Seeing as there is no sign of Spring...

.... 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.

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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?)





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This one was my favourite but... it's £69 and every one in the shop already had a small pull on the front.  But it was definitely the best for Spring and Summer.  A great throw on jumper that would look as good with shorts as it would with leather peg leg trousers for out in the evening with heels. 




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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.




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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.  

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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.

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White longsleeved tee - H&M
Black dungarees - H&M
Denim Shirt - Zara
Trench - Banana Republic
Quilted leather bag - Zara
Cracked leather Stan Smiths - adidas

And so I am now on the hunt for a blue pair.  There.  I've said it.  One glass of wine in and I'm off on the research trail..... 

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  1. Got those fab snakesskin shows from Clarks today so thanks for that tip - love them! Walk away from that ruffily jumper!

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    1. Ha ha ha ha! The Birkie alikes? I have been dreaming about them......

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    2. Yes the very same - get them, comfortable and also adjustable - very impressed with Clarks the last couple of years, quietly coming up on the radar I think...

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    3. Oh definitely! (or are we just getting older..... EEEEK)

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  2. Agree with Deb above....walk away from the frilly jumper. Less is more!

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    1. Yes, it's not v me, is it....!

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  3. I always read your blog but never usually comment. Great Plains have a great sale at the moment and I may have ordered the "Tilly Roll Sleeve" jumper apparently very good for layering. Now £29.00 reduced from £60.00. Technically not white but neutral. Good luck with your search!

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    1. That's a great point - I'll check it out thankyou xxxx

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  4. Love the dungarees, Kat. Good luck with your white sweater search!

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    1. Thank you. DIdn't think I'd love them quite this much....

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  5. You have to be careful with white jumpers, they can look cheap, even when they're not eg £69! Insider knowledge alert - we teachers like it when parents make an effort to dress nicely when they visit, so thank you! Can you believe some come in gardening clothes or paint spattered items?! Bea x

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    1. Is it ok that I went in my dungarees?? They were clean! (and I do have some "designer" paint splattered trousers that I'll make a note not to wear!) Yes, I think the off white of the Whistles ones will hopefully be better than a stark white. Some of the FCUK ones at circa the £80 mark did definitely not look worth it.

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    2. Ha ha! You look lovely, you make the effort! It's the ones (always middle class) that come in yoga pants and uncombed hair :( xx

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  6. My choice is the white French Connection jumper with zips. Might have a peruse myself. Step away from the frilly one Kat!

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    1. The frilly one is a dim and distant memory....

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    2. Kat I forgot to say I have the Mozart summer jumper from last year, in white, but it's more of a top than a jumper. The point is, I have worn it to death - and washed it on the delicates cycle using Woolite, and flat dried only - and it has worn really well. I would quite happily buy a FC jumper if it were made of the same fabric. However I know what you mean about fabric pulling - if I see this in a shop I avoid buying! Also - going off piste here - your cracked Stans are now (finally) appealing to me... Where did you buy yours and what colour? Fed up with cold feet...!!!

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    3. Thanks for that love - more food for thought.

      And my Stan Smiths are the white cracked with the navy back edge. I got mine instore from Sole Traders (the only place they had them instore that I could find) but they also had them online at adidas.

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    4. Thanks hon. Reckon they'll be a useful buy - got my black Moda In Pelle skaters but white trainers would be great for Spring and Summer and I think the crackle makes them look that much more - wait for it (and I apologise for the how lame this sounds) edgy. Back to my Sauvignon Blanc now...!!

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  7. Hi Kat, I read your post in roughly the same circumstances as you describe: feverish child on sofa and a day of washing ahead of me... Years ago I found a cotton off white boyfriend jumper from Fine Collection, hidiously expensive even in the sale but worth it! Check them out online, they have some lovely ones again.

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    1. That sounds lovely, I will indeed have a look, thank you xxx

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  8. I have a very similar FCUK jumper from a couple of years ago. Shockingly poor quality for the price. Several small holes appeared soon after purchase. I'd recommend that you avoid!

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    1. Well yes, that one that was £70 - every one in the shop had a pull on the front. yes it's delicate fabric but at least let me pull it myself and not buy one pre pulled!! I've high hopes for the Whistles one... (which means it will be crap)

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  9. White looks fab on you and for some reason I think I'd love to see the frilly jumper with your black leather skirt & great heels. I think its kinda cool! Have a great weekend, Audrey x

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    1. Oh god don't say that, I can TOTALLY see that working....... I might see how low it goes in the sale (i've a feeling it's not going to be flying off the shelves...!)

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    2. I agree! You'd carry that off totally.
      BUY THE FRILLY ONE!
      Lu xx

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    3. It's SO going to be in the sale! (it would also look rather fabulous with my peg leg pleather trousers as well...hmmmm)

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  10. Hi Kat I too have been on the White jumper hunt and came across one at Tesco would you believe! It may be a bit lighter weight than you were looking for but at £12.00 might be worth a look. It's called the ottoman stitch jumper. I did size up in this by the way. Sonia x

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    1. That looks lovely - a great little jumper top for the Summer. I'm looking for somethng a bit more substantial for sure but that would be great as a tee substitute in the Spring! Great find x

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