It’s that time of year again. The temperature is falling, the rain is pouring, and the nights are getting longer – autumn has well and truly arrived. And with it comes a whole new aesthetic for men’s fashion. Comfort and warmth are prioritised over fashion, and darker, richer colours replace the light pastels of the summer. Luckily, your favourite designers have nailed men's knitwear this year, with a selection of stylish knits that are incredibly wearable.
Read on for your essential edit of men’s knitwear for AW 2017...
The roll-neck knitIt's official – polo neck jumpers are out, and roll neck jumpers are back in. Roll necks were a big theme at the recent fashion shows. They were layered under suits at Versace, and paired with baggy trousers at Louis Vuitton. If you don’t already have one in your wardrobe, invest in a plain black, beige or navy version like this Paul Smith jumper in the best quality wool that you can afford. It will be the hardest-working item in your wardrobe this winter.
Ralph LaurenClassic Cotton Cable Jumper£119SHOP NOW
The classic cable knitEvery man should have at least one classic cable knit jumper. Versatile, flattering and effortlessly elegant, they can be layered over a shirt and chinos for a smart casual office look, or thrown over a t-shirt and jeans for weekend get-togethers. Choose a Ralph Lauren cable knit in navy, orange, or moss green – three of the most popular colours for A/W 2017.
The graphic print knitGraphic print sweaters are a great way to add a bit of personality to your wardrobe, and this year designers have gone back to the 90s for their inspiration. Think dinosaurs, neon brights, abstract line work, and go-faster stripes. All of which are featured on this ‘shouldn’t-work-but-it-does’ Diesel knitted sweater.
Michael KorsMerino Knitted Polo£125SHOP NOW
The polo knitPolo shirts have had a bad reputation this summer, so now is the time to trade yours in for a knitted polo jumper instead. This Michael Kors knit is light enough to wear on sunny days, or layer under a chunkier jumper when it gets cold.
The rustic knitFisherman’s jumpers are so last year – this year it’s all about the rugged, rustic farmer’s jumper instead. The heritage British brand has nailed the look with this oversized Barbour jumper in Donegal wool, which will keep you warm on the coldest nights. Wear with your favourite jeans and workman boots for a cosy weekend look.
TopmanYellow Acid Wash Jumper£32SHOP NOW
The acid wash knitAcid wash knits make it easy to inject some extra-bright colours into your day-to-day wardrobe. This yellow knit from Topman has the potential to overpower any outfit, but the acid wash tones down the brightness and gives it a laid-back vibe that looks great with denim.
The quilted knitQuilting is set to be a big trend for A/W 2017, with quilted coats, sweaters and even trousers hitting the rails. If you don’t want to commit fully to the trend, choose a jumper with a subtle quilted pattern, like this Matcha knit by Ted Baker. The orange version might just be the perfect autumn jumper.
Comme des GarconsPatchwork Jumper£345SHOP NOW
The patchwork knitOne of the more surprising trends of the season, this look was seen on the catwalks of Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Raeburn and Christopher Shannon. It has yet to filter down to the high street, but fashion-forward men can get in on the trend with this patchwork-fronted Comme des Garcons sweater. If you don’t want to spend several hundred pounds on a jumper, you could always just have a rummage around your local charity store for an original early 90s version.