There’s nothing wrong with your humble, uber-comfortable navy cable knit jumper — but mix up your knitwear game with these alternatives this winter.
A conservative option that never goes out of style. The standard crew neck can be work with jeans, chinos or suit trousers, over a suit and tie or with a T-shirt on the weekend. Save thicker weaves for a casual environment rather than a blazer — a subtle, thin waffle knit goes better if you want to add some texture to formalwear. Same story with colour — neutrals (navy, grey, black) work better in the office but textured numbers with a pop of colour make a statement outside it.
Knitwear is a key component of that classic American Ivy League look, especially thick cricket-inspired sweaters with colour around the hem, often now with on-trend patches and badges. The shawl collar on a cable knit fleece creates a striking silhouette paired with a jacket, or a chunkier preppy pullover can stand alone as your other layer.
The Wiggles aren’t the only men rocking skivvies anymore, with the 1970s favourite making a comeback this winter. The super-warm roll neck has to be made of a fine wool weave that works well with a jacket in a smart-casual outfit, replacing the conventional shirt and tie, or even with a cardigan over the top for a bold knit-on-knit ensemble.
No longer the preserve of university professors and grandfathers now that the old-fashioned cardigan has found its way into the wardrobes of younger men in recent seasons. A thinner cardy can replace a button-down in semi-formal environments, while experiments with texture (cable knit, honeycomb, saxon braids) and colour can break up your otherwise neutral winter casual wear, especially when worn beneath a heavier jacket.
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you don’t get the joy of donning an ugly Christmas sweater in December — so this is the time of year to mix it up with a fun novelty jumper, especially with a contemporary oversized fit. Find a kitsch print, an out-there pop-culture graphic, lashings of colour, or rock a reindeer-style sweater for a taste of Christmas in July.
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