Ranked: Pablo Escobar’s jumpers from Narcos
James R | On 25, Sep 2016
There are a lot of good things about Netflix’s Narcos. The intimidating presence of Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar. The violence. The music. The deliberate use of Murphy’s voiceover to draw you back for one more episode. But the best thing by far about the drug-trafficking drama? The jumpers. Specifically, Pablo Escobar’s jumpers.
That’s right, baby. If you want to know the kind of man you’re dealing with, take a look at his wardrobe. After a parade of floral shirts and bright polo necks during his rise to power, Colombia’s most famous crime lord doesn’t go for sharp suits or a trenchcoat to express his authority. Oh no. He chooses the most uncool piece of attire possible in the 1980s, 90s or 2000s: the humble jumper.
So, in honour of Pablo and his threateningly unthreatening fashion sense, we’ve ranked Pablo Escobar’s Narcos jumpers, from worst to best.
4. Club Pablo
It takes balls to kill a man. It takes even more balls to do it while wearing a pullover with a naff logo on it.
3. El Golf
The original and best, this is a copy of the jumper that Pablo actually wore in real life – because the only thing cooler than a golf jumper is a golf jumper in Spanish. Fuego? Muy fuego.
2. Anchor Man
Who’s your port in a storm? Uncle Pablo. He’ll weigh in and keep you steady. With guns. That’s what we call a strong jumper game.
1. Pablo’s Favourite
Keeping with the nautical theme, this is the jumper that Wagner Moura singled out in an interview with GQ as his favourite.
“I kept it. It’s the pullover he used in the last season, the first season, with the knotted rope on it. Oh man, it’s the ugliest outfit ever, it’s almost like a kids’ jumper, so I kept that one. I have that,” he said.
Sure enough, it’s the only jumper that Pablo wears twice in Narcos – we see that rope logo once in the first season and again in the opening episode of Season 2. It’s ok, the jumper tells us. Pablo’s back. And his taste in clothes is no better.
Inevitably, there are already replica jumpers popping up on Etsy and more for Narcos fans to walk around like Pablo Escobar in their own day-to-day lives, not giving a bobbly sweater about what anyone else thinks.
There’s a neat bit of symbolism to be found in this jumper too, as the rope on it is a handcuff knot – a knot that, using the two loose ends, can be tightened, slowly, preventing the thing tied up in it from escaping. Like handcuffs.
Or, you know, it’s just a rubbish jumper.
Which is your favourite?