Once the reserve of embarrassing relatives, the Christmas jumper shot to fame in Bridget Jones’ Diary thanks to Mark Darcy’s garish reindeer pullover and is now a seasonal wardrobe staple.

As both a celebration and mockery of the festive season, somewhere along the line Christmas jumpers became cool. From snowmen to santa, reindeers to robins, anything goes and it seems the more outrageous the better. With internet searches for “ugly Christmas jumpers” on the rise, the latest styles are unapologetically tacky, adorned with flashing LED lights, jangly bells and glitter galore. Love them or loathe them, Christmas jumpers are here to stay and celebrities everywhere can’t get enough of them. We take a look at some of our favourite styles and show you how to get the look.

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Shop the Edit: Top to bottom – Red Herring green reindeer jumper, Red Herring navy Fair Isle jumper (coming soon, similar here)Red Herring navy 3D snowman jumper and Red Herring grey Fair Isle Christmas jumper,

Men’s Christmas Jumpers

Channel your inner Mark Darcy with an in-your-face novelty knit such as a reindeer or snowman number, or play it safe with a stylish Fair Isle patterned jumper. We can’t promise you’ll look as hunky as the gorgeous Ryan Gosling or the smoldering Ed Westwick, but you’ll certainly be on the right track!

christmas jumpers

Shop the Edit: Top to bottom Red Herring Elf jumper (available in selected stores), Quiz red penquin jumper and Evans grey motif jumper 

Women’s Christmas Jumpers

Embrace the festive fun with a quirky elf number or for a cute take you can’t go wrong with penguins. We’ve also spotted a trend for slogan Christmas jumpers but if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, you can simply nod to Christmas with a pretty snowflake or Fair Isle style.

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(Images courtesy of pinterest.com, reveal.co.uk)