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 Cotton Mix Knitted Hoodie
Loungewear made elegant: Closed's knitted hoodie offers the comfort of a sweatshirt with the sleek style of your going-out-clothes. Its super soft wool construction means you'll never want to take it off. Try layering it under a chore jacket 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.
Unrecorded Lambswool Sweater
Amsterdam-based brand Unrecorded specialises in minimalist wardrobe essentials that transcend trends and seasons. This lambswool sweater does just that. Crafted from Australian extra-fine Merino wool, it's lightweight yet warm, perfect for year-round wear. Choose from four neutral, easy-to-wear hues.
Axel Arigato Team Half Zip Sweater
This men's half-zip sweater from Axel Arigato exudes relaxed elegance, thanks to its slouchy fit, super-soft lambswool-blend construction and old-school collegiate-style ‘A’ patch at the chest. 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.
Scaglione Fisherman Rib Cardigan
The ribbed cardigan is a knitwear classic, traditionally worn by sailors but now beloved by contemporary style mavens the world over. Knitted in Italy from 100% cotton, Scaglione's version boasts a lightweight feel and slouchy fit. Wear it with pleated trousers and loafers for a business-casual look, or keep it low-key with your go-to jeans and a plain tee.