Those who know me know that I have a serious love for fashion and statement pieces. Style is deeply personal and is a very special way to express ourselves. Although, I cannot profess to be a history buff, I enjoy finding out where different designs originated. Today I am combining both of these passions to write about one of my favorite trends of the season: the jumper.
When I saw jumpers on the runway and realized they were labeled as “trend”, I smiled. Is this wardrobe staple ever out of style? I’ve been a fan of jumpers for as long as I can remember and every year I try to find several of them for the season. The thing about jumpers is that they are a quick fix. It’s one piece and you are done. Feminine, whimsical, stylish and empowering, jumpers are a great way to look chic instantly (i.e., perfect for busy mom’s on-the-go) and also allow so much room for aforementioned self-expression. I often see them as a blank canvas and have been known to add bold jewelry to a basic cut or a bright cropped jacket to one in a neutral shade.
Jumpers have an interesting history. The first-ever jumper was designed by a Florentine artist named Thayat who designed it for skydivers and parachuters in 1919. A few years later, forward-thinking designers such as Coco Chanel and Jean Pateau introduced fun, functional and flattering interpretations in their sportswear in the lines. Pateau created the most buzz when he dressed Champion Tennis Player who dazzled crowds in his designs on the court. In the decades to follow, the style took on more sophisticated shapes and was offered in a wide variety of fabrics and textures. Tweed, silk, denim to name a few. Today it continues to evolve, and it’s still one of my go-to pieces when I want to get ready in a pinch.
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