It doesn’t matter how seasoned you are in navigating the festive period, everyone has woken up worse for wear – most likely from too many eggnogs and mulled wines the night before – and made an error in judgement when it comes to Christmas dinner apparel.
An overly tight jean? A snug-fitting shirt from last years haul, when you were a somewhat different shape? Stick to what you know and love: Christmas jumpers.
Just as suitable for lounging at home as they are for Christmas dinners, these jumpers will bring a bit of the festive spirit to your outfit no matter how deep in lockdown you might be this holiday season.
What was once the preserve of “hilarious” uncles has become a mainstream seasonal staple – and we’re on hand to help you find the very best Yuletide knitwear out there.
Here is the GQ edit of the best men’s Christmas jumpers.
And if you need some Christmas list inspiration be sure to check out our roundup of the best Christmas gifts for men and the best tech gifts for gadget geeks. You’re welcome.
Made from a blend of fuzzy mohair, this zigzag-patterned jumper is a simple but effective choice for the festive season.
Warm and cosy but still refined, this can definitely pass as a Christmas jumper, but works just as well for the rest of the winter. mrporter.com
Designed by textile experts Masako Noguchi and Takuma Sasaki, this Christmas jumper is classic winter knitwear meets contemporary and unique design. Crafted with the traditional Fair Isle pattern, it feels festive and seasonal but with the soft ombre effect it has an artistic touch. matchesfashion.com
There’s nothing more festive than supporting a good cause. Notjustclothing’s festive release this year comes poignantly in the form of a NHS Heroes festive knit, which will donate 50 per cent of the profits from every sale to NHS Charities Together, supporting the National Health Service.
The design is bold, perfect for Christmas and will also be accompanied by a NHS bauble. notjustclothing.co.uk
Knit from a soft lambswool, this is a simple yet classic Christmas jumper with a refreshing olive, rust and grey colour palette.
Made in Scotland, the crewneck and Fair Isle pattern make for a traditional look that is easy to dress up or down, however you’re celebrating. trunkclothiers.com
Sunspel x David Shrigley
A Christmas jumper with a clear message, this collaboration between Sunspel and British visual artist David Shrigley OBE is the Christmas jumper you should have your eye on this year.
Not only will it make a great impression, but the embroidered message highlights the importance of environmental responsibility and sustainability with Shrigley’s illustrations.
To make it even better, for each garment sold ten per cent of the profits will be donated to Stump Up For Trees, an environmental preservation charity focused on woodland creation and enhancing biodiversity in Wales. sunspel.com
Part of Gucci’s AW20 collection, which takes inspiration from 1980s and 1990s grunge subculture, this cardigan is the perfect festive layer to complete any Christmas outfit.
With red, blue and ivory zigzags, it has a retro holiday feel that will leave you with an endless stream of compliments come the big day. farfetch.com
A classic festive jumper with a twist.
Made from a wool and mohair blend in a tricolour palette, Thom Browne’s Fair Isle pattern tweaks tradition slightly with the addition of mirrored elephants.
Cosy, but still suitable for any Christmas do. £820. At mrporter.com
Knitted with a traditional motif, this choice from APC is great for the whole winter season.
Comfortable and soft, thanks to the lambswool, it’s perfect for any festivities this year but just as suited for lounging in during lockdown. mrporter.com
A simple and refined take on the classic Fair Isle print, this jumper from Bellerose will last the winter and autumn seasons alike.
A sound investment for the frugal among us. mrporter.com
If you’re looking to make a fashion statement, you can’t go wrong with this standout Fair Isle sweater from Beams Plus.
With sleeves that feature a different pattern, this is not one for the faint hearted.
Wear with confidence. endclothing.com
Not only great for the big day, but frosty January walks as well, this oversized crewneck sweater in wool blend from Ami Paris will make a great addition to anyone’s winter wardrobe. farfetch.com