The current cold snap and accompanying storms are the perfect excuse to peruse some comforting and on-point knitwear options. Whether you’re looking for the perfect layer for a bracing walk, or something to upgrade your style for an afternoon spent by a crackling pub fire, we have rounded up the best tactile knits and men’s jumpers — for every budget and price point — that will have you hoping the cold weather continues.
Mustard Fine Stripe Jumper
This two-tone style will ensure all eyes are where you want them — starting at your shoulders and chest. The mustard band is a great way to add a hit of colour without committing completely if you usually edge towards darker tones. Try with a short Harrington jacket and loafers for a touch of preppy cool. We’ll leave the choice of jeans or chino to you. Both will work equally well; just roll the cuffs for a touch of nonchalance.
Heavy Knit Spray Dye Jumper
Arket brings a welcome dash of Scandi ease to the high street with this chunky knit. The sea-inspired tones make it the ideal companion to denim. Try it with a stonewash blue trucker from Levi’s, some navy or indigo slim cut denim and a pair of tan suede boots for an effortless relaxed casual outfit that looks well put together, but not try-hard. A crisp white tee makes an ideal accompanying base layer.
Colour-Blocked Contrast Knit Jumper
Tommy Hilfiger’s iconic tricolour of navy, white and red get a modern update for this colour-block cable knit. Wear it with jogging bottoms and a track top for a street-ready look vibe or go preppy collegiate with a varsity jacket and chinos. Either look will earn you some decent style kudos.
Tuck Rib Sweater
This number in a perfect shade of teal green from Brit brand Albam will work equally well with navy or grey and bolder shades like mustard. For a modern take on a classic workwear look, wear it with pleated chinos from AMI, a classic navy peacoat from Gloverall and work boots from Filson. Chunky woollen socks and a chambray shirt will add texture. Hipster beanie optional.
Basketweave Crewneck Jumper
Brits and Swedes understand the vagaries of summer only too well. One moment you’re flocking to the beach, the next cowering under a tree as the heavens open. Hence the need for pieces that will see you through anything. This zesty yellow number brings its own sunshine. Wear it now as a layering piece under blazers and coats and later in the year with summery tees and vests as the evenings get cooler.
Muscle Fit Lightweight Cable Jumper
Just because you could live in lycra, doesn’t mean you should. Ditch the stretch for this muscle fit sweater from ASOS and you’ll still be able to show off your hard-earned gains. A tailored trouser with drawstring waist will look the business with a pair of leather low tops (try Axel Arigato), proving that dressing smarter doesn’t have to be uncomfortable.
Chunky Knit Cotton-Merino Sweater
You can always rely on COS to elevate the simplest of garments with subtle but well-executed design tweaks. The dropped shoulder and raised neckband on this knit will inspire compliments for all the right reasons. Opt for a single-breasted wool overcoat and gaberdine trousers in a slate grey with classic Dr Martens shoes in black or Converse Allstars high tops for the ultimate in understated cool.
Cable-Knit Cotton Sweater
Treat yourself to the sartorial equivalent of a warm hot chocolate with this cable-kit beauty from Our European friends at Massimo Dutti. Tones of dark brown right through to tan and paler cream tones will harmonise perfectly. Try it with some cream cords from Weekday and a pair of sand colour boots from Office. A tan suede trucker jacket from Selected Homme will polish off the look nicely.
This knitted beauty from BOSS will be the work horse of your wardrobe – we challenge you to find a more perfect grey sweater. Try it under a classic leather biker jacket with slim fit jeans and a sharp pair of black suede Chelsea boots for a fuss-free look. Swap the denim and boots for a pair of wide-legged wool trousers and crisp white leather low tops for a smart yet casual twist.
John Lewis & Partners Cotton Twist Stripe Jumper
John Lewis & Partners
This maritime hero of a knit will pop against a bright yellow or red cagoule and deep blue jeans. Bright New Balance trainers will add a Hoxton-inspired slant. If hipster’s not your thing, then mix it up by teaming with tailored cargo trousers from Mango and Derby shoes from Oliver Spencer. A slimline rain mac from Reiss will round off a polished, urban look.
Textured Patchwork Sweater
Pattern is a great way to introduce interest to any look. The clean lines of this geometric patchwork design add an architectural element to a minimalist style. Keep it clean with a simple single-breasted black suit from French Connection. A long-line white tee shirt or white grandfather collar shirt left untucked will add subtle contrast. Keep your footwear minimal – white leather sneakers or a plain black Oxfords will complete a sleek monochrome outfit.