Monday, 14 November 2011

Christmas Gift Guide - Boyfriend ♥ Fairisle Clothing

Fairisle patterns and knitwear are a key trend this season, creating a festive feel whilst also promoting comfort and warmth. Below are 6 of the best picks that you can buy on the high street. Read on to hear the views of my boyfriend and get a guys opinion :) As you will notice there is a very strong black and white theme going on. This is because we believe that the majority of the patterns look much better using these colours, and it is easier to make the pieces more appropriate for all different occasions. After all you wouldn't want the pair of you to look like Bridget and Mr Darcy at the Christmas Dinner.

(1) Allsaints - My initial reaction to the Vallo jumper was that it was a bit OTT with so many patterns. However, the girlfriend twisted my arm to try it on. So I thought why not? Once it was on, my opinion changed immediately. It was nicely fitting, and the patterns no longer looked too busy, but instead made the jumper look interesting in a good way. It is a little bit on the pricey side at £90, but as you may have already guessed, I bought it! The only thing to be aware of is that this jumper is a blend of wools and cashmere and as a result is dry clean only, which is a bit of a disappointment.

(2) H&M - This is the closest alternative to the Allsaints jumper which we have been able to find. It is much more reasonably priced at £24.99, although you can feel the price difference in the material as it is no way near as soft. The elbow patches might also not be to every body's preference, but a positive is that it is machine washable making it much easier to wear on a daily basis.

(1) Allsaints - The Loki cardigan is one which I was eager to try on and was hard pushed to leave behind. The pattern makes it much easier to wear at different periods during the year as it is not overly festive and is more a diluted version of the 'Alexi' pattern that Allsaints aficionados may remember from last year. It is very soft and breathable, as it is 100% cotton compared to other itchy wool jumpers. Whilst not being machine washable, you are able to hand-wash it so it is easier to live with than dry clean only alternatives. For those of you who are interested, it is available from Allsaints for £85. The website often sells out of popular sizes, however don't despair as they do get more in, and if you are unwilling to wait, the stores do tend to have a lot more stock available.

(2) New Look - This is a less subtle alternative due to the heavier pattern which is emphasized by the white on black. Never-the-less it is a reasonable compromise as the majority of guys would only wear this in the winter season so being machine washable and available for the lower £22.49 sale price it is a great option. However if you are interested in this cardigan, then I would suggest that you snap it up quickly as it has already been reduced for a sale. 

(1) Topman - This cardigan is probably the nicest in the current range available at Topman. It is on trend without being garish as it doesn't have lots of contrasting colours. It is perhaps for a younger guy as it has a hood, but wouldn't look out of place on somebody in their mid twenties if it was worn with some nice dark jeans and boots. It is 100% acrylic and may therefore not be the softest to the touch, but is machine washable, and is available for £46.

(2) Ark Clothing - This Franklin & Marshall Knit reminds me of the Allsaints patterns as it has similar little hearts to those on the Alexi beanie and snood. It is a little pricey at £74.99 but is machine washable and 80% wool so of a good quality and probably ticks the most boxes out of all of the options displayed here. Personally, I really like this jumper and think it is rather cute. The only thing I would ask you to be aware of if you choose to buy this for your boyfriend is the higher neck line. If he is more broad with a wider neck, then it might feel slightly snug, so make sure you get the right size :)

If you like the fairisle pattern, then make sure to check back for the Boyfriend's 'Fairisle accessories guide' coming up!

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