Graphic Sweaters

Every once in a while I am drawn to a trend that frightens me. A while ago, I had done a piece on the return of the Cosby sweater, and how despite myself, I would probably like to add one to my cache.  Like so many trends, I sort of put it to one side, and forgot about it. But it has re-emerged lately, likely because of the desperately gloomy weather here in the UK, and the ability of a graphic sweater to lighten the tone somewhat. So I have been revisiting the topic, and am in the process of narrowing-down my options. Now is the time, because the retail cycle is starting to look forward to spring, and the fall collections will be going on sale. Let's face it, if there is one thing that you probably want to get on sale, it's a graphic sweater festooned with lightning bolts, neon plaids, jumping reindeers, or whatever motif ultimately catches your fancy.

I've narrowed down my potentials into three different categories.  For starters, the checks and plaids. 



Jonathan Saunders

Then there are the mixed pattern graphic sweaters. These are still present in the spring collections, and I quite like the idea of them as a way to get more wear out of my plain black trousers that always feel like a bit of a fashion cop-out. 

Prabal Gurung at Moda Operandi

Sonia Rykiel


And finally, that old fashion staple, for better or worse, the fairisle sweater. I have been searching for one of these with just the right balance of tradition and kitsch for a while now. My favourites tend to be the ones with a nod to tradition in more modern shapes and fabrics. 

Surface to Air

Tracy Reese

Mara Hoffman intarsia pullover

Hmmm. what to do...what to do.....the search continues, but so far, I am leaning towards the grey mixed print ASOS with the striped sleeves....or do I want more colour? Hmmm....I guess you'll be the first to know. Watch this space.....


  1. OK, maybe I'm too mature, but I'm going for the Surface to Air. It's beautiful. You could probably get away with anything and look adorable.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Hmmm, so many nice ones to choose from! But I'm partial to the ASOS grey striped sleeve one as well. Put it in my Stuff To Buy folder :-)

  3. Second the Surface to Air. The Tracy Reese is too close to traditional and the Maria Hoffman isn't really Fair Isle if that's what you want.

    I like all 3 of the ASOS ones!

    Barb W. (@mamamiaubarb)


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