Every season, there are one or two items that capture the hearts and minds of Instagrammers across the globe. This A/W, one of those items is the famed Ganni Faucher Pullover.
Not sure what I'm talking about? You know that pink or yellow knit with big bell sleeves, a chunky collar and an oversized fit that's suddenly popping up everywhere across the interwebs? Yep, that's the one. Seen on the likes of Camille Charriere, Monikh Dale and the babe that is Liv Purvis, the Faucher Pullover has become a certified must-have and staple for 2017 babe-dom. Available in a series of different colour ways, hand-knitted over the course of three days in Southern Tuscany and dry clean only (that's how you know something is fancy, right?), there's no denying that this is the spectacular knit of the season.
The only problem? This little number comes in at a steep £355, meaning it's way out of budget for most of us mere mortals. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered delving into my Christmas gift fund and sacrificing my family and friend's festive presents (not my own, of course) for the sake of adding it to my wardrobe, but unfortunately my conscience decided to show up at the most inconvenient of times, so for now, I've had to make do with a series of substitutes.
Luckily for me, the high-street has been throwing out a series of seriously good dupes, so at least I'm able to fake it for now. Of course, no amount of £35 not-quite-but-nearly-theres is going to stop us from pining over the real thing, but hey, at least if we wear some dark sunglasses, drink a couple glasses of wine and stand in front of a deceptive changing room mirror, we can pretend we're amongst the elite of the Instagram fashionistas.
Jumper - H&M
Jeans - Topshop
Belt - H&M
Short necklace - Mi Moneda* (use 'chloexmimoneda' for free engraving - v. cute gift idea)
Long necklace - Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery*
Shoes - Zara (£28 ASOS alternatives here)
Bag - X Nihilo* (black version here)
WHAT I'M WEARING
Very rarely do I find myself shopping in the physical sense. I spoke recently about the changing landscape of the blogging and buying online, and a huge part of that for me is how often I shop online versus how rarely I step foot in a shop and actually make it to the till.
H&M is a tough one for me though. They have a stellar online selection but their sizes are notoriously unpredictable, and let's not even get started on how erratic their jeans are (it's said that if you get your sizing right first time, Anna Wintour will appear out of nowhere and acknowledge you with a glance). Having found a few pieces online that I wanted to try on before committing my hard-earned coin to, I wandered into my local store and instantly fell in love with this cornflower blue number. I've only been able to track it down on the US site so far, so if you're UK-based and you do fancy grabbing it for yourself, you'll too have to drag yourself out of the house and into the city. I promise it's worth the journey, though.
Whilst it's not quite as fluffy as the real thing, the chunky collar, blouson sleeves and pointelle pattern do a good job of imitating it, and for someone who is perpetually afraid of injecting regular colour into their wardrobe, the blue isn't too much of a shock to the system.
As per usual I sized up to a medium to give myself a little room for big dinners and menstrual bloating (just being honest with you here, guys), and although you could to go two sizes up if you wanted it super roomy, one size was just about right for tucking into jeans without too much excess fabric or looking like I'd grabbed the last jumper standing from the end of season sale.
Fingers crossed you can track it down if you're as smitten as me, and do let me know if you come across any other Ganni-esque high street jumpers in the meantime; a gal can never have too many chunky knits, right? Happy shopping sweet thangs x