Honcho-SFX Christmas Jumper Review

It’s getting really cold as we set into the core of winter and Christmas is approaching. It never fails to surprise me how fast December goes by, but here we are with less than two week until Christmas!

As a general rule, I purchase a lot of fandom themed merchandise and something that is becoming increasingly popular this year is fandom Christmas jumpers. So I decided to jump on this bandwagon and get myself a Frozen Christmas jumper from Honcho-SFX.com, a website that sells fandom apparel and accessories. I haven’t ever bought a product like this before, as usually I would opt for a t-shirt, but this presented me with a refreshing change.

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First of all, I’d like to mention the shipping. I was pleasantly surprised to receive my order within three days. As a consumer that buys products online frequently, I can say without doubt that for this kind of item, I usually would expect it to have arrived a week later than it did. On top of this, the shipping is free in the UK, I think I speak for most Internet shoppers when I say that in most cases, free shipping takes the longest.

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Stitching and detail before washing

I was surprised that on the website a size 12 is classified as a ‘large’ as opposed to the usually classification of ‘medium’ for this size, however I found that the sizing worked well for this product. I say this because I purchased a size 12, a size I would usually get for t-shirts and I anticipated it being too small, but it was actually a very comfortable fit. It was baggier than I expected, which works well for this sort of product.

The quality of the jumper is nothing short of excellent and I say that with complete conviction. The item was exactly as pictured on the website, with the glitter snowflake detail and print. It was relatively warm with just a vest top underneath it. I was worried that the glitter would come off in the wash, but to my surprise it stayed intact in a cold wash (as specified in the care instructions).

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Detail after washing

Priced at £25.99, it’s not too expensive and for a product of this calibre, one would usually pay a lot more. Fandom t-shirts are often priced at around £15-£25 for a good quality product that won’t wash , as this is a jumper I would expect it to be this price in comparison.

Overall, I was very pleased with this product and although it is no longer available on the website, I would recommend buying a Christmas jumper from Honcho-SFX as the quality and service I received was brilliant.

See their range of Christmas jumpers here.

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Challenging Gender Constructs in Society

Why stick to gender norms in pop culture? What you wear is nobody else’s business, so why is it such a huge thing and why are so many negative stereotypes attached to what you wear?

This isn’t something I’d usually post about, but it’s such an important subject and is more relevant to media and pop culture than most things. I’d like to tell you a story, something that affects me and could well affect you. While I’m mainly talking about the female gender here, this counts for boys and whatever you identify as too! #GenderEquality

I am happy being female and I don’t at all question my gender, however, I feel that girls clothes are restrictive, what with popular culture depicting women as mainly skinny. Plus the fact that I’m short and not exactly slim means that any jeans are especially hard to find. So sometimes I’ll wear a guy’s hoodie or something, because I feel more comfortable.

Things like that I can away with, but there are some things I always felt I couldn’t wear.  One of these things is ties. I love ties. I own loads of them but I don’t have the confidence to wear them to college out of fear of what people will say. Last Wednesday however, I finally wore a tie outside.

My Tie Selfie

My Tie Selfie

This came about by me posting in a group I’m in on Facebook called StarKid Fans Unite. I found that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to wear a tie, so some other members and I decided to band together and all wear ties on that day. They say strength comes in numbers and now I know just how true it is.

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Jessica’s Tie Selfie

TIE Emma Bates

Emma’s Tie Selfie

And yes, people did have things to say about my gender, but I am comfortable being who I am: a tie wearing female. I understand that it is hard not to take other people’s opinions to heart, but you must remember that what other’s think is not your fault in any way. If people are concerned about what you wear, something that doesn’t affect them in any way, that is their problem. And that goes for any of your lifestyle choices that are solely your own.

You don’t have to bend to social constructs; you are an individual, embrace who you are! I hope this article aids in helping to diffuse these constructs and if you have your own story to share, please leave it in the comments or tweet me, I’d love to hear them! Whatever the world throws at you, the best thing you can do is stay you, because you are awesome.