The Cuddly Jumper That Does More

Girl and bear

Temperatures are dipping, there’s no doubt about it. If you’re anything like me arriving home after a day of work, taking your shoes off is closely followed by hot-footing it into the cosiest jumper you own (or indeed, your pyjamas). It signals the end of the day, a time to relax and kick back. That jumper/sweater/hoody or cardigan is the simplest of comforts, but comforting it certainly is.

Could it be that what we wear can give us a hug? A cuddle from cloth? Friends know when I’m not feeling 100% because I’ll be in my jeans and hoody rather than anything that requires more effort. When you’re at home, you don’t have to worry about impressing others or being suitably dressed for work, you just want to be warm and comfortable. For me, the most huggable jumpers are made organic cotton fleece, baggy enough to hide a hot water bottle under (if desired) but not so loose it falls off your shoulders. As nice wool cable knit is another favourite, sturdy and durable, it has looked after me for years.

Blanket sofa

We keep hold of our favourite jumpers season after season, stained with spag bol or pizza from hours spent refusing to move off the sofa. We leave mascara stains on the sleeves after a break up and refuse to throw them out when the hems start to fray. These are the jumpers that provide security after hearing bad news and comfort on days off. They’re the jumpers we’ve leant to friends after an impromptu night out and the jumpers we’ve worn to the airport in the middle of the night. They’re our hangover hoodies and sick-day sweaters. They’re always there when we need them. Except when they’re in the wash.

Clothing can offer so much more than warmth or style, they can provide comfort and security (and not just from a high vis). We become attached to pieces because of what they represent and how they make us feel. This is the good side of materialism, a sense that the material matters and we should care for it as it cares for us. So enjoy your snuggly days this winter and let your favourite jumper prompt a little smile every time you pop it on.

Emma Waight