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7 awesome movies that helped spark the custom knit sweater renaissance

Custom knit sweaters have been around since forever, but surely we aren't the only ones to notice they are back in style in a big way?

Now, we're not going to go down the road of exploring what was going through the head of whoever decided to shear a sheep and wear its wool. Because that's a rabbit hole we've gone down too many times already, and it's probably better if we just focus on what that brave trailblazer has left us.

Whether you go for the classic Aran sweater, a gloriously tacky custom Christmas sweater or a casual buttoned-up look, you pretty much can't go wrong. It's a timeless look that's as comfy as it is practical, and you would be surprised how much crap a knit sweater can stand up to.

Hollywood has obviously taken notice, and it's been a long time coming that we finally pay homage to those who have been paving the way. We don't even need to rely on wool anymore, as fabrics like nylon hit the same sweet spots.

You don't even need a special occasion to wear one, especially when it's a custom made sweater. In the wise words of the esteemed Spongebob Squarepants, the best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time.

When Harry Met Sally

A diamond by name and a diamond by nature, Billy Crystal always managed to be cool and loveable without ever really seeming to try very hard. In this classic romantic comedy, both he and Meg Ryan showed the world how awesome you can look whilst decked out in a knit sweater.

Hat's off to Billy in particular, just take a look at the pure puffiness of his sweater. You can bet your bottom dollar that he's in a whole other world of comfort that other sweaters could only dream of achieving. Woe betide the person who puts this bad boy in the washing machine with the dark wash!

It has to be said as well that Meg Ryan looks amazing absolutely 100% of the time. 

The Big Lewbowski

You didn't think we would have a conversation about knitted sweaters and not bring up The Dude? An icon in every sense of the word, it's only right that someone who's got it all figured out would make the right outfit choice.

There was a time when a something like that would have been branded as an ugly sweater design. Thankfully those days are behind us, and we can instead bask in the glory of The Dude's wonderful weave.

And if you don't agree, you know that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Knives Out

Hats off to you Chris Evans. Just when everyone thought playing the part of one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, he goes ahead and pulls this simply outstanding knit sweater out of the bag.

A sweater like this one is something you can take with you everywhere, so think of it as a gift that keeps on giving. Whether you're checking out the local country club or arguing with your siblings about who should inherit your father's millions, you'll always look the part!

It's as classic as it gets. It's worth addressing the fact Evans would probably look like a superstar wearing a garbage bag coated in cat hair, but he seriously nailed this look.

Bonnie & Clyde

The only thing that even comes close to how iconic these bank robbing lovers have become is the effortlessly stunning knit sweater Faye Dunaway's Bonnie Parker dons in the movie. More than 50 years after its release, you can't help but think no one else would be able to look this good while playing someone so bad.

I mean, if you're going to be spending your time breaking into banks and running all over the country, you're going to want to wear something comfortable. If you happen to distract potential witnesses by keeping their attention on your glorious knit sweater, all the better!

 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Looking back on it now more than 20 years later, it's a little tricky to understand why Ron was so embarrassed about getting a knitted sweater from his mom. It looks comfy as all hell and you can instantly tell it was made with nothing but love.

It's also a sustainable gift too, because it's clear the Weasleys don't believe in fast fashion. Credit where it's due young master Weasley, the real magic in this movie was certainly with your awesome sweater.

The Chosen One made a pretty good decision with his wardrobe as well, it's got to be said. The casual red sweater he picked out is just as good for fighting immortal wizards as it is strolling an ancient castle.

Scream

There's absolutely nothing scream-inducing about Drew Barrymore's look in this classic slasher flick. Unless of course your reaction to seeing someone wearing a nice knit sweater is to scream, in which case it absolutely is scream inducing.

We bet she still has this sweater somewhere in the closet, and it still looks as good as new. Part of that might be due to her fear of there being a ghost mask-wearing murderer waiting behind it.

It's been like 25 years Drew, we're pretty sure ghost face isn't going to try get you. Get this lovely cream sweater back on and show the world who's boss.

Bridget Jones' Diary

Right so this one is a bit of an outlier in that it is in fact a Christmas sweater (in case the snowman wasn't enough of a giveaway). When this came out in the cinema over 20 years ago, the joke was that Colin Firth was wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

Looking at it now though, it looks like pretty much what everyone wears during the holiday season *now*, doesn't it? It took one brave soldier willing to step up and take one for the team, and what Colin did here made it OK for the rest of us to follow suit.

Kudos to you, Mr Darcy. Long before everyone else started doing it, you knew a gentleman of class can look simply dapper in a well-made custom knit sweater.