There seems to be a relaxation of the normal fashion rules at Christmas when it comes to knitwear, with all manner of ugly novelty Christmas jumpers being adorned gleefully in all manner of contexts. At any other time of the year, however, most men would prefer to look stylish whilst keeping warm in their knitwear.
One of the first trends, which seems to piggyback on a summer menswear trend of wearing Cuban collar shirts, is sweaters with psychedelic prints. This has grown over the past three years, with options including knitwear with colour blocks and sweater vests harking back to the 80s.
In 2021, Marks and Spencer unwittingly become the unofficial supplier of Christmas jumpers to the clergy, with its black jumper bearing the word ‘believe’ in bright colours becoming a runaway hit amongst Church of England priests.
Keep it simple and classic
The old adage that style never goes out of fashion rings as true with knitwear as it does with any other item of clothing. A smart single-colour piece of mens Ralph Lauren knitwear can work in many smart or casual settings, with a V-neck jumper working beautifully with a shirt and tie and a woollen polo creating a smart casual look suitable for almost any situation. Retailers such as EJ Menswear carry a wide range of Ralph Lauren knitwear alongside knitwear from other designers.
Layers for convenience
Whilst a thick cable knit sweater will keep you warm, it will often limit your sartorial choices thanks to the bulk of the jumper. All of a sudden, blazers or suit jackets do not fit and certainly don’t look great.
A T-shirt or a jumper with a thinner knit under a collared shirt will work well with a blazer or jacket, as will layers built up with a single coloured sleeveless jumper. A more boldly-coloured sweater can create the focal point of an outfit.
The trend of tech fabrics being used in many different settings has exploded recently, with designers opting to move away from synthetic materials that have been coated or designed to be waterproof, moisture-wicking or UV-resistant to materials that offer those properties naturally.
Consider using a merino wool base layer, which provides a triple threat benefit of keeping warmth trapped close to the skin, diverting sweat and controlling odours.