The essential winter layer to keep you looking sharp during the cold

Feeling the chill yet? If there’s one positive to the colder weather it’s the opportunity to immerse yourself in knitwear again. Beyond the handsome comfort of the fabric, knit remains a steadfast sartorial hit since its inception into mainstream fashion as a cool must-have asset rather than Christmas kitsch, returning year after year to make waves in menswear.

Knitwear’s adaptability adds to its enduring appeal. It’s one of those rare textiles that’s as impressive worn over a shirt in the office as it is inside a tailored suit for those seasonal parties or even a winter wedding. With knit, there’s a colour to complement every man, from the classics (camel and black) to the new entries for AW17 (rose and blue) and the rewards to wearing knit are endless.

Beyond being a very relevant trend for this time of year, they are also pieces you’ll come back to time and again. The masculine cuts and timeless colours of these new designs promise to inject craftsmanship and quality into proceedings, whether you’re opting for slick suavity or laid-back louche. Here, we present the key knitwear looks to nail this season.


Breathe new life into the suit by swapping out a shirt for a rollneck for a look that immediately brings a fresh impact to eveningwear. The lightweight comfort of a merino wool rollneck ensures you won’t become too hot and bothered if worn inside a suit while its silhouette moves with the body, automatically accentuating the face and making you appear taller. Not only are the darker colours perfect for this time of year, they also have a subtle slimming effect. Add a touch of colour with a white pocket square and you’ve got an outfit that works as well at a Christmas party as it does at a winter wedding.


If your weekend wardrobe is in need of some attention, look no further. Camel is one of this season’s most reliable colour trends and one that shows no sign of going out of style anytime soon. Paired with check trousers in grey and fresh white sneakers, a camel rollneck jumper creates a look that instantly evokes luxury. The depth of this textured knit suggests the kind of off-duty outfit that wouldn’t look out of place at a cosy pub or a museum for those lazy Sunday excursions. For outerwear, stick with camel, but opt for a bolder shade to bring the warmth of the knit to the front.


To add some luxury to a work outfit, a cashmere-and-wool blend crew neck is worth investing in. The lightweight fabric ensures you’ll stay warm without becoming uncomfortable and it will also stand the test of time longer than other knit blends. Break up the uniform of workwear with a crew neck in rose to contrast the formality of the jacket and trousers. What works best with this is the flexibility it affords, as the jacket can be taken off during the day and put back on during the evening for dinner and drinks. Leave the suit jacket undone for an extra measure of casual cool.


For the real mavericks of menswear, a knitted jumper in a vivid colour is a guaranteed statement piece to have in the wardrobe this season. While weaving together the classic with the contemporary, the striking colour of this two-tone jumper invites drama and edge when worn with a pair of black, slim-fit trousers and some cool leather sneakers. Composed of an Italian Mohair yarn, which provides resilience and durability, the rib and panelling detail of the jumper contours the body to create interest.