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Womens crew neck jumpers are pullovers with circular necklines that fit closely around the collar bone. The necklines are generally sewn onto the jumpers, and if the jumpers happen to be knit or woven, the necklines tend to be ribbed. For crochet jumpers, the necklines may be part of the weave. Crew necklines were the first to feature buttons, and the iconic crewneck is, without a doubt, the US Navy undershirt. Navy men would expose their crew neck shirts when on leave, but it was only when rowing and other sportsmen started wearing this type of neckline that the jumper's neckline was christened 'crew'. The ladies started wearing them only recently, when feminist movements turned the jumper into a unisex type of clothing.
Once made only of itchy, tight and stuffy wool, the womens crew neck jumpers we now order online are made of so many types of yarns and fabrics, that we're spoilt for choice. Ladies looking for hard-wearing fibres could look into alpaca, merino, lambswool, mohair, Shetland, angora and cashmere, but those prone to allergies should steer clear of these knitted or woven jumpers. Children are also advised to wear other types of yarns, particularly as natural fibres don't fare well when washed at the kind of temperatures that eliminate germs and allergens. Fashionable ladies who don't mind wearing jumpers that may not last them a lifetime, but prefer to renew their wardrobes with each new season instead, could look into synthetic blends, linen, cotton or even delicate silk or chiffon jumpers.
As with most other types of clothing, womens crew neck jumpers look their best when they're right for the body shape. A jumper dress would suit shorter or plumper ladies beautifully, while the traditional Guernsey jumper looks best on an hourglass shape. Slouchey jumpers tend to suit all ladies indiscriminately, while kimono-like, half-sleeved or blouse sleeved ones will make the arms look shorter. The type of weave is also very important. Chunky knits will look much better on a slim, hourglass shaped lady than it would on an apple or pear-shaped one. Cable knits, moss stitches and textured jumpers are usually quite flattering, but the most slimming ones are undoubtedly crochet or light and airy weaves, be they designer brands or mass-produced. As usual, the bottom hem of a jumper will draw attention to the specific area of the body it fall on, so it's best for the jumper to extend to whichever of the waist, hip, thigh or calf that it is we're proudest of.
When it comes to colours and patterns, darker tones are obviously more flattering to most ladies, unless they are particularly slender. Colour block prints are en vogue as well, and they serve us best when the darker blocks of colour fall on areas we'd like to conceal, while the lighter colour tones cover body parts we'd like to emphasise. Stripes have always been a touchy subject, and it's horizontal stripes that are the most problematic, because the visual effect they create is strong. An argyle print, for instance, is mesmerizing and complex, and so a jumper with this pattern stands out for its lines, angles and colours. With horizontal stripes, the eye can follow the lines easily, and will add volume to them instantly. It's not just the number or colour of the stripes, but also the width and the distance between them, and ladies should take care that the stripes fall on an area of the torso or hip that they want to draw attention to.
Buying womens crew neck jumpers online is a breeze, just as styling them is. As they tend to be worn on chilly days, most women will pair them with a pair of trousers, a blouse or shirt, and a pair of boots. Accessories are not very practical when worn with crew neck jumpers, because they tend to be covered by the neckline and sleeve hems, and can sometimes become entangled in the yarn or even snap off unobserved. Simple chains for necklaces and bracelets are perfect, but even a statement piece can be worn on top of the jumper, preferably with a monochrome one.