As temperatures start to drop and days shorten, we're taking solace in the delights of autumn dressing — think overshirts, denim jackets, corduroy trousers, and of course, the holy grail of transitional wear: knitwear. No men's autumn wardrobe is complete without a selection of versatile, easy-to-layer knits that will keep you cosy as the chill sets in. From slouchy cardigans to cashmere sweaters, here's our pick of the best men's knitwear to stock up on this season.
Best men's knitwear to buy in 2023
Luca Faloni Fine Silk-Cashmere Zip Cardigan
This lightweight silk-cashmere zip cardigan from Italian master of menswear Luca Faloni is the perfect year-round garment, ideal for layering under a jacket in autumn, or for throwing on when the weather cools on a summer evening. Its fitted silhouette lends it a quality of elegance: pair it with tailored trousers and loafers for an effortless take on smart casual style.
Closed V-Neck Sweater
Closed's V-neck sweater offers the comfort of a sweatshirt with the sleek style of your going-out-clothes. Its super soft wool and cotton construction means you'll never want to take it off. Try layering it under an organic cotton T-shirt and teaming it with baggy jeans for an effortless casual weekend look.
Aurélien Extrafine Merino Zipper Sweater
A contemporary alternative to a roll neck, this zip-neck sweater from Aurélien epitomises refined luxury. Handcrafted in Italy from Cashwool, an extra-fine merino wool sourced from selected Australian sheep, it's ultra-soft and lightweight, perfect for layering under heavier coats and jackets in the cooler months. A clean silhouette and flattering fit make it a versatile everyday wardrobe hero.
Trunk Berwick Brushed Shetland Crew Sweater
The Trunk Berwick Brushed Shetland Crew Sweater, a product of Scotland's finest Shetland wool, offers a luxurious brushed texture for unmatched softness. With a saddle shoulder design and elevated neckline, its circular knit ensures impeccable fit and comfort. A timeless, warming piece ideal for effortless layering.
Axel Arigato Team Polo Sweater
This polo sweater from Axel Arigato is a blend of stretch cotton, boasting the Varsity A motif intarsia-knitted on the chest. Its button placket allows for a relaxed collar fit. Designed in a regular fit, it combines comfort and style seamlessly. Embrace the preppy aesthetic and style it with straight-leg slacks and leather trainers.
ISTO. Cotton Sweater
ISTO. has created the perfect year round sweater: made from GOTS-certified organic cotton with a fine gauge handle, it's ideal for layering under a coat in winter or throwing on over a tee when warm days make way for cool nights. In typical ISTO. fashion, what you see is what you get: the cost of every component from materials to production is revealed with full transparency, so that you know exactly how your money is being spelt.
Artknit Studios Ribbed Linen Sweater
Milanese label Artknit Studios is renowned for its premium knitwear garments, which are made on demand to avoid any waste or middle-man mark-ups. This breathable and super soft linen sweater epitomises the brand's elegant aesthetic, with a ribbed neck, hem and cuff in an ultra-versatile ivory hue. Wear it year-round, dressed up or down.
ASKET Cotton Sweater
ASKET's season-less wardrobe essentials are made to fit seamlessly into any wardrobe. This crewneck sweater will do just that, thanks to its timeless versatility and ultimate layering potential. It's crafted in Italy from in Italy from a four-ply, extra fine long staple Egyptian cotton yarn, lending it a crisp feel and breezy drape.
WAHTS Knitted Polo Shirt
The WAHTS Blake Cashfeel Knitted Poloshirt exudes sophistication. Crafted from extra-fine merino with a cashmere touch, it offers a contemporary, slim fit, featuring ribbed collar, cuffs, and hem. Pair it with tailored trousers for a timeless, polished look.
L'Estrange Easy Zip Sweatshirt
The L'Estrange Easy Zip Sweatshirt is a year-round wardrobe staple. Crafted from organic cotton, it offers a soft interior and textured pique exterior. Versatile and comfortable, it's the perfect layering piece for any occasion.
Heimat U-Boat Roll Neck Ink
The Heimat U-Boat Roll Neck in Ink, available at Clutch Cafe, reimagines the classic Royal Navy Submariner with 100% virgin wool knit in Germany. Hand-finished details and double roll cuffs add sophistication to this snug-fitting, body-molding piece.
Private White V.C. Cashmere Crewneck
Private White V.C.'s Cashmere Raglan Crew Neck is the epitome of luxury. Crafted from exquisite Scottish cashmere, this super-soft sweater boasts eight-gauge cashmere in a half cardigan stitch, ensuring both comfort and opulence.
Wax London Walker Cardigan
The Wax London Walker Cardigan in Natural Fleck is expertly crafted from a donegal wool blend yarn. With a relaxed fit, two patch pockets, four-button front, and ribbed cuffs and hem, it's both stylish and practical. Made from a Responsible Wool Standard blend for added sustainability.
Handvaerk Alpaca Crewneck
Handvaerk's Alpaca Crewneck Sweater is a versatile essential crafted from 100% Imperial grade alpaca, surpassing cashmere in durability and sustainability. Ethically made, it elevates casual style and pairs effortlessly with denim jeans for everyday elegance.
Mackintosh Cotton Cardigan
Mackintosh's Bottle Green Cotton Cardigan features a discreet Dandy Man logo, marking its signature style. Made in Italy from organic cotton, it offers a relaxed silhouette with ribbed-knit trims for comfort and elegance.
Foret Marsh Cable Turtleneck
The Foret Marsh Cable Turtleneck is a winter wardrobe essential. With its cozy cable knit and GRS-approved Italian fabric blend of 80% wool and 20% recycled polyamide, it's versatile for outdoor or urban settings, ensuring warmth and style in any environment.
Stone Island Half-Zip Sweater
Stone Island's Logo-Appliquéd Wool-Blend Half-Zip Sweater is expertly crafted in Italy from a flexible wool-blend. It boasts a ribbed stand collar for added warmth, a versatile half-zip fastening, and the iconic compass emblem on the sleeve, making it a stylish and functional wardrobe essential.
Loro Piana Archer Shawl-Collar Sweater
Crafted by Loro Piana, renowned fabric connoisseurs since 1924, the Archer Shawl-Collar Ribbed Cashmere Sweater is a testament to their expertise. Made in Italy from pure cashmere, it exudes luxury with its mélange finish and refined shawl collar, offering both warmth and style in one elegant package.
Polo Ralph Lauren Half-Zip Sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren's Logo-Embroidered Honeycomb-Knit Cotton Half-Zip Sweater is a timeless essential. Crafted in a honeycomb pattern for warmth, it features subtle collar stripes mirroring the embroidered pony emblem at the chest, showcasing the brand's iconic style and quality.
Celine Knitted Wool Cardigan
Celine's Logo-Appliquéd Knitted Wool Cardigan draws inspiration from varsity aesthetics. Crafted from wool, it showcases collegiate-inspired logos on both the front and back. Perfect for layering, it adds a touch of casual sophistication when worn over a slim tee or vest.