How to finally nail knitwear this season (even though it's still hot)
The term "knitwear" can bring up all sorts of horrible PTSD fashion connotations for a man, of misshapen cardigans and itchy fibres on the constant verge of inferno, unflattering colours and boring, stuffy layers.
But things are different now... better. Knitwear has found its cool, with labels like J.W Anderson, Acne Studios and - on the more-affordable scale - COS delivering warm and wearable (aka not ugly) collections for discerning dressers (that's you!) for several seasons now.
Not to mention, if you spring for all-natural fibres you'll be able to pull one on even in our hotter summer season.
Below we run through the trends, styles and next-level pieces that'll help you nail knitwear this winter.
Ugly jumpers and uglier memories be gone!
No, seriously: the v-neck is no longer the risible choice of the perennially poorly dressed, having instead been transformed - by the likes of Prada, Gucci, Lanvin to name a few - into an unlikely but not entirely unwelcome T R E N D. If you don't believe us, go have a workd with Ryan Gosling. He's normally not too busy.
Wear yours in black, grey or navy with a plain white shirt or t-shirt for contrast, and either wool trousers or pinstripes for full, smart retro effect.
If you're looking at your calendar and it says 2018 and you DON'T own a rollneck, then close your browser and take a trip to the Pennines for some time in a lonely shepherd's hut (shepherds love rollnecks) to reflect solemnly on what it truly means to get dressed as a man from the months of October - March.
Warm, stylish and the perfect formal-but-still-cool winter alternative to a shirt and tie under a blazer (no ironing!), the roll-neck is the do-it-all, wear-anywhere cold weather style hack that will make men and women stop and say...
"Damn, is he wearing a rollneck?"
Yes he is.
The Crew Neck
Old Reliable. As long as human beings are propping up the fragile stilts of civilisation and bracing themselves against winters, then there will be crew necks. They are eternal and they are never going out of style, so invest in a couple in proper cashmere or - if you're feeling a bit braver - oversized mohair or something patterned, and wear them with everything from jeans and white trainers at the weekend to wool trousers and black derbies at work.
Like we said: versatile.
The Zip-Up Cardigan
The ideal blend between a bomber jacket and cardigan (cursed word), zip-up knitwear is flattering, functional and stylish enough to be worn as either a layer or on its own if the harshest elements decide to take a day off.
Best bought in dark shades of monochrome - a white or cream stripe in the sleeves will add a sportier aesthetic - or a more daring, ski-inspired print, the zip-up works best with dark denim, chunky cords and either combat boots or a high-end pair of hiking boots, for a trendy outdoorsman (Bon Iver wannabe) look.