This Jumper Trend Is 2020's Answer to "Dad" Trainers

There has been something of a resurgence of "ugly" buys in recent years. Dad trainers, which largely started to dominate in 2018, continue to be a strong sartorial vibe right up until summer hits, when the next footwear fixation comes 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 have since become chic layering staples. 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. 


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Whether they're jumpers with zips that stop 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 Ndlovu 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.


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(Image credit: @natashandlovu)


(Image credit: @hannahlewisstylist)

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


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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.