When autumn and winter roll around the corner, there should be one thing on your mind: knitwear. The right men’s wool jumper will see you through the chillier moments with calm nonchalance. Knitwear is one aspect of the modern gent’s wardrobe that works in almost any social situation. The versatility of men’s knitwear is down to the fact that it’s a very wide category, from lambswool jumpers to fine merino sweaters, the range in styles and knit techniques is truly mind-boggling. While this means that there’s the right wool jumper for every situation, it means that there’s also the wrong wool jumper for every situation. To narrow down the enormous selection of men’s knitwear at OPUMO, we’re looking at cult British label YMC.
YMC’s Montand Turtle Neck features a slightly raised neck. Neither too tight or too high, this is a casual take on the turtle neck. The turtle neck construction contributes to the relaxed overall feel. This piece promises comfort in abundance: seam-free and crafted from pure brushed lambswool from Scotland. While this may be up there with the perfect casual knitwear options this season, it’s less suited to formal occasions. The shaggy lambswool and relaxed cut will look out of kilter with tailoring and more delicate materials.
Men’s wool jumpers are often seen as a piece to have a bit of fun with. It’s an easy way to add a splash of colour to the dark winter wardrobe. The YMC Suedehead Crew comes in several statement colours (like green and rust), but our favourite is blue. This light-blue men’s lambswool jumper features a basic crew neck and seam-free raglan sleeves for comfort. Thanks to the bold colour, this piece is ideal for layering. This will allow peeks of vibrant colour without it being the main focus of your outfit. The crewneck style means that you can wear this blue men’s wool jumper over a shirt for more formal occasions, too.
So you like the idea of having a flash of colour but don’t want to go all the way? Look to the Renegade Crew. At its heart, this lambswool jumper is a humble piece of winter knitwear – it does its job without demanding too much attention. However, look past the surface and you’ll see a more lively side to the piece. A striking green block partners with the main deep grey colour to elevate this winter knit. The interplay between the colours adds an interesting edge to smarter outfits.
Crafted from pure brushed Scottish lambswool, the Everyman Stripe Crew Neck features a fine stripe motif that makes it a great casual piece for the colder seasons. Like all of YMC’s pure lambswool sweaters, Everyman boasts a shaggy texture that gives the piece a rugged character.
YMC’s Luddites Crew Neck is a step ahead of our other selections in terms of luxury. Constructed from a merino wool and cashmere blend, this crew neck is exceptionally soft. Don’t be fooled by the light weight, cashmere jumpers and merino wool jumpers are known for their insulating powers. Not only does the material make this warm and lightweight, but satisfyingly comfortable too. We’re wearing this piece over a plain white Oxford shirt this season for a refined look with colourful flair.
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