The humble jumper has become a staple to almost everyman’s wardrobe. An extremely versatile piece of clothing that can be worn all year round. It can be made from a variety of fabrics and can be smart or casual depending on the design.
A light wool jumper can be worn on its own, to keep you cool in the summer months; ripping the sleeves of an old jumper makes for a very cool Rocky-esque training and running top. A heavy knit jumper can keep you cosy in the winter months; while wearing your grandmother’s home knitted jumper at Christmas will get you in her good books for the rest of the year.
Jumpers have come in many shapes, patterns and styles throughout the decades. Patterns, pictures and textures can be manufactured into the fabric itself or added later through printing or embroidering.
Throughout pop culture history there have been many famous jumper wearers that have made their jumpers just as famous as they were. Here are a few of the most memorable jumpers from history.
Bill Cosby, an African American comedian, who became famous around the world mainly for the Cosby show that ran from the mid 80s into the early 90s, was renowned for wearing what some may consider hideously patterned jumpers. He has become so synonymous with this style of jumper that it has become common to refer to a jumper of this style as a ‘Cosby Sweater’.
Another famous jumper from pop culture is the black and red stripped jumper worn by Freddy Krueger from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’. It is an iconic costume from film that has been worn by trick-or-treaters on Halloween for over two decades. However there was a famous red and black striped jumper wearer long before Freddy in the shape of Dennis the Menace, the comic book character.
In a step towards the more ridiculous, another famous pop culture jumper is the woollen Christmas jumper worn by Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’s Diary. He is seen in a jumper depicting one of Santa’s reindeer. It is so over the top that it has developed an ironic, iconic, Christmas status.
Moving into the animated world of the Simpsons, one character that is famous for his rather frumpy green knitwear is Ned Flanders. His green jumper is a very memorable piece of fashion wear from the hit 90s show.
Though these examples of mens jumpers are hardly great choices for a modern man’s serious wardrobe, they are proof of the enduring staying power of one of the most versatile pieces of men’s clothing, the common jumper.
Sean Burke writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.