The good, the best and the not bobbly
How to square the above with thoughts on what to buy now? Slightly awkward, perhaps. But the onus is on us that when we do buy, we do it sparingly and wisely. That doesn’t by any stretch mean that you should avoid the high street – but consider the longevity of every piece you add to your basket. Some of my most enduring items have come from a wide brand demographic.
I have a jumper from River Island that I have worn every winter, without fail, for at least 10 years. Recently, someone mistook it for Celine. It’s a brilliant stalwart – something with just enough of a twist to ensure it endures and cheers me up every time I wear it.
Other jumpers I’ve loved and not lost include a Frame boyfriend (navy, again) cashmere one, which has become a literal security blanket on planes and sofa days (and it’s not yet bobbled, at least three years in); ditto a Chinti and Parker grey and white spotted knit, light enough to wear under a pinafore dress or fitted coat. The brand has recently launched a collection of what it’s calling Essentials, classic shapes in camel, grey, pale pink and navy – crew and polo necks plus this very useful cardigan – added bonus that the prices are very good for the quality and easy cut.
Another that has served me well is a gently ribbed dusty pink jumper from 360 Cashmere. I am very fond of this design (here in a heather grey). Note the sleeves are ribbed almost up to the elbow – a classy touch. If you are after something with a slight twist, Madeleine Thompson has made striking knitwear a speciality.
A couple of new ones for the road: I recently snapped up a cashmere mix ribbed camel round-neck oversized style from Ninety Percent, currently on sale for £84 (ninetypercent. com), which is fast becoming an everyday favourite; and Gap, always adept at serving quality cashmere for amenable pricing – again I have a decade-old jumper, which is still going strong. I know what you’re thinking – no more knitwear for me this, or likely next, winter.