Everyone’s Going Nuts Over Chris Evans’ Knives Out Sweater
There are plenty of things to like about Rian Johnson’s new detective caper, Knives Out. The first, naturally, is Daniel Craig’s surprisingly brilliant comic turn (who knew Bond could do jokes?), the second is the fact it isn’t a sequel or a spin-off. The third? Chris Evans’ Aran sweater.
Worn by the Captain America actor in a number of pivotal scenes in Knives Out, it’s a chunky, creamy, wintery piece of knitted joy and it’s currently setting the Twittersphere ablaze.
“Before I saw @KnivesOut I thought the sexiest garment a man could wear was a Henley or possibly a button down with the sleeves rolled up but then I saw Chris Evans in that cable knit sweater and I was changed," said @anoldharmonica. “The only thing I will say about Knives Out is that, upon seeing Chris Evans in a sweater, the girl next to me gasped and said very softly and tenderly, ‘Sweater’” said @annalikestweets.
Even the film’s own dedicated Twitter account is getting in on the action, changing its name from @Knivesout to “Chris Evans’ Sweater Stan Account”.
But why is everyone going so nuts, sorry “stanning” (forgive me, I’m over 30 and read books) over a sweater? The short answer is that people really love handsome, famous men wearing nice, relatively basic clothes. You need only look at all the old photos of Steve McQueen in leather jackets and James Dean in rollnecks, which surface time and again (on websites such as this) as references of “timeless style”, for proof.
It’s also, in fairness, a very nice sweater. And he looks very warm. And wholesome. And quite Christmassy. All points that, given we’re currently knee deep in the festive season, could be seen - by more cynical writers than I - as a clever spot of targeted style signalling from the Lionsgate (who distributed the film) marketing department.
So what defines an Aran jumper? Made on the Isle Of Aran, off the west coast of Ireland, the style always features cabling down the front, a crewneck fit and an off-white hue, just like Evans’. Other famous Aran wearers include Robert Pattinson, Elvis and, of course, Steve McQueen. And though Aran knits can be found at most menswear brands, the best and originals are to be found at homegrown brands Inis Meáin and Peregrine.