Knitwear - it's a vital part of any man's wardrobe. But it's certainly not a case of any piece fits any occasion. That's why we decided to break it down, to work out what to wear and where to wear it...
Henrik Vibskov A/W 12
When you’re kicking back and relaxing comfort is key – that’s not to say this should come at the cost of looking good, but long Winter walks and lazy weekends call for something cosy and easy to wear.
Laid-back luxury is the key, chunky knits in gloriously tactile wools are fun to wear, as well as look at. Since dressing casually also means you can do away with annoying formalities like ties, shirts and dress shoes, it’s the perfect time to experiment with colour and patterns – after all, it doesn’t feasibly need to go with anything more complex than sneakers and jeans. Which means that typically fun primary shades and block prints work well, but so do too the thinking man’s choices of a statement-making chunky weave, or a vivid mossy green hue.
Lanvin A/W 12
Cardigans and sweaters are a staple of the modern office wardrobe, and this evolution has meant designers are constantly putting out knits that are only too easy to make look smart, if Don Draper was never seen presiding over the office in a cashmere pull-over that’s because he didn’t have access to Jil Sander.
The key here is that the finer the knit, the chicer it looks, and the easier it is to layer up with more traditionally smart pieces like shirts and ties. And classic colours like black, taupe and grey aren’t just a safer bet because they’re more conservative – they also just seem to look more expensive.
Paul Smith A/W 12
A knit might not be the most obvious thing to wear to a party, but we are heading into the depths of Winter, and of course, it’s always nice to stand out (in the right way). A party is the ideal occasion to be fashion-forward, so experimenting with texture and detailing on a cardigan or sweater is to be encouraged, and means what you’re wearing could end up as the perfect conversation starter.
If being that bold scares you, there are other ways of adding some party pizzazz to your knitwear – for instance take a tip from the Paul Smith catwalk and wear a fine knit with a brightly hued t-shirt (like this one
) underneath for a subtle but striking infusion of colour.
And if in doubt about any of the above? Invest in a simple black polo-neck
. You can wear one of those babies pretty much anywhere.
Paul Smith A/W 12