5 Must-Have Knit Styles
#1 Chunky Knit
This season, there are no-boundaries when it comes to depth, with heavily-textured chunky knits adding must-touch rifts and hills to the men’s sweater landscapes. It’s all thanks to intricate weaves. The classic cable knit has definitely made a comeback. So too has the more subdued waffle knit, whose weaves formations are less raised; a great option for work and smart-casual ensembles.
When rocking the cable knit, however – made famous by seafaring fishermen decades ago – play around with proportions. An oversized and heavily-weighted version exudes effortless cool (and plenty of comfort and warmth). Nothing is more annoying than a tight, chunky sweater. And for a lounge-to-leisure textured knits look, pair your cable with washed out jeans and white sneakers. Or, simply tuck it under an open leather, with suede Chelsea boots for a night out.
#2 Roll Neck
The roll neck sweater is no longer condemned to Seventies-era dads and Euro professors. Men have fallen for the sweater (with the built-in, high neck) for its nostalgic charm and practical protection against the chill. Quality brands have even rolled out a plethora of stylish models in neutral colourways and on-point textures, so they slip easily into your cool weather wardrobe.
If you’re new to the roll neck game, start simple with a fine-gauge navy, black or charcoal number, layered under a camel topcoat, and cropped trousers or jeans, depending on the dress code. Once roll neck-versed, invest in a luxurious cashmere-merino blend for comfort and style. Chunky styles are more of a sartorial statement, especially worn solo. For a masculine finish, stick to the heritage look with dark selvedge denim and tan leather brogues.
#3 Bright Block
When looking at colour, the primary reds and blues are lighting up luxury sweaters. To avoid looking like a sloppy-joe, the sweater needs to be slim-fit and relatively thin, nothing pj-like in form and shape. Pair a red pullover with a quilted gilet or puffer jacket, the synthetic nylon adding an active accent. Not into full-frontal colour? Mix it up with a monochrome knits with splashes of vermillion or cobalt.
The simplicity of denim or tapered jogger parts team well with the bright sweater. Or, if it’s nice-fitting v-neck in luxury cashmere, try wearing casual Fridays in the office over your crisp white shirt and wool trousers in a shade of grey – the perfect neutral companion.
#4 Robe Cardie
This season, the tie-front knit is man’s way of eschewing structured outerwear. The tie-knit works best as a robe cardigan: round shoulders, shawl lapel and a tie-waist, which can be done up to cinch the waist for refinement or left open and fluid.
Made from a soft wool or cashmere, it’s a very comfy and easy-look winter essential that is fast replacing the traditional topcoat for downplayed elegance. Layer it over a knitted sweater and wool trousers or a roll neck and jeans for the perfect inter-knitting of your other knit pieces. Final word: keep the cardie in a neutral hue and nothing too plush. This type can easily get confused with a dressing gown.