Shabby Chic takes over the fashion world

Topshop navy rollneck jumper

So, the homeless look makes another appearance! There’s nothing like threadbare knitwear to get you noticed, eh?

Now, this sweater may not look particularly bad in the great scheme of things and you’re right, it’s not.  It’s the principle we take issue with here. Really, what is it about worn-out clothing that appeals so strongly just now? The high street stores seem riddled with bobbly, worn-looking pieces that create the student look on not-so-student prices. Is it a knee-jerk reaction to the recent recession? Because, if so, we should probably be worrying about the fact that these clothes don’t cost any less than the shiny, fresh-from-the box versions. If it’s the distressed look you’re after, we can point you towards a charity shop or five offering much the same effect with a much smaller price tag: but this won’t actually save you any money, no matter how shabby it may appear.

However, if you happen to be a student, and applying for a hardship loan/extra spending money from the ‘rents, this may be exactly the look you need to create…

Knitted navy roll neck jumper, £36 from Topshop.

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