Whether it is a new Christmas sweater or a practical knit tank top, sweaters are a must-have for men's winter wear. But given their ubiquity, it is surprising how many men still do not know how to choose the right jumper, whether for a particular occasion or for everyday use.
When it's time to rearrange your winter wardrobe and you're not sure how to start buying new sweaters, here are some practical tips to make sure you do things right.
The First Steps to Buying New Sweaters
An easy starting point for buying a new sweater is to know where you are most likely to wear it. If you mostly wear sweaters at work, for example, it's worth looking for one with a small V-neck, on which the collar of your shirt and the knot of your tie can easily sit . Office jumpers are best purchased in neutral colors, such as black or navy. Plus, opt for fine but warm fabrics like Merino wool, so you can easily wear a suit jacket over your outfit if needed.
Alternatively, if you are looking for sweaters to wear at home or when going out with friends, you can be a little more flexible. Thick knit sweaters are perfect for putting on jeans and a t-shirt for extra warmth. Look for riders in inviting colors, such as red, green or blue. Cardigans are a great casual alternative for jumpers, and are especially flattering for tall, lanky men. Cardigans are also ideal for dressing at home, but can be easily dressed when they are worn with a shirt during an evening.
One of the key developments in men's fashion during the 21st century was the rise of colorful, patterned sweaters. Over the last two years, for example, Fair Isle knit sweaters have become particularly popular and they are very well worn with jeans, pants or even shorts fitted in a cool summer breeze.
In 2013, a number of different trends are competing to draw attention to men's wool jumpers. In keeping with the general military trend of men's fashion, gray-green and khaki shades dominate jumpers this year. Bestseller 50 Shades of Gray seems to have had a literal impact on the catwalks, judging by the rainbow mapped gray knitwear on offer. For something with a little more heat, choose a plum or Bordeaux sweater, one of the most popular colors of this season.
And do not forget, patterned sweatshirts do not need to be hidden once the holiday season is over. Large patterns, stripes and checks are an important feature of men's skirts in 2013. The boldness of these jumpers means that they really fit in, so bring them to a simple pair of jeans or pants for maximum effect.