It's safe to say that the past two years spent largely home-bound have instilled in us a newfound appreciation for comfort dressing. Even as we become reacquainted with our 'going out' wardrobes, it doesn't look like our predilection for cosy loungewear, chunky knits and super-soft staples is going anywhere anytime soon. Which is why we're toasting the unsung hero of comfort dressing: the ever humble cardigan. No longer the preserve of your grandad, the ultra-versatile cardigan is enjoying its well-deserved time in the limelight. Scroll on for our pick of the best men's cardigans that are just as great for lounging around in at home as they are for sporting out and about.
ASKET's take on the classic cardi is much like the rest of the brand's offering: understated and refined. Made from extra-fine Merino wool, it will keep you nice and toasty in winter but is breathable enough for the warmer months.
Thanks to its smart shawl collar and Ivy League aesthetic, this limited edition organic cotton Oliver Spencer cardigan, which is part of the exclusive Esquire Edit 2021, offers equal parts elegance and comfort. Its slouchy fit and beautiful natural drape make it a cosy layering piece for the cooler months.
Handmade in Italy from extra-fine Merino wool, this knitted jacket from Artknit Studios epitomises the brand's dedication to high quality craftsmanship. Wear it with chinos and white leather sneakers for a luxe take on laidback style.
Spun from a soft, breathable lambswool blend, SIRPLUS' ultra-cosy Nehru cardigan is bound to be a wardrobe staple that you reach for time and again.
The perfect layering piece for all occasions, Luca Faloni's luxurious zip cardigan is a no-brainer for any knitwear lover. Read Luca Faloni's guide to cashmere for everything you need to know about the king of the knitwear world.
Made from 100% Merino wool sourced from regenerative New Zealand farms and knitted using solar-powered, zero-waste machines, this Sheep Inc. cardigan is a purchase you can feel good about. The bright Sunflower Yellow hue offers the perfect winter pick-me-up.
Inject your winter ensemble with some much-needed colour with Edwin's oversized Hiji cardigan, a bold multicoloured knit that's as characterful as it is cosy. Team it with black jeans and your trusty Chelsea boots for a laidback weekend look.
This classic black cardigan from Wax London is guaranteed to become an autumn and winter layering staple that you'll reach for time and again. Crafted from a soft cotton and wool blend with eco-friendly Corozo nut buttons, it's made to last.
Made in Italy from 100% Italian lambswool, this dark navy Norse Projects cardigan is as luxurious as they come. Understated yet elegant, it can be effortlessly dressed up or down.
With its retro-inspired bowling neck, simple silhouette and functional pockets, this knit cardigan from Italian outerwear label Hevo is a contemporary take on a classic wardrobe staple. Wear it with just about anything — from jeans and boots to tailored separates and loafers.
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