's Rib £30 (this isn't over chunky, I wouldn't have said?)
Three gorgeous numbers at Me+Em. On my non White Company Days, I'd be more than happy to live in Me+Em world. In reality, I'm slightly too creased.
Me+Em Tubular Airtex Boxy Jumper £69 This isn't exactly what I had in mind - I was looking for something slightly more substantial but it's so lovely, I'll make an exception.
I'd love to see how cropped this is as other than that, I simply love the texture of it. But god forbid I should flash a roll of flesh at anyone. No one needs an eyeful of that. Ever.
Ribbed Cropped Cotton Jumper in Optic White £88 from Me+Em
Lastly, the Boyfriend Jumper in Optic White £88 Oh to be this perky.
Of course the obvious always happens and the odd off piste jumper has caught my eye. This one in particular doesn't ft the brief (although I do still think you could get a loose coat over it....) but I love it.
Cheap Monday £50
And as per usual - more confused then when I started. I've just pressed Buy on the bargain Whistles Jumper at John Lewis which I will report back on tomorrow. (what's not to love about Click & Collect) Apart from that, I'm definitely tempted by the Cheap Monday one. Oh and the Uniqlo one. And The White Company one...... I should put the wine down, shouldn't I?
Speaking of tomorrow - I'm warning you now, I have developed an obsession with the dungarees. I honestly thought they would be a total one trip pony and I'm sure some of you will think I am totally deluded but they are more than growing on me. I am really really loving them... I have had this denim shirt in my wardrobe for years and simply cannot get to grips with it. Layered over the dungers today for a day of slobbing around (apart from my hideous dentist appt, school run and then a school Yr 5 meeting), it was perfect. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving.