Each knitwear shape serves a useful purpose. Roll necks are key for office, events and smart-casual. Where you would have worn a shirt and tie, swap in a roll neck. Suave and classy, a guy who wears a roll neck is one who knows what he’s doing (trust us).
A crew sweater is the basic that pays off time and time again. From slouchy fits for throwing over jeans to slim cuts for pairing with tailored trousers and chinos, it pays to have several in your arsenal.
The V-neck has survived grandad and professor connotations to come full circle to 2019 when these vibes are exactly the ones we want to channel. A preppy, varsity version will always look cool.
The cardigan, the dark horse of men’s knitwear, is a little grunge, a little geek-chic and we love it. Keep the fit snug so it looks neat done up.
There’s a lot more to fabrics than meets the eye. Cotton is ideal for mild autumnal weather as it’s super breathable; merino wool regulates temperature as air pockets in the fibres store heat - making it insulating - but the breathable fabric also disperses heat; and lambswool is soft, smooth and hypoallergenic. But by far the greatest knit of them all is cashmere, loved for its luxuriously soft, silky feel.
Weaves range from cable knit – a pattern that looks like seafaring ropes, originating from 19th century fisherman – and waffle knit, a textured, grid-like stitch – to basketweave stitch, intarsia, jacquard, bouclé, and crochet.
A simple weave is ideal for work but at the weekends you can go big on texture. You want something that screams comfort – something that’ll pair perfectly with that big glass of wine and a sofa in fact. You deserve a little respite after all.