A chunky knit is the clothing equivalent of comfort food. It’s what you need when you’re leaving for work and it’s still dark, or if you’re fighting off a cold and still have to walk the dog. It’s the item that carries you through the weekend, from supermarket aisles to Sunday lunch, and what you throw on at work when it’s your turn to do the office coffee run. Chunky knits always have a place this time of year, but this time around they’re also a fashion trend, multiplying the selection several times over.

A good chunky jumper needs to be warm, first and foremost. And despite the multi-ply knit, it should be flattering. Most knits must be washed by hand or dry cleaned, so anything machine washable deserves major bonus points. And while there are some black and grey options here, remember that knitwear is a great way to add some colour to a jeans and T-shirt uniform.

We tried a broad selection of heavy knits, made from a variety of yarns, on three very different body shapes, but we were surprisingly aligned in our verdicts.

Mango Chunky Knit Sweater: £39.99, Mango

We loved the cheery hue of this slouchy acrylic-polyester Mango jumper, which we can see ourselves wearing over and over again. The slight mock neck, vertical ribbing and dropped shoulder seams made for a flattering fit that skimmed over our less-than-perfect post-Christmas bodies. And the best part? It’s under £40.

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Ganni Juillard Striped Mohair And Wool-Blend Sweater: £380, net-a-porter.com

Danish brand Ganni has been killing it with knitwear lately, and its jumpers are regularly worn by influencers and models. This cropped style with balloon sleeves and oversized ribbing at the neck references the kind of hand-knitted jumpers we wore as children.

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The Kooples Rib-Knit Hoodie: £185, thekooples.co.uk

This youthful, hoodie-style take on the chunky knit was popular for several reasons: the vertical ribbing, the square, cropped shape and the smooth, non-itchy cotton yarn. We liked it best worn over a fitted, longline T-shirt and skinny jeans.

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I Love Mr Mittens Cable Knit Sweater: £370, farfetch.com

Australian brand I Love Mr Mittens specialises in chunky knits, and this oversized wool jumper is a favourite from the current collection. We love the generous proportions and antique rose hue, as well as the original cable patterns. It’s pricey, but there are currently a few on sale at Farfetch.

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Kitri Leith Burgundy Sweater: £42 (reduced from £145), kitristudio.com

Kitri is best known for its sellout dresses, but the brand does some fantastic knitwear too. The Leith sweater proved to be surprisingly versatile – the burgundy hue is understated, yet the pom-pom details lend an element of fun. It’s also machine washable at 40C.

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Rag & Bone Arizona Crew: £290, rag-bone.com

This was the most fitted of the chunky knits we tried, making it perfect for layering beneath tailored blazers or coats. It’s smart enough for the office and cool enough for cocktails. Wear with a pencil skirt and high-heel boots for a polished winter look.

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Masscob Real Wool And Cashmere Blend Sweater: £250, matchesfashion.com

Spanish brand Masscob’s latest collection features this periwinkle blue number which is slouchy enough to feel cosy and fitted enough to layer easily under a blazer or coat. The cashmere blend feels ultra-soft and luxurious too. It’s on the expensive side, but a good investment.

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Cos Oversized Wool-Knit Jumper: £69, Cos

This oversized style felt so cosy, we didn’t want to take it off. The grey is lifted by subtle flecks of colour, and we loved the half-cardigan stitch detail on the back. Balance the voluminous shape and texture by wearing it with a miniskirt or leather leggings. 

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Wool Blend Chunky Knit Sweater: £79, & Other Stories

This fuzzy mohair and wool jumper is a nice play on proportions with its cropped length, dropped shoulders and oversized ribbing at the collar, hem and cuffs. It feels super lightweight to wear and it’s just the right expensive-looking shade of beige, though it comes in plenty of other colours too.

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All Saints Gemini Jumper: £128, All Saints

We loved the muted pink of this jumper, and its subtle metallic shine will carry you from the coffee run to cocktails. The fit is oversized, but we still preferred a size larger than usual. We liked it best tucked it into our trousers at the front a la Queer Eye’s Tan France.

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The verdict: Women's chunky knit jumpers

All three of our testers had a different favourite, but we ultimately agreed that the Mango jumper had the edge because the colour was so uplifting and the price so reasonable.

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