It seems to be accepted fact that the tail end of winter in the northern hemisphere is one of the bleaker periods of the year. The return of the commute, packed gyms, swiftly broken resolutions… we should just accept our fate and hang on until spring, right? Wrong. We at MR PORTER believe there is another way. And it’s all about your state of mind.
By labelling January as the most depressing month of the year – and today, “Blue Monday”, the most depressing day in the most depressing month – are we actually wishing it into being? Instead, muster every ounce of good humour you have and face the coming weeks with open arms. There are snug pubs to be enjoyed, new hobbies to be taken up and sardonic platitudes to be shared between colleagues. Crisp morning runs to be savoured, lazy Sundays with your cuffing-season squeeze to be treasured and, best of all, a whole world of cosy winter clothing still to be explored. And what better way to enliven your new, positive-outlook wardrobe than with a jolly jumper?
This needn’t mean crass and inelegant attire, however. Your serotonin-inducing sweater can be wonderfully stylish, too. Yes, you can be both fashionable and cheerful. Here are three of our favourite brands offering sophisticated high spirits in knitted form. So, go ahead. Dress like dessert this January and let that smile shine through. It only gets better from here.