The black crew jumper is probably one of the most useful items of clothing you will own, yet finding the perfect one is trickier than you might expect. I have an old J Crew Tippi that I have worn to death, but it has seen better days and the Tippi sweaters are quite thin, so I have been looking for something a little warmer. I do have a black lambswool jumper from Hush, but it is a few years old now and I think I may have shrunk it slightly in the wash. As you know, I am a big fan of cashmere, so I have focussed my search on merino and cashmere. I want something that isn’t too fitted, but also isn’t too slouchy. And plain. No stars, no patches, just a plain, good quality black crew neck jumper. Not too much to ask is it?!
Here’s what I have found so far…
Black Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper – Boden £99.50
I have always bought cashmere jumpers for my husband from Boden and the quality is very good. This one is under a hundred (good price for cashmere) but I am not 100% that the fit works for me. Unless of course I size up. I love Boden’s review system. I always read the reviews before I buy and after 132 reviews this jumper gets an impressive 86% who would refer to a friend. This one might be worth trying on.
Black Crew Cashmere – Marks and Spencer – £75
Marks and Spencer cashmere is usually very good value for money. Again, it’s quite a clingy fit, but it would be worth trying one or two sizes up. This has also been reviewed and gets 88% of the 449 reviewers saying yes.
&Otherstories – £35 – Buy here
I love the fit of this jumper, but it is not made from natural fibres, (hence the price) and so I don’t think it would wash well. A shame because it’s the kind of fit I am looking for.
Gap 100% Merino Crew Neck – Now £23.97 – Buy Here
This is from the men’s department, but I think it could be a really clever buy. 100% merino, a great price and could be a great fit if you get the sizing right. I am thinking of buying an extra small in this. I often forget about GAP but they do basics really well.
Jigsaw Cashmere – Now £68 – Buy here
Me + Em – The Perfect Button Cuff Crew – £75 – Buy here
You can’t beat Me + Em for high quality, timeless basics. This jumper has really lovely button detail on the cuffs and 100% merino.
J Crew Cashmere Jumper – £200 – Buy here
This is my favourite in terms of fit. Of course it would be the most expensive. Sadly beyond my budget at the moment, but it would be a great investment.
For simple, paired back elegance, wear yours with your favourite blue jeans and loafers. It’s also the perfect item to wear with a statement skirt. Layer under it under a blazer or an oversized cardi, over a shirt, or with a little frill peeping out. It’s a timeless item, so if you can, invest.
Here are a few ideas of how to style. (All images via Pinterest)
Do you have a favourite black crew that you love? If so, please let me know where it’s from!