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Get the Look 10 June 2021

Sweater Weather: How To Style This Season’s Knits

How to style men’s knitwear to retain maximum cosy and maximum cool, for any fit and style.

The time has come to where knitwear is a necessity. While the fine art of layering can sometimes be a tough feat, but we’re here to prove just how simple it can be. Here’s 5 knitwear styles to invest in and how to best incorporate them into cohesive looks.


Words By Brittany Lyons

Partial Zip Jumper

Notably a Dad style, the quarter, third or half knit sweater is a well-rounded choice that exudes neat casual.

Echoing a classic charm and refined look, these types of jumpers hold a great versatility as they can be worn as a rollneck, or similar to a polo if you leave the zip undone.

We recommend pairing these knits with something un-collared underneath to reduce unnecessary bulk. A shirt with a mandarin collar, a tee or even something with a v neck will provide a clean and sleek look.

To reduce the Dad-appeal, why not opt for a partial zip sweater in a hero hue?

Loro Piana, available at Mr Porter, have a generous offering of the Roadster Cashmere Half Zip style in contemporary and vibrant colours.
The pale blue in particular oozes cool.
We recommend styling this one with a relaxed trouser and statement sneaker to achieve a modern ensemble.

Sportscraft Harrison Wool Blend Quarter Zip, $159.99, Sportscraft

Crew Neck Sweater

The old faithful.
The crew neck sweater is one of the cornerstone pieces of any person’s wardrobe.

Due to its utter popularity, we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to fabric, weight and motif options of the crew neck knit.

If your current wardrobe library for the crew neck sweater isn’t where it needs to be, we recommend dabbling in a few different fabric and bulkiness options.

When it comes to luxury hand feel, you cannot surpass brushed merino wool or fluffy angora. These top shelf sweaters are amongst the warmest and feel like a cosy hug whenever worn.

We love playing with textures when the silhouette is so versatile like with this knit. Something highly brushed or partially distressed adds a fashionable element and fun appeal to any look, brands such as MARNI and Saint Laurent nail this.

When creating a look with your crew neck knit, you can really place any undergarment beneath. Something with a collar pulled through certainly offers a smart look, whereas a tee shirt opts for everyday casualness.

Assembly Label Anders Knit, $150, The Iconic

Cardigan

When it comes to modern trend and the choice of the preppy, the cardigan is the supreme knit choice.

Once saved for the academic and (need we say) senior-aged, the cardigan was brought into the contemporary space thanks to alternative labels like Comme des Garcons, Maison Kitsuné and Kenzo.

The addition of a logo to the chest seriously catapulted this style into the 21st century cool, and makes a very convincing case for why you should invest in a knitted cardigan.

When it comes to styling this number to ensure its cool relevance remains, we recommend a sleek shirt or graphic tee underneath, a pair of cropped trousers, and some deathly cool sneakers.

Now if you’re looking to achieve the professor-chic look with a cardi, we recommend the shawl collar. Esteemed, refined and sometimes featuring the signature suede elbow, these pieces are earmarked for the cool, ironic dad look.

KENZO Oversized Cardigan with Tiger Crest Patch, US$302, Coltorti

Roll Neck Jumper

A close relative of the turtleneck, the roll neck knit is a little more versatile due to its shorter neck length.

A guarantor of warmth and utter cosiness, the roll neck jumper is certainly necessary for those braving the cold this winter.

Once regarded as chicly French, arty and fashion-forward, this silhouette is actually super versatile for any male, no matter how fashion-y they consider themselves.

Now if you’re looking for a dressy option to wear out on a cold night, then a fitted roll neck jumper is the perfect option under a bomber jacket or coat. The classic roll neck knit from our friends at French Connection is tight enough to fit under your outwear, but weighty enough to keep you nice and warm.

For something a little more relaxed, opt for a body shape looser than the classic turtleneck silhouette. This chunkier knit is a little less refined and bodes well when paired with some slim fit jeans and some laced footwear.

Loro Piana Cashmere Rollneck Sweater, £1,477.44, Mr Porter

Knitted Polo Shirt

Preppy, tried and true, the long sleeve polo knit is a classic that belongs in the wardrobe of every modern man.

Typically crafted from a lighter weight knit, these pull over your head jumpers are great as a first visible layer over the top of a singlet.

Comprised of a regular polo collar, a three-button placard and fitted tailoring, these refined separates are perfect for an uncomplicated outfit.

Due to their light weight, the knitted polo shirt works perfectly underneath most outerwear layers. A bomber jacket, pea coat, field jacket or whatever you want really marries great with this staple.
For the bottom, pair the look with some tailored trousers and polished loafers and sophistication is met!

If you’re well versed in the knitted polo shirt, then we recommend splurging on something a little luxe. Did someone say Italian merino wool? Yes we did, and yes you should!

The Row Diego Merino-wool Long-sleeved Polo Shirt, $1,948, Matches Fashion