The Cricket Jumper

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Spring has most definitely sprung: though the trees are bare, the ladies legs are too.

It was 20 degrees at the weekend. People were lounging in the parks, seeking ice creams and shade. The snows of February seem impossible on such days. As undressed as Mother Nature still is, Spring’s Opening Party has already happened. However, as is often the case, the over eager tend to run before walking. Instead of dressing for a warm spring day, people were dressed for an August Bank Holiday.

While it was certainly warm enough at midday for such a sartorial ‘light touch’, by five o clock in the evening – when many were standing outside public houses, absorbing the last of the sun’s rays – it had ceased to be sufficiently balmy and after the sun had disappeared, it became distinctly chilly. The perfect weather, I thought, for the cricket jumper.

As an item of ‘sportswear’, purists consider that cricket jumpers are not considered appropriate for a gentleman, unless he should happen to be coerced to participate in a charity match on the village green or, if so required, to keep him warm before the next mixed doubles. However, I am not a purist; I happen to think that cricket jumpers are one of the most useful items in the spring wardrobe.

The most common design of cricket jumper includes a coloured chevron; the original purpose of this was, and still is, to denote the cricket club of the wearer. However, most of the fashion designs seen today have little relevance to any particular cricket team; Ralph Lauren often produces a ‘neutral’ chevron design of navy blue, but be sure to get one without the ubiquitous Polo embroidered logo.

It is possible to get plain cricket jumpers – without the coloured chevron – although these are rarer and sometimes have to be resourced in school outfitters. This design, though undoubtedly more subtle, lends a more aristocratic feel to the jumper – think Anthony Andrews as Lord Sebastian Flyte – and the lack of a multi-colour punctuation on the v-neck means it is ever so slightly more adaptable.

Worn with a pair of khaki or cream chinos, a creamy white shirt and a pair of chestnut brogues, a gentleman will look the picture of the season. However, the jumper will also smarten up a casual ensemble – jeans and deck shoes – far better than a generic sweatshirt and will add a sporty dynamic that a professorial cardigan could never muster.


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Winston Chesterfield is an amateur composer, fashion blogger, trained lawyer and style aficionado. He lives in Westminster, London and blogs at www.levraiwinston.com.

Comments

  1. Christopher says:

    I can honestly say that I don’t have any Cricket Jumpers in my wardrobe, not because its a bad look. It caught my eye that’s for sure but because I’ve just never seen them worn with any frequency here in the states.

    Its definitely an overseas look. Over here I see a lot more fisherman’s sweaters with shawl collar and usually in navy or cream.

    Lots of thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Christopher
    The-approach.org

  2. Harry Ward says:

    Winston, huge advocate of your blogs, and utterly agree with you on this idea, however I fell compelled to point out that they are called sweaters. you may say this is pedantry in the extreme, however I feel as strongly on this point, as you would on a dinner jacket with no bow-tie.