The good, the best and the not bob­bly

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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.

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