Did You Know There’s 9 Ways To Wear a Dark Jumper?

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Check out this guide on what to wear with dark jumpers so you’ll never have to ponder what to wear with them again. 

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As soon as summer ends we start seeing autumn/winter trends in the shops and once again we realise how many styles of jumpers are on offer. Sleeveless tees are swapped for jumper collections, the perfect item to layer with and keep comfortable in the cold. Be it v-neck, crew neck, polo, ribbed, knitted, thick or thin the options are endless.

We’re likely to choose one or the other depending on the occasion, for example a thin jumper crew neck jumper layered with a shirt for work instead of the thick-knit we’d wear on lazy weekends. With it being A/W season, the colour choices are clearly darker shades, so what can we pair them with to avoid drowning in darkness?

Layers

Jumpers are obviously perfect for layering, but choose the colours wisely. You don’t want to clash or have two bold colours causing unwanted attention. Find colours that complement each other, such as a light grey t-shirt under a dark blue jumper. In this case with darker jumpers, keep the underneath layer a cooler shade – white is always the easy option, but mix it up a bit if you don’t want something as bright and stand out as white. An off white, with a dark red jumper for example, will keep with the dark tones but still add the right amount of brightness.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - The Idle Man T-shirt White | The Idle Man Merino Wool Jumper Blue
SHOP: The Idle Man T-shirt White | The Idle Man Merino Wool Jumper Blue

Stick with a plain under layer if the jumper is patterned or cable knitted, too much pattern will be overwhelming for an outfit. However, with a simple plain jumper, layer with a checked shirt underneath and keep the collar tucked in for a casual look. Similarly, a striped t-shirt, if in complementing colours, under a plain jumper will add pattern to an outfit. It’s especially good to layer with a plain jumper to break up the blocked look from plain top and plain trousers, which can be too bold.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - Bravesoul Longline Check Shirt red | The Idle Man Merino Wool Jumper Black
SHOP: Bravesoul Longline Check Shirt Red | The Idle Man Merino Wool Jumper Black

Layers can be worn over the top of jumpers too. Choose a black jacket to go over a dark jumper, such as a dark plum shade or dark grey. For a smarter over-layer, a longer length coat in beige will complement a dark green or navy jumper. A black bomber or biker jacket will always work well with a thinner style jumper, but ensure that it doesn’t look too bulky.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - J.Crew Camel Coat | Schott Perfecto Biker Jacket | The Idle Man Faux Leather Bomber Jacket
SHOP: Schott Perfecto Biker Jacket | The Idle Man Faux Leather Bomber Jacket

Legwear

When it comes to pairing darker top shades to bottoms, go for a slightly lighter shade or washed effect jean. Grey and faded jeans work well to avoid too much darkness, especially if your jumper is black, go for grey jeans with a lighter shade of t-shirt which breaks up the block colours. Acid washed denim will go great with jumpers in shades of dark red and teal. If you’re trying to smarten up a jumper, then the popular acid jeans look won’t work as well. Go for a simple, plain black jean to create a smarter outfit.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - Nudie Jeans Light Blue | Nudie jeans Black | Levi's Jeans Light Blue
SHOP: Nudie Jeans Light Blue | Nudie Jeans Black | Levi’s Jeans Light Blue

If you prefer chinos to jeans then you’ll be glad to know that they work just as well with dark jumpers. Grey chinos with a dark blue jumper is an ideal daytime look. Classic brown chinos with a dark green jumper will create a smart, casual outfit. Chinos work particularly well with cable knit or patterned jumpers, as they don’t have the faded effect of jeans they will look more blocked with a plain jumper.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Beige | Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Navy | Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Grey
SHOP: Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Beige | Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Navy | Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Grey

Finding the right colours to suit top and bottom layers isn’t difficult with dark jumpers. The masculine shades of dark blue, charcoal and green work with any legwear from light blue denim to dark and faded. Stronger, more statement jumper colours such as red or patterned jumpers will need a more specific bottom layer to suit, go for darker legwear to avoid too much boldness in one outfit.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - The Idle Man Suit Trousers Black | Nudie Raw Denim Jeans Indigo | Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Black
SHOP: The Idle Man Suit Trousers Black | Nudie Raw Denim Jeans Indigo | Dickies Slim Straight Work Pant Black

Formal Or Informal

Jumpers are one of those versatile items that can be dressed up or dressed down. The easiest way to achieve a stylish, formal look is to wear a smart white shirt underneath with the collar out, this will work with the majority of dark jumpers. An example outfit, quick to throw together but with smart results is black trousers with a white shirt tucked in, then your choice of dark jumper, be it plain or patterned. This use of a jumper also adds a bit of colour and personal style to a simple black trousers and white shirt combo which alone won’t make you stand out from the crowd.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - Burberry Red Jumper | The Idle Man White Shirt | The Idle Man Suit Trousers Black
SHOP: The Idle Man White Shirt | The Idle Man Suit Trousers Black

The shirt underneath effect can also be used to create an informal, casual outfit. Take a denim shirt instead of white and this will blend well with most dark coloured jumpers. Keep the collar tucked in for an even more laid back outfit and the shirt hem tucked out from the bottoms to be visible underneath the jumper. Patterned jumpers are usually seen as more casual and informal, particularly with a big brand or logo on the design.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - The Idle Man Denim Shirt | The Idle Man Striped Jumper | Dickies Chinos Beige
SHOP: The Idle Man Denim Shirt | The Idle Man Striped Jumper | Dickies Chinos Beige

Blazers, a formal favourite, can be worn over jumpers if the fit is right. This works best with thinner jumpers so that the comfort and image of the outfit isn’t too bulky. A strong combination is a grey blazer over a dark blue jumper with black jeans, these are complementing colours which show that simplicity works best.

What to Wear With Dark Jumpers - The Idle Man Suit Blazer Grey | Farah Vintage Crew Neck Jumper Navy | Nudie Jeans Black
SHOP: The Idle Man Suit Blazer Grey | Farah Vintage Crew Neck Jumper Navy | Nudie Jeans Black

And On That Note

Wearing a darker coloured jumper isn’t as difficult as you’d first think. Taking into consideration the colour and the situation in which you’ll be wearing the jumper, you can easily pair it with a plethora of items in your wardrobe arsenal.

For a classic, down played look then team a blue jumper with a plain white tee underneath with a pair of black slim legged jeans. This casual look will see you through a casual day out, and, even transition into an evening look with a change of shoes. Or, you can wear a plain or patterned shirt underneath your jumper. This just adds that hint of formality to your look without it being too overboard and in your face.

Trousers are another important factor when thinking about wearing a darker coloured jumper. Don’t go for anything too bright or bold as this will clash with the colour of your jumper and throw your look off completely. Keep the colours subtle and down played for a classic and timeless look this and every season.

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