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No one wants to be sitting next to a sniffling man on the tube or in the office. So, stop trying to extend the summer and face reality – winter is coming. If like us you have been hit by torrential rain over the last few weeks then you may have already unpacked and laundered last years winter clothing. But, for others, you might be caught short or want to upgrade your knitwear.
The adaptability of knitwear is what makes it a foundation in any stylish man’s wardrobe. Whether used as a layering piece or on its own, there is a myriad of choices and options. Handled correctly, you can use a few essential items to keep your outfits fresh all winter. The solution is focusing on colours and materials. Buying colours that work with suits or trouser you already have will make getting ready every day a breeze. We aren’t talking about outlandish patterns or worst still, the dreaded Christmas jumper here. The colour palette needs to be neutral, and if in doubt go for solid colours, as they will always integrate easier. Like with colours, choosing knits in materials that aren’t functional is an error. Examples are big chunky knits that are great for the outdoors, but not as practical for the commute to the office in the city centre. You might look great, like a rugged fisherman heading out to sea on your rig. But sweating profusely on the 8.15 am train to work might not be the look you were going for.
If you are feeling the chill where you are, then never fear, we have picked our top 10 pieces of knitwear available to buy right now. From high street to luxury, we have hand-selected essential items that you can seamlessly work into your wardrobe.
1. Reiss Zip Neck Jumper
Made from fine merino wool, this knitwear is a slight change from the normal crew or v-neck. Wear like the model with a simple tee and smart trousers. Equally, it works well over a shirt and tie, worn beneath a suit.
£95 from Reiss
2. H&M Fine Knit Jumper
Using fine cotton knit, this might not insulate as well as merino wool, but it is a great layering piece. As you expect from H&M the price is fantastic, and you can choose from a range of colours.
£17.99 from H&M
3. Uniqlo Long Sleeved Polo
This 100% merino wool long-sleeved knit polo from Uniqlo is one of our essentials. Choose from a range of colours and wear beneath a suit for a more smart casual look. Or, partner with chinos or selvedge jeans for a paired back outfit.
£34.90 from Uniqlo
4. Drakes Cashmere Letterman Jumper
The varsity or college style inspired by Ameican Ivy League schools is still as relevant today as it was in the past. Drake’s jump on this with a beautiful cashmere jumper emblazoned with the Drakes ‘D’. Not sure my student loan would have stretched to this back in the day.
£395 from Drakes
5. Mango Structured Turtleneck Sweater
This cotton blend turtleneck has the signature Mango look all over it. Simple, but with a twist, this jumper would be a welcome change to a traditional roll neck. Best worn on its own or under a mac with some selvedge jeans and chunky boots.
£59.99 from Mango
6. Arket Colour Blocking Wool Jumper
From Arket’s ‘Responsible Wool’ collection is this colour-blocked jumper. This 100% wool knitwear is dark beige on front and a dark blue on the back. A clean, but an effective aesthetic that we are loving.
£79 from Arket
7. Burton 1904 Colour Block Crew
Another colour block crew, this time from Burton’s 1904 range. Small touches include geometric internal trim. The main colourways are grey, navy and an autumnal burnt orange
£38 from Burton
8. J Crew Breton Stripe
Why should a Breton stripe be restricted to just summer? This super-soft cashmere jumper from J Crew offers warmth in a lightweight material. A great combination from one of their best selling items.
£156 from J Crew
9. Mango Chunky Knit Lapels
This cable knit cardigan harks back to 70’s style but without the garish patterns. With a muted colour tone, this is more Steve McQueen than Starsky and Hutch. Partner with a nice Oxford shirt and chinos.
£49.99 from Mango
10. Freight Store Lambswool Crew
Last but not least, is this lambswool crew neck from Freight Store. Designed and manufactured in the UK, they are crafted from 100% British lambswool. Ideal for when the real cold hits us hard.
£100 from Freight Store