I love my “Love” jumper. Like me it’s getting a little old now, is a bit frilly around the edges and has definitely seen better days – but I can’t find it in my heart to get rid of it.
However for those of you who might be on the look out for something a little smarter there are two options that I’ve come across. First, there’s this one…
The Hush “Love” jumper (£79). It has great reviews but is only available in limited sizes online. Fear not though, Hush is now stocked in John Lewis where there are slightly more sizes available online and also in store. For anyone interested, its composition is 55% merino wool, 45% cotton. I always like to know the composition of knitwear – more than anything to work out whether it’s worth paying the extra for it.
As a less expensive, but equally lovely option, there’s the GAP “Love” sweater (£27.99) It’s made of 30% merino wool, 45% nylon and 15% acrylic so it has quite a lot less wool in it but equally it’s quite a lot less expensive. And it depends on how it’s going to be worn as to whether that matters so much – next to the skin (in which case less wool may be preferable), as a layering piece (again the amount of wool may not be so relevant for warmth). only on odd occasions (again cost may be a factor). However if it’s something that you’re going to love, wear all the time and want for warmth rather than just because it says “love” on it – then maybe it’s worth paying that bit more.
I would happily wear either of these jumpers with a pleated skirt, a fancy sparkly midi skirt at Christmas time or on a daily basis with jeans or coated skinnies. If the grey GAP one came in black, I would be there like a shot but the grey is a bit too pale for me – as is the one that I’m wearing really but again, I can’t really bring myself to part with it.
Yesterday two friends and I ran the Birmingham half marathon. I don’t think that any of us have ever had to work so hard for a nylon t-shirt, a foil cape and a double decker…..