Previously Only Worn By Dads, This Jumper Trend Is Now a Layering Essential

Maxine Eggenberger

There has been something of a resurgence of "ugly" buys this year. Dad trainers, which largely dominated 2018, continued to be a strong sartorial vibe right up until the end of summer when the next footwear fixation came into play: chunky-soled boots.

We've also witnessed the miraculous metamorphosis of knitted tank tops—of a similar ilk to those made famous by Chandler Bing—which has since become a chic layering staple. So yes, "ugly" is no longer off-putting. And while this latest must-have buy isn't quite as iffy as those previously mentioned, it does fall into the same category. 

Whether they're jumpers with zips that stop either halfway or reach all the way down to the hemline (or even the ones your dad used to wear on days out to the beach/to walk the dog/to BBQ in), these items keep cropping up on our Instagram feeds.

From the blogging elite (here's looking at you, Lucy Williams) to London It girls like Natasha Ndvolu and industry insiders like stylist Hannah Lewis, everyone is giving this dad jumper airtime right now. And you know what? While we were initially reserved, we've come to find it not only practical but also incredibly stylish. We particularly like it when those in the know unzip their turtleneck styles to the collarbone and layer any excess, unzipped fabric over the top of their outerwear.

From Acne to & Other Stories, keep scrolling to see and shop our edit of the best zip-up jumpers.


Nanushka Eria Cropped Faux Pearl-Embellished Cardigan (£315)

Arket Pile Half-Zip Jumper (£99)

Weekday Black Selina Zip Sweater (£45)

Topshop Borg Sweatshirt (£25)

Cédric Charlier Ribbed Wool-Blend Cardigan (£545)

Arket Cotton Zipped Cardigan (£79)

Topshop Red Zip Through Knitted Jumper (£35)

Nili Lotan Hester Ribbed Zip Up Jumper (£990)

H&M Rib-Knit Jumper With Collar (£30)

H&M Knitted Jumper (£18)

La Redoute Zip-Up Sweater (£49)

Acne Studios Kelanie Ribbed Wool-Blend Sweater (£370)

COS Boiled Wool Zip Up Sweater (£89)

Isabel Marant Kumba Zip Up Jumper (£510)

COS Zip Up Organic Cotton Jumper (£59)

& Other Stories Faux Shearling Jumper (£59)

Mango Contrasting Knit Sweater (£50)

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