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Notes On Knitwear

01.11.16

It’s cold, you need knitwear. What are the most stylish knits to pick and how exactly should they be worn? We unravel AW16’s most in demand designs

Men's Notes on Knitwear

@Andrewfoxx wears the Hamilton cashmere crew-neck jumper in putty

Every winter is the same, it’s cold ergo you need new knitwear. Okay, so you may not need new knitwear, but moths may have gone on a feeding frenzy over summer or you may have unwisely hung your jumpers instead of folded them leaving them irreparably shapeless (tsk, tsk, bad form). Or, if you’re being completely honest, you may just really, really want some new knitwear, and who could blame you when AW16’s designs are so strokable, stylish and utterly seductive?

So much choice, but where to start? Unfortunately - much like when choosing a significant other- good looks simply aren’t enough. That rollneck that looks so debonair on Daniel Craig is a pretty sure-fire route to exposing those torso trouble spots which you’d rather stay hidden. Eyeing up a chunky knit? Make sure you’re aware of how and when to wear it otherwise you’ll be sweat-soaked and left longing for something much lighter. To that end, here's everything you need to know about wearing knitwear well now.

THE CREW-NECK JUMPER

In the world of knitwear, the crew-neck jumper is an underrated stalwart, always the bridesmaid, never the bride. While most of us are busy eyeing up the latest innovations in rollneck design (trust us, they really do get more impressive year on year) crew-necks are a much-utilised but much overlooked staple. The sartorial equivalent of a Labrador, the crew-neck jumper is a reliable companion, always there when you need it, but ultimately to set tongues wagging for its inspired-design.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the crew-neck jumper, we’re card carrying members of the crew-neck appreciation club. Its beauty lies in its functional simplicity and the fact that there’s no man on earth who won’t suit the design in one form or another. Off-duty, there’s no more wardrobe-friendly option than a sports-inspired sweatshirt, easily dressed up with a wool overcoat, but just as happily worn with jeans and sneakers.  If you’re looking for something a little more high octane, we recommend instead trying a flecked or textured weave (or even better both) which will amp up the crew-neck jumper’s attention-grabbing potential.

THE V-NECK JUMPER

The V-neck jumper has slowly fallen from favour among menswear’s most stylish and has been left to languish in sartorial Siberia, seen primarily on school children and those unmoved by the V-neck’s disastrous propensity to be paired with oversized shirt collars. There’s truth in the fact that a V-neck is slimming, but for all of its visual trickery, there’s still a whole host of style crimes to level against this once cherished design.

There are ways to get around the V-neck jumper’s bad reputation and carry off this style with none of the aforementioned problems however. Avoid sharp V-neck shapes and instead opt for softer styles which sit somewhere between a V and a crew-neck. Similarly, thick weaves complement the neck’s shape design far better than lightweight fabrications. As for styling, the very worst thing you can do is pair a V-neck jumper with jeans, unless of course, you’re looking to channel the wardrobe the of an off-duty politician. Wear yours instead with a pair of smartly tailored trousers, a camel coat and some streamlined white sneakers.

THE ROLLNECK JUMPER

The rollneck jumper has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years after being considered a purely practical choice for much of its life. Steve Jobs, Andy Warhol, the local librarian – the rollneck’s most enthusiastic proponents weren’t exactly admired for their ability to put together a killer outfit. All that now however has changed. While the rollneck still offers that cold-neck banishing function by definition, looking good is no longer mutually exclusive.

Even better, the rollneck jumper is a surprisingly versatile design. Off-duty the rollneck is best worn with a wool overcoat jeans and Chelsea boots. Come party season, it’ll slip under a suit. Don’t fancy braving the commute in the cold? Wear a rollneck under your work suit. Put simply, there’s practically nothing the rollneck jumper can’t do.

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