Gone are the days when a sweater was just a sweater. Cable knit, cowl neck, fair isle, tartan - what does it all mean? We’ve parsed through the technicalities and have found out which styles are right for this year, and how to wear them.
Not just for suits anymore! Pinstripes on sweaters give you a casual version of the classic Ivy League look. Stick to muted shades like navy, grey, off-white, and deep maroon. Pair it with dark jeans or trousers to achieve a perfectly tailored look in one neat package - no suit required!
You might think of plaid as the traditional flannel look, but there are, in fact, several varieties of plaid with their own names and patterns - but we won’t get into them all here. The ones you need to know about this season are of the check-plaid variety; gingham, buffalo check, madras, and shepherd’s check. You don’t have to stick with muted colors, though. Bold is in, and reds in particular are showing up big time!
This trend gives you the perfect excuse to let out your inner bad boy - leather is living it big! Now don’t worry, you’re not obligated to sport a full leather sweater. What you will find is bits of leather added to knits for contrast. Think elbow patches, shoulder pads, trim, and sometimes even leather sleeves. It’s a little edgy, but also a touch futuristic. No one can say these sweaters are sissy!
While bold goes for plaid patterns, the majority of what you will see are earth tones. Greens and browns are especially popular, and in a variety of shades. From a light, sandy brown to a deep, almost forest green shade, anything goes. You can even keep it in the (color) family by wearing multiple shades in the same outfit.
If there’s a particular slogan, logo, or bold design you’re a fan of, now is the time to wear it loud and proud! Statement sweaters - the ones that convey a message or display an image - are everywhere in fall/winter menswear. Start with the ski/alpine/lodge feel, and work your way up.
Sweaters steal the show in the fall and winter seasons. They’re easy to dress up or down, and no matter which style you choose, they can be paired easily with jeans or trousers and simple shoes. No need to tear your hair out - just follow our guide to stay in style.