As is always the way when buying your annual Christmas jumper, choosing your piece de resistance is a minefield of meteoric proportions.
One wrong step could land you in Loserville for eternity (or whenever Frank from Chem commits the next fashion faux-pas). Choose your Christmas jumper with care, it could be the difference between fading into obsolete obscurity or rocketing to the top of the Tiger Tiger guest list.
And, if you don't remember what we told you last year, here are a few revision notes to keep you on your twinkle toes:
The Christmas Casual:
This is a subtle version of The Original (see below). The Christmas Casual doesn't need balls or a self-righteous sense of style to pull off. It can be paired with almost anything and you can even wear it post-Christmas season.
Those who opt for the safe-as-houses Christmas Casual can usually be found being "lads" in the pub after a rugby "sesh", or working behind the till at Hollister.
Loud, unabashed and dazzling, The Original is an absolute cracker, harking back to the bygone era of bouffant hair and brash bomber jackets. Think George Michael, Bananarama and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air in all his high-topped neon glory.
Those sporting The Original can be found slouching in a club corner because they're just too cool to dance - until the Desperados they've been necking kicks in and they take to the floor and start cutting shapes like Carlton.
If you're not ready for The Original, but you want to embrace more festive spirit than the afore-mentioned breed of Christmas Jumper, why not try The InBetweener?
This hybrid knit is perfect for men who are happy to nod to Christmas cheer but don't want to be commit social suicide and dive into The Original. Equally, for the fashion conscious female, The InBetweener nestles perfectly next to high-street fashion with a touch of granny-chic.
Those wearing the InBetweener are likely to be found cooing over the latest Urban Outfitters mannequin or comparing their dip-dye jobs and pretending they look good.
The Teacher's Pet:
You're probably not going to be wearing a Christmas Jumper unless it:
B) Lights up or
C) Has been knitted by someone you know
You have never once had a late assignment and you are the nugget of all knowledge. You're on first name terms with the lecturers and you work part-time in the library. You volunteer for a charity and you don't give a hoot as to what's in fashion. You are in a long-term relationship but you did once snog your co-chair of the politics society in a rare moment of drunken debauchery.
So, ladies and gentlemen, there's the lowdown. If you're not quite sure which category you fall into, how about taking our Which Christmas Jumper Are You quiz?
And, without further ado, here's a selection of some of the creme de la creme of Christmas Jumpers this season:
The Real McCoy
Energetic Reindeer Threesomes and Black Santa How amazing are these?! Erm, yes.. well if you <em>do</em> want to look like them, then it'll cost yer. Energetic Reindeer Threesomes and Black Santa Tribute jumper, both £49.99 from <a href="www.firebox.com">Firebox</a>
*WIN* The Real McCoy
Holidays are coming. Yes they are. Black Coca Cola Holidays Are Coming Truck Sweater £29.99 <a href="http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/mens-black-coca-cola-holidays-are-coming-truck-sweater-p-10213.html?osCsid=16usq5rpuu9p7fd9aoq1n6mge1">TruffleShuffle.co.uk</a>
For the die-hard Crimbo jumper fan If you're <em>really</em> into your Christmas jumpers, why not customise your own? Prices start from £35 <a href="http://roseschristmasjumpers.blogspot.co.uk/">Rose's Christmas Jumpers</a>
Ho ho (oh god no)... Yeah it's nearly £40 but you know, it's obviously a staple for your wardrobe. Santa Outfit Jumper, £39.99, F<a href="www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk">indMeAGift</a>
*WIN* The Inbetweener
This delightful little number from Topshop ticks all the Christmas boxes. Make sure you enter our competition to win it!
The Real McCoy
Yes, it's vintage RokitVintage, from £15
It's a jumper, and it lights up. Unisex Red LED Light Up Christmas Tree Knitted Jumper, £49.99 from Cheesy Christmas Jumpers at <a href="www.truffleshuffle.com">Truffle Shuffle</a>
Yes, we're talking to you. The man slouching in the corner who's dress code is "casual" every day of the year. Well, if you're still intent on doing casual Christmas, then this is one for you. <a href="http://www.bankfashion.co.uk/product/jack-and-jones-isotop-jumper/31519/">Isotop Jumper £45.00, by Jack & Jones at Bank</a>
The Classic Reindeer Everyone loves the classic reindeer. <a href="www.truffleshuffle.com">Unisex Blue Wonderland Knitted Christmas Jumper from Cheesy Christmas Jumpers £34.99</a>
WIN! Erin O'Connors VERY OWN Jumper
Does what it says on the tin. Kindly provided by the lovely people at Save the Children. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/huffingtonpostukstudents?sk=app_313444738699898&state=9553285e31ab1196e344b0c88ff2806c&code=AQBnviRj8zoDeise8Xlo0xjG_8-AnU9UK2qtPkHFWCWBSLWluHOUw25e0LwSTYNIKuNM_gISKDeKghqMlV15LQtidms7JqWcIpEvdWptTGwXVakB-fMEjLymxmdIMcNzRJ0avUZZhlUbVA63_Tv_bFeVdYe9TMTb-Jc_ZxVKumh3R_flh1U-TLqaeLZ6R0oPZIIlXpolWO5CuC_ofM4ORo8o#_=_">Enter here.</a>
This is another for you casual Christmas peeps and one for the wish list The Carina Fairisle Pullover from Musto's 1967 collection, £90 (put it on your wish list)
Elf Yourself Again, we love this. It's a classic. Christmas Elf Jumper, £39.99, <a href="http://www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk/gifts/christmas-elf-jumper.html">FindMeAGift</a>
No wardrobe is complete without the granddad cardi, and, being red, this doubles up as your Christmas number too. Bargain. Fly53 (Soft Shock cardi) available from fly53.com for £65
*WIN IT* Teacher's Pet
Granny chic Laura Ashley, Lambswool Fairisle Knit Jumper, £65
Another corker from Topshop, this time it's the Christmas Polar Bear jumper.
Another for the for the wish list GANT RUGGER Rugger Winter Jacquard Style Code: 85375 £150.00
The Real McCoy
You can still pretend you found it in a charity shop.. it just smells SO much better GANT Lambswool Reindeer Crew Neck Jumper Style Code: 85301 £135.00 <a href="http://www.gant.co.uk/mens-jumpers/green-lambswool-reindeer-crew-neck-jumper/26581">Buy online here</a>
The Real McCoy
Perhaps a bit controversial at the moment... Sesame Street Santa Elmo Sweater from <a href="http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/ladies-sesame-street-santa-elmo-sweater-p-10286.html">TruffleShuffle</a> £29.99
*WIN* Casual Christmas
Another one for you, Christmas Casuals. And, good news is, you can win it too. <a href="http://www.bankfashion.co.uk/product/nanny-state-tenjin-fairisle-jumper/01960/">Nanny State Tenjin Fairisle Jumper £35.00 from Bank.</a>
RokitVintage, from £15
Come on, surely you can stretch to some snowflakes? No? No? Snowflake Jumper, ASOS.com
It's got animals, it's got words, it's got boyfriend fit.. Keep You Warm jumper, River Island