Smart Sweaters for the Season


Autumn is basically synonymous with sweaters. As the temperature continues to fall, they are always the logical and most comfortable choice of cool weather wear. Worn alone or with a shirt, they have moved far along from their dark age of ill fitting, ugly designs.

One of the biggest trends this season for sweaters is a turn away from v-neck sweaters to the timeless appeal of a crewneck sweater. A crewneck sweater provides a more refined look as it is a much more acceptable choice when wearing a tie. This sweater from Dolce and Gabbana is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen and is also a good model to follow when shopping for a similar one. The neck of your sweater should be wide enough so that it will show enough tie without looking loose. A crewneck should also be fitted and end right before your belt in most cases. Personally, I prefer to tuck in a sweater for a clean line, which I think gives for a much more sophisticated look.

Keep in mind that there are many more affordable options for stylish crewneck sweaters. Other good ones include:
J.Crew Cashmere Crewneck, $235

Gap Crewneck, $45

That said, every man also needs a v-neck sweater for more casual occasions, like a dinner out or a round on the golf course. I sometimes wear a v-neck sweater without a collared shirt under it for a minimalist, more European look. A great look this season is to wear lightweight v-necks, which are easier to tuck into your pants without looking nerdy or strange. This Armani sweater is so seamlessly integrated into the outfit and gives a very sophisticated silhouette.

Banana Republic Silk Cashmere V-Neck, $48

Michael Kors V-neck, $195

One last item, to be filed under ‘trendy’ is a chunky, knit sweater which is great both for following the bohemian look as well as lounging around your house to stay warm and comfortable. Unlike crew or v-neck sweaters, they should not be tucked in, but should also not be overflowing and baggy at the same time. This one from J.Crew is a good example of how to wear one: dark straight leg jeans, a worn-in leather belt, and yes, a plaid shirt (if you must).