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Half-zip jumpers and fleeces are no longer just for dads – here are our top knitwear picks

When you think of a half-zip jumper, what image comes to your mind?

Perhaps it’s middle-aged dads keeping warm on the sidelines of a school sports day, or hikers and dog-walkers in functional outerwear.

These days, however, you’d be more likely to see them on Instagram – and high-end designers and high street stores alike are taking notice.

A few years back, half-zip sweaters were the preserve of the comfort-over-style crowd, typically coming in drab colours or sweat-wicking fabrics.

But alongside the rise of the ‘dadcore’ aesthetic – which saw chunky trainers, straight-cut jeans, and cargo shorts going from cringe to cool – the half-zip style is back in a big way.

There are two tricks for rocking one (without looking like you strolled off the moors or out of the bingo hall): introduce surprising cuts and colours into the mix, or go luxe with premium fabrics.

With offbeat fleecy and cashmere and merino options, there’s something for everyone. And given we’re well into the British cold season, you’ll get the added benefit of staying cosy while earning serious style points.

Here are our top picks:

Lorna Pink Alpaca Blend Zip Collar Sweater

Red and pink is the colour combo of the season – and this jumper regularly sells out (Picture: Kitri)

Buy for £95 at Kitri.

Asos Design Half Zip Fleece with Wavy Print

Lean into the Y2K trend in this bright fleece (Picture: Asos)

Buy for £50 from Asos.

The Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater

The sumptuous Merino wool keeps in warmth, and the Heathered Oat colourway will go with anything (Picture: Everlane)

Buy for £140 from Everlane.

Mango Patch Pocket Zip Neck Jumper

Cropped jumpers are great with high-waisted bottoms, and pockets give this a grown-up feel (Picture: Mango)

Buy for £49.99 from Mango.

Faux fleece zip sweater

Fleecy fabrics bring fun to any outfit (Picture: Monki)

Buy for £18 (on sale) from Monki.

Zip-top rib-knit jumper

Go for a longline cut like this for added drama (Picture: H&M)

Buy for £19.99 from H&M.

Recycled Alpaca Mix Jumper with High Neck

Made from 50% alpaca and 50% recycled polyester, this is a stunning piece that’s also environmentally-friendly (Picture: La Redoute)

Buy for £31.20 (on sale) at La Redoute.

High Neck Stripe Detail Knitted Sweater

Wear the collar on this up, adding edge (Picture: NA-KD)

Buy for £42.95 from NA-KD.

Yale Waffle Zip

The matching shorts – also in comfy waffle knit – are also available (Picture: Reformation)

Buy for £84 from Reformation.

Striped Knit Vest

Sweater vests and half-zip? Double trend alert (Picture: Zara)

Buy for £27.99 from Zara.

UO Mountains Fleece Sweatshirt

A statement print can make a fleece the star of an outfit (Picture: Urban Outfitters)

Buy for £52 from Urban Outfitters.

Beige Zip Neck Cable Knit Jumper

A low-cost piece, which can be thrown on with anything you already own (Picture: Matalan)

Buy for £20 from Matalan.

Half Zip Knitted Jumper

Hardware in the colour of your jewellery can pull everything together (Picture: River Island)

Buy for £38 from River Island.


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