M&S Is Doing This French Winter Staple Better Than Anyone Else Right Now

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: As vast as our wardrobes can be, most fashion editors wear the same items on repeat. Like anyone, we settle into a uniform that makes us feel comfortable but also polished. For the office, the first thing I reach for is my favourite jeans—the ones with the ultimate straight-cut leg that hit just below the ankle, my hemline sweet spot—which I'll then pair with a white shirt, oversize blazer, and either chunky loafers or block-heel boots, depending on the forecast. When I'm working from home, it's all about leggings, gold jewellery (for Google Meet calls, naturally) and knitwear. Striped knitwear, to be precise. 



While I don't spend frivolously (my pickiness precedes me and is well-documented in my bi-weekly column), the one item I find hard to resist is striped jumpers. An aspect of their appeal lies in their French roots—Breton stripes aren't as cliché as you might think (in Paris, they're favoured by many impeccable dressers). They're also incredibly versatile and can be thrown on with just about piece and print. Stick to monochrome palettes, and they practically come with a lifetime style guarantee, one that you can match with any other colour.

This brings me to my point: Marks and Spencer, which is tempting me with its edit of excellent striped jumpers right now. Scrolling its new arrivals category this morning, the sheer volume of striped jumpers on offer was staggering. Clearly, they're a hit for the brand this season, and I can see why. Aside from the factors I've laid out above, striped jumpers are having a particular moment right now, as so many influencers are keeping toasty in them, too.

Assuming you're as obsessed with striped jumpers as I am, I've assembled the very best from Marks and Spencer below. Come see.

Shop Marks and Spencer Striped 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 InStyle.co.uk’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.