The essential addition to any winter wardrobe? A few hard-working pieces of knitwear. From fine to chunky, we’ve handpicked the best items to see you from sunny autumn days through to the chilly winter months. See, knitwear is anything but boring.
The fine knit base
Lightweight and modern, a fine knit is an essential. And this one, spun from the wool of Merino sheep, cleverly regulates temperature. Air pockets in the fibres store body heat, making it insulating, while the breathable fabric can also disperse heat. Genius.
Wear it alone on warmer days, then use as a base layer when the cold really sets in. For now, couple with chinos and loafers for an alternative office look, or dress down with jeans and trainers for easy weekend wear.
The Merino cardi
Sumptuous Merino wool and the uber-cool cardigan shape join forces in this grey piece. The cardigan, said to have gained its name from the 7th Earl of Cardigan, Lieutenant General James Brudenell, who led his troops in the Crimean War’s infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in knitted sweater-coat garments, is having something of a resurgence.
Nowadays the style can be effortlessly teamed with relaxed-fit jeans, boots and a bold tee to channel a confident and slightly Indie vibe. Try a cardigan instead of a blazer for work, or wear in place of a waistcoat with your suit for a more relaxed formal look.
The cotton crew
For that temperature middle ground, opt for a cotton crew neck. Taking its name from the shirts men wore on ships, the crew neck is traditionally considered more casual than a V-neck. But today, a slim fitting crew can easily translate into workwear by layering a shirt underneath, with the collar simply tucked inside the jumper.
Providing warmth over a tee but thin enough to layer under your favourite jacket, a cotton jumper means options aplenty. For the weekend, pair with a bomber, denim and comfy sneakers.
The wool go-to
Get warmth without the weight thanks to a sumptuous lambswool crew neck. This classic neutral will never date and always work when paired with a check shirt, cord trousers and smart-casual trainers.
There’s also something very gentlemanly about a wool jumper, making it the perfect styling prop. When not needed, simply sling it over your shoulders for that nonchalant air of sophistication.
The chunky cable knit
Harking back to the turn of the 19th century, when Irish fishermen hand-knitted their own jumpers, the cable knit has an intrinsically timeless appeal. So much so that it has dressed cricketers, the Ivy League set and many a classic film star (think Robert Redford in that cream polo neck).
Perfect paired with a roll neck underneath for extra warmth, a rich burgundy works wonders for a smart evening look. Simultaneously simple and luxurious, a thick cable knit deserves a place in every man’s wardrobe.