The high street is keen for us all to try out dad jumpers (and we approve)

The high street is keen for us all to try out dad jumpers (and we approve)

November 3, 2020

Taking inspiration from dads around the country – meet the zip up jumper that’s gaining serious style kudos. 

Fashion is known for its ability to boomerang. Often, we’ll all wear outfits our parents, or even grandparents, wore in a previous decade. This time round it’s the 70s style knit vests – as seen at Gucci, Prada and Dior – stealing the limelight. The evolution of style often goes full circle, but it’s not often we want to wear the clothes our older relatives are actually wearing right now.

This was until the likes of Birkenstock and Teva made us want to stock up on ‘ugly’ dad-style sandals throughout the summer months. And boy were they comfy. For winter, we’re taking more inspiration from the wardrobes of dads around Great Britain with the zip-up sweater. 

You know the ones – they’re what dads would call a ‘pullover’ and have a half zip often in a fetching brown or traditional grey older man tone. These once-snubbed jumpers are now on the wish lists of stylish women everywhere, and high street brands – including Arket, H&M and Zara – have already created iterations. 

Style with jeans, leave undone and layer a roll neck underneath, or style with an unlikely sequin skirt (believe us, it works) – this is the sweater to look to for winter. 

Fashion influencer Lindsey from @ropesofholland tries tucking the sweater into high waist vintage jeans and layering underneath a leather blazer – also a key item this season. Tick and tick. 

Shop the fashion team’s top seven zip knits below. 

  • French Connection pink jumper

    Best zip jumpers: French Connection

    Brighten up your knitwear collection with this punchy pink knit and you won’t look back. Leave unzipped and add a printed high neck top underneath for an update on seasonal layering. 

    Shop Lana knit sweater with zip at French Connection, £85

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  • Weekday grey jumper

    Best zip jumpers: Weekday

    Wear this cosy style with white jeans and chunky Chelsea boots for a winter look that’ll never fail. 

    Shop Delora sweater at Weekday, £45

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  • Reiss cream jumper

    Best zip jumpers: Reiss

    This Reiss style will look so good with a silky slip skirt and knee-high boots. Team with other tonal shades of beige, tan and chocolate brown for a winning autumn colour combo. 

     Shop Reiss Safia jumper at John Lewis and Partners, £155

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  • Monki zip fleece

    Best zip jumpers: Monki

    For a real dad vibe, opt for a fleece pullover. Yes we really said the words fleece pullover. This year is all about comfort so trust us and give it a go. 

    Shop fleece pullover at Monki, £30

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  • Vera Moda sweater

    Best zip jumpers: Vera Moda

    This throw on anytime style is a wardrobe staple to rely on. Try teaming it with dusty pink accessories and golden jewels. 

    Shop Vera Moda sweater at Asos, £32

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  • Paloma Wool unisex jumper

    Best zip jumpers: Paloma Wool

    Made from a wool blend, this olive unisex knit is the perfect style to swaddle up in for the cooler months. Team with jeans and kicks for an effortless ensemble. 

    Shop Paloma Wool Cero unisex sweater, £110

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  • French Connection sweater

    Best zip jumpers: French Connection

    In orange, red or grey, this zip up sweater is the wear anywhere style you’ll rely on for working from home days to winter walks. 

    Shop French Connection Ota sweater, £60

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Images: Getty; courtesy of brands

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