Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster, World War 2 epic Dunkirk, is full of jumpers. From Tom Hardy’s Royal Air Force pilot to Mark Rylance’s mariner, you’d be hard-pushed to ignore the knitwear despite the film’s action scenes dramatising the evacuation.
But chief amongst the pullovers and sweaters is the fisherman’s jumper. Worn by everyone from Kenneth Branagh’s high-ranking Commander Bolton to Tom Glynn-Carney’s deck-hand, these roll-necked, ribbed and often cable-knit creations take centre stage in the costume department.
So let the film of the summer inform your wardrobe this autumn, and be inspired to jump on the jumper trend, and invest in one of your own. Here are five of the best.
INIS MEÁIN Boatbuilder Merino Roll-neck
Grey, simple and suitably rugged, this ‘Boatbuilder’ rollneck has been made on the namesake Irish island from a substantial blend of merino wool and cashmere for insulation and softness. Perfect for a chilly day as summer turns to autumn.
ETRO Cable-Knit Mélange Wool Sweater
Channel the Channel-faring Tom Glynn-Carney from Dunkirk in this deep red fisherman’s jumper. Playing Mark Rylance’s son in the film, the jumper spends all of its time at sea. But Etro’s maroon offering will keep you warm even if you become marooned.
ENLIST Ribbed Merino Roll-neck
In classic naval navy, this ribbed Enlist roll-neck is the perfect wardrobe for a day by the beach, or at sea. Made from extra fine merino wool, a yarn prized for its softness, pliability and static resistance – this jumper will drape handsomely and won’t cling.
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Roll-neck
As easy-to-wear, but luxurious, as ever, Brunello Cucinelli’s wool-blend roll-neck jumper is a twist on a classic. You’ve got the ribbed knit, and deep red colour, but a contrast cream stripe splashes across the chest.
INIS MEÁIN Beairtíní Merino Wool Sweater
A faux-roll-neck, this final offering from Inis Meain, the ‘Beairtíní’ sweater, is hand-spun from merino wool and finished with a wide mock neck that feels so cosy to wear. The dark-green mélange, like much of the brand’s palette, references the breathtaking landscape surrounding its factory.