The Army and Navy brand from Howick, which is currently stocked at House of Fraser, is one with a strong and proud British heritage. First founded in 1871 by Army and Navy Officers, the brand has, over the years, expanded and gone from strength to strength, becoming an international success story and offering clothes that are strong on both style and quality, with that mark of heritage which still seems to resonate in the 21st Century.
House of Fraser recently offered my hubby Pete the chance to review a piece from their current menswear ranges that include Label Lab, Criminal and Howick. Pete opted for a jumper from the Army and Navy collection, the Reed Shawl Neck Jumper. This is a jumper that has two great selling points, it is strong on style due to the unusual shawl neckline and button detail, but it is also practical, being a really warm piece to wear.
The jumper comes in a dark green, almost tweed knit that adds to the heritage look and feel of the product, with a knot style button very reminiscent of those found on traditional Arran cardigans. The fit is true to size – Pete wears a medium in this jumper, and has a fair amount of stretch to add to the comfort levels. This can be worn layered over a shirt, or just as a stand alone piece, and looks great teamed with jeans, or cords and desert boots. Although it is a thick jumper, it is not too thick that it cannot be worn under a winter coat when the temperatures begin to plummet.
I think this jumper is a really smart piece that works well for both casual occasions, and also daytime events that call for a slightly smarter look. I have added some pictures below of Pete wearing the jumper for a trip to the theatre to see the panto – I think the jumper is perfectly acceptable for this occasion. Joe is also wearing a shawl collar jumper for this trip.
House of Fraser have a great menswear range that is well worth a look, particularly at the moment as the New Year sale continues. Check out the current ranges here.