christmas jumpers

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

...and what to wear instead

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a brilliant Christmas movie; whether it’s one that you recycle year after year or the hottest blockbuster to grace our screens that month. Whatever your choice, within the duration of that film there will undoubtedly be an array of hideously ugly Christmas jumpers. Every gentleman should know that it is a sin to be seen in a proper, Rudolf-themed Christmas jumper but instead should opt for a more subtle, easy-on-the-eye one – like a Fair Isle. So, what are the worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens? And, what are the alternatives?

Bridget Jones' Diary

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Not one, but two, of the most classic Christmas jumpers of all time are worn by the infamous Mr Darcy in Bridget Jones. Featuring Christmas favourites in the form of Rudolph and a 3D snowman, these presumably handknitted numbers are fantastic for a comic plot device – but probably won’t play so well in real life. Instead, opt for this traditional – yet subtle – jumper from Luca Faloni which is perfect for the Christmas season.

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Luca Faloni cashmere roll neck

£260

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Modern Family

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

You might think bobbles, detachable ornaments and anything obnoxiously red or green – like this number sported by Cameron in Modern Family – is fun and quirkily festive but, honestly, it’s genuinely just not acceptable – particularly for a gentleman. Instead opt for something more classic and less bright, like this Barbour design.

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Barbour Fair Isle sweater

£99.95

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The Santa Clause

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Although this is what’s known as a ‘classic’ Christmas jumper complete with Nordic-inspired red detailing, reindeer and snowflakes, it is still a hard look to pull off, even for the modern, sophisticated gentleman. Instead of trying to replicate Tim Allen in The Santa Clause, go for something much more polished and sharp – like this one from Oliver Spencer.

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Oliver Spencer roll neck

£190

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Sherlock

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

On the face of it Martin Freeman, in his role as John Watson in Sherlock, is getting everything right. Complementary colours, a design that isn’t too brash or on the nose, a distinct apres ski vibe – and yet it just doesn’t quite work. The knit is too chunky and fit just a little too large lending this jumper an almost childlike feel. Instead opt for this Drole de Monsieur number, which offers the same colour and Alpine references, just in a more abstract and sophisticated way.

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Drole de Monsieur sweater

£330

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The Night Before

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Getting your team together to don festive knits festooned with anthropomorphised Brussel sprouts for a Christmas Eve pint, a la Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie in The Night Before, might seem like a great idea at the time but, trust us, when the photographic evidence hits Instagram the next day you’re going to regret it. If you really must wear something with some wintertime whimsy may we suggest this xxx

The worst Christmas jumpers to ever grace our screens…

Ralph Lauren Reindeer sweater

£129

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