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Our favourite knitwear-on-screen moments

Our favourite knitwear-on-screen moments

This winter, we’ve been watching more movies than ever. And while it might not be helping our resolution to spend less time looking at screens, it’s certainly provided some much-needed style inspiration, especially where our knitwear is concerned. To celebrate the ultimate cosy garment, we thought we’d honour its most iconic on-screen moments – and scour our site for similar styles so you can put your own spin on these signature looks. Because when it’s time to get outside again, you’ll want to follow the lead of these stylish stars.

Photographed: Peregrine Hudson Aran jumper (£99)

The look

The cable knit, as seen in “When Harry Met Sally” and “Knives Out”.

Why it worked

“There’s a common theme when it comes to spotting the coolest jumpers in Hollywood, and it’s the cable-knit,” says stylist Toby Standing. “And on top of that, it’s usually worn slightly out of context.” The heritage look of a cable-knit has a true country or coastal feel, but when worn in a midtown rom com or in the home of a handsome, rich villain it’s even more of a style statement. 

“It’s all about recontextualising this piece and wearing it with confidence in a contemporary setting. It takes this practical piece out of the workwear trend and into the everyman’s repertoire,” Toby says. 

How to wear it 

The timing is right, as cable-knits are in the middle of a resurgence. “There’s so many around at the moment, and they’re a great way to bring texture into your look without going over the top on pattern and print,” Toby says. 

Styled with sweatpants à la “When Harry Met Sally”, and you’ll create the perfect work-from-home outfit, but you can wear this look with jeans, cords, chinos – whatever mood takes you. Like Chris Evans’ “Knives Out style”? We love this similar style by Peregrine.

The look

The bold coloured jumper, as seen in “Knives Out”.

Why it worked

“Speaking of Chris Evans (hats off to the “Knives Out” costume designer), his bold blue jumper is a striking statement that catches the eye, but is super easy to pull off,” Toby says. This knit, like the outfit as a whole, is simple. But the texture and tone stand out without feeling over the top – especially against the other character’s black suits.

How to wear it

“Wear this look as you see it in the movie,” Toby says. “It has a classic feel, but overall it’s a contemporary fit.” The heritage-style jumper with a ribbed cuff and high neckline feels vintage inspired, but worn with simple grey trousers and white sneakers it really stands out. You can find a similar version available from Shetland Woollen Co.

The look

Graphical knits, as seen in “The Shining” and “The Big Lebowski”

Why it worked

“The Apollo jumper from “The Shining” is an underrated fashion moment,” Toby says. “It has such a unique, hand-made feel to it that’s uniquely childlike, but I’d still love to own it today.” 

The Dude from “The Big Lebowski”, on the other hand, is a cult style leader. These laid-back outfits are the perfect lockdown inspiration – especially The Dude’s graphic-knit cardigan and pyjama bottoms. 

Intarsia knit, which consists of panels that are sewn together and show the same pattern on the inside of the garment, has a naturally vintage edge. “This look is due a big comeback,” Toby says. “Fair Isle and graphic prints have been doing the rounds for a while now, but a graphic knit is a more refined and considered take that brings extra texture to your look.” 

How to wear it 

The best thing about a graphic knit rather than a screen-printed pattern is the delicate texture of the fabric. It instantly lifts the piece, so you could wear your striped knit under a suit where a printed stripe sweater would look out of place. 

Introduce some childhood nostalgia to your knitwear with this jumper from Kapital, or if The Dude is more your thing, you can go for a chunky knitted cardigan, or a more refined argyle pattern depending on the weather. “Get ahead of the curve and give your look a vintage edge – you’ll thank us later,” Toby says.

Photographed: MVP Roll Neck Jumper (£50)

The look

The chunky rollneck, as seen in “Dunkirk”, “Last Black Man in San Francisco”, and “The Shining” (again).

Why it worked

“As GQ said: the best thing about “Dunkirk” is the sweaters,” Toby says. The chunky rollneck lends itself perfectly to seasonal colours that make your look feel simultaneously cosy and moody. “The ribbed knit and strong silhouette feel dynamic and flattering on most people. It accentuates jawline, and still works with other layers on top,” Toby says. 

How to wear it

“The rollneck is so wearable that, like the cable-knit, you can throw it on with anything – even your sweatpants,” Toby says. For a workwear edge, wear it with a sturdy pair of selvedge denim jeans, a smart overcoat or mac, and a pair of chunky boots. It’s as versatile as a crewneck sweater, just more interesting. You can find a similar style by MVP here.

The look

The contrast ringer knit, or ‘everything Steve McQueen wears in “The Thomas Crown Affair”’.

Why it worked

The ringer-style top, with its slightly vintage, slightly sporty feel is having a moment. Defined by contrasting trims on the neckline and sleeves, it translates perfectly to knitwear as this jumper by Reiss demonstrates. 

“As proven by Steve McQueen, a ringer knit an easy way to add colour and interest without feeling too attention-grabbing,” Toby says. From his blue thin-knit sweater to his brown paneled cardigan, the looks in this film offer a lesson in how a simple look can still make a statement.

How to wear it

“This is the perfect jumper to wear in transitional seasons,” Toby says. “From late February into March, a lighter knit will be the ideal layer to provide just the right amount of warmth without overheating.”


Words: Ella White
Styling: Toby Standing