So I mentioned this whilst everyone was having their breakfast this morning and I won't lie - it did go down like a parp in a lift. "How about we all wear Christmas Jumpers this year?"
Actually that's not true - the 7yr old was giddy at the thought of being able to buy the (faintly ridiculous but beautifully crafted) Rudolph one for Daddy that he's seen in M&S. To say The Husband didn't share his joy would be a mild understatement. He could clearly smell a rat.
And darn it, he knows me too well. I did definitely mean Christmas Jumpers, but with a slight twist. As in, this is an amazing opportunity (code for cunning plan) to be able to sneak in the Bella Freud 1970 jumper that I have been obsessing about. In the red. Which surely screams Christmas, no? (yes is the answer you're looking for, by the way).
So what are the rules to my Christmas Jumper quest? It mustn't be plain. It must have a hint of something vaguely festive... (red counts as being UBER festive by the way). Actually having said it mustn't be plain, I guess I could forgive a super metallic number but today I am giving it all over to the print jumper.
But without a Rudolph in sight. (she says... I actually haven't started researching this which is unusual for me and have just started writing. So who knows what I'll turn up)
I'm going to ease you in gently though with something that is festive for sure but it is so easy to wear any day of the year (those days that warrant a jumper that is) and let's talk about stars.
I can testify to how gorgeous this jumper is. I think I know 4 people who have it and it looks great on all of them. They all wear it in different ways as well - so it has a versatility to it that perhaps a jumper with a massive snowman on the front, might not have. (just saying)
And.. an early Christmas gift, there is 15% off at Mint Velvet - COSY15. Off everything. I may have to do a round up....
Grey foil star knit jumper £69
Now I've actually failed at only the second jumper. So it's not exactly Rudolph, but it is a Reindeer.. sorry, Stag (and there is a difference but we do all tell our children that the local park is full of Reindeer at Christmas and can you spot Rudolph amongst the herd? Alas it's only the 7yr old who is still vaguely believing. The older two now look at me with equal measures of pity, disdain and concern)
Silver Grey Stag Back Knit from Mint Velvet £79
Back to stars at hush - and monochrome. Could I love this anymore? Don't forget there's still 10% off at hush until November 8th with the code PUMPKIN15.
Scatter Scar Jumper from hush £85
More monochrome at ASOS and this is definitely a nod to the theme. But a festive star is a festive start (and in fact there are two - one on each elbow!)
ASOS Jumper £22
From two stars to star overload, again in monochrome Topshop. Eminently wearable all season and not just on that one special day.
Star Knit Jumper £36
And the codes continue at Gap. It's not one I actually have to give you alas, but if you sign up for their email then you can get a whopping 40% off. If you don't fancy doing that, then GETGAP will give you 25% off until November 7th.
These prices are all pre discount and all jumpers are available in petite and tall. Bargain central. (hands up who's getting more than one?!)
Intarsia word pullover Peace £34.95 Love this shade of blue. Ink. (I'd say).
Another slogan jumper now but one that is perhaps less... December.
Slogan Wool Blend Jumper by Jovonna at Topshop £45
Now moving to slightly more outside the box. You can tell I've already had a sniff of mulled wine as this isn't going to be for everyone.
But I'm thinking - peg leg leather trousers.... or a pleated leather midi skirt.... I like it. That's if it's on the waist as opposed to cropped. If it's cropped then it can jog on.
Aztec Retro Jumper from M&S - Guess what... 20% off at M&S again for two days. Online only, discount already applied. Was £29.50 now £23.60 (there are also polar bears, robins and proper furry Reindeer on jumpers at M&S if they float your boat...)
Another print jumper at ASOS - yes this is fairisle which I know I've covered (although they're springing up everywhere like weeds) but this one has embellishment on it which makes it extra special if you ask me. This with coated skinnies....
ASOS jumper in pattern with embellishment £50
I cannot believe how many discount codes there are around at the moment - you've only got till tomorrow though to make the most of the 25% off at Boden - 4Q2B
This one is like wearing your very own Christmas decorations.
Relaxed Embellished V Jumper £99 - also available in silver grey.
And now we start with stretching the perceived definition of "Christmas Jumper"... Anyone canny *may* notice that these are just jumpers that I love and would wear on Christmas Day. Which surely is as good as a redefinition of the term as any? These with a leather skirt or leather trousers = Christmas Day perfection.
This one is silver and red which surely screams festive? Struggling slightly more on the bus justification... details schmetails. And it has 25% off.
London Cashmere Jumper £159 pre discount
Stretching again at Topshop but I completely LOVE this jumper. I am after a jumper to wear with skirts and this one surely is perfect?
Eyelet Jumper from Topshop £42
And the one I really have my heart set on...for which there is obviously no discount voucher (soddus lawus).
Bella Freud 1970 jumper £280
Or.... there are of course some you can buy and polish your halo at the same time. The Save The Children Jumpers from Matches. This one would get my vote.
Bella Freud X Kate Moss sweater £365
So hopefully you've got the message that in my book, a jumper is for life and not just for Christmas. I really want to get one that I can enjoy on Christmas Day and look vaguely (and I know, with some, it's "very" vaguely) festive in, but still wear it well into the Spring.
Guess which one I'm going to go for... (or at the very least put on my Christmas list. This is a theoretical list by the way. A list that I make in my head of things I'd love to get for Christmas and end up hopefully snagging myself in the sale. I do not have one of those husbands who asks for a list crammed with clothes, smellies and accessories and then buys all of it. If you do, I'm not going to say I hate you. But I might do, just a teensy teensy teensy titchy teeny tiny atom of a bit)
Outfit from today - lovely lunch with two girlfriends and a smidge more Christmas shopping. I am making lots of dents in it - hoorah.