We’ve hit that time of year again – it’s getting darker sooner and the euphoria of the last few months of summer is coming to a close. To some, this can be sadness inducing, to fans of fall however, it’s an exciting time. All of this means one thing; it’s time to update your wardrobe with some fresh knitwear. But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the right pieces that will keep you warm while still looking stylish. In this blog, we will guide you through the basics, including which materials to choose and how to identify high-quality pieces. We’ll also share our top picks for essential sweaters and cardigans for both autumn and winter, covering how to keep your items looking and feeling their best. As well as showing you how to incorporate colour into your styling and how to make a statement with your unique personal touch.

Understanding the Basics of Knitwear for Men

Versatile knitwear can offer trouble-free layering options for more occasions than one. These can be used to create multiple outfits, without ever feeling overused and subsequently being retired to the back of your wardrobe. This will also be a more sustainable option, as buying pieces of higher quality will prevent you from needing to repurchase items due to poor value fabrics.

The Importance of Materials

When it comes to knitwear, the choice of materials plays a crucial role. Natural fibres like wool and cashmere offer warmth and breathability, while synthetic fibres provide durability and easy maintenance. Blends of different materials can enhance comfort. It’s important to consider the season when selecting knitwear materials, and prioritise soft and cozy options for ultimate amenity. Look for meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail. High-quality pieces will have tightly woven stitches and minimal loose threads. It should feel delicate and luxurious to the touch. Pay attention to the weight and drape of the knitwear, and consider reputable brands known for their commitment to high standards.

Top Knitwear Pieces for Autumn and Winter

Essential Sweaters

Sweaters are the essence of knitwear, having been a staple of men’s fashion for over a century. The versatility of a high quality crew neck sweater cannot be understated, and can be worn casually or dressed up for a more formal look. Our pick for a perfect crew neck would be the Hackett Ash Grey Lambswool Crew Neck Pullover. Crafted from 100% lambswool, this makes for a flawless layering piece for the colder months. To exude sophistication without compromising on warmth, choose a turtleneck sweater. A cable knit sweater is another relaxed option. Historically worn by fishermen and the working class, the past few years has seen this style make a comeback alongside other vintage styles. The easy-going nature of this approach means that it serves well as a throw on piece for daily wear. Explore textures and make a fashion-forward statement with a slightly oversized fit, reminiscent of a distant fashion week runway.


Button-up cardigans offer a polished and preppy look and can be easily styled. Famously donned by grunge icons such as Kurt Cobain, who wore a khaki-green mohair, cardigans have slowly tip-toed into modern-day menswear. Now sported by the likes of Brad Pitt, it’s plain to see how cardigans have moved into the mainstream and edged into pop culture. The beauty of the humble button-up lies in the ease that it can be incorporated into your styling. Pairing it with a clean white t-shirt such as the Colourful Standard Optical White Classic Organic T-Shirt, as well as your favourite trousers or jeans will create a crisp, layered outfit fit for the fall. If you’re feeling particularly daring, choose a brighter colour to create a perceivably interesting contrast in your day-to-day closet.

Choosing the Right Styles and Fits

Consider various styles and fits when selecting knitwear. Find the perfect design that compliments your body type and personal taste, whether it’s a cardigan or a jumper. Experiment with different fits, from oversized to fitted, for a flattering and contemporary look that enhances your overall wardrobe. Lightweight cardigans are perfect for layering during transitional seasons, while different patterns and textures add visual interest to your collection. Invest in classic silhouettes for year-round wear and when selecting items, you should consider length, width, and styling options.

Caring for Your Clothing

Follow care instructions on labels for high-quality knitwear, it’s important to make sure you’re tending to your products correctly, or you may risk damaging it over time. Hand wash delicate items, lay flat to dry, and fold or roll for storage, this will prevent any deformities in the fit. As well as this, remove lint and pills regularly to maintain a fresh appearance. When washing your knitwear, use a gentle detergent and cold water. Our recommendation for an exemplary clothing wash would be the Kair Cedarwood Amber and Iris Wool Silk and Delicates Wash. Boasting a vegan and cruelty-free formula, Kair have created a product which gently cleans your garments, without the stress of potentially harming them. Consider using a mesh laundry bag to protect delicate clothing in the washing machine.

Layering with Knitwear

Layering with knitwear allows you to create stylish yet warm and functional outfits, perfect for beating the cooler days in style. Combine different textures and patterns to add more than one dimension to your clothing. Consider experimenting with lengths and proportions to create visually interesting ensembles. Oxford Shirts can offer an effortless way to compliment your favourite crew neck, or opt for a classic white vest or tee when wearing a cardigan.

Incorporating Colour

Add a pop of vibrancy to your knitwear rotation for a bold statement. Take notes from men such as Michael B Jordan, who implement colour blocking into outfits which would otherwise be monotone and simple. Select versatile neutral tones such as Beige and Brown to create timeless looks which reflect the overall colour palette of the Autumn and Winter seasons. Your unique skin tone should be a consideration when selecting colours for your knitwear as these will enhance your natural features if you choose complementary colours.


There’s a clear reason as to why knitted pieces have stood the test of time in menswear, as it is not only a practical choice for staying warm during the colder months, but it also allows you to showcase your personal style. You really don’t have to be Harry Styles to supplement these pieces into your rotation. But by understanding the basics of composition and fit, you can build a versatile and timeless wardrobe for autumn and winter.

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