10 best men's jumpers

Finally, the cold weather is coming. Make sure you have knitwear to see you through the icy spell

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We’ve found jumpers to help you up your sartorial game this January. On this list are a mix of ultra-useful knits in versatile colours from the high street, alongside some more luxurious investment pieces – both classic and statement  that you’ll be wearing for many winters to come. Some are one hundred per cent wool, or have a high wool-count to keep you super cosy, others are cotton mixes you can layer-up during a cold snap. 

1. Benetton Jacquard Sweater: £45, United Colors of Benetton

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Benetton started life as a knitwear specialist, and its jumpers are well worth a look. This one, in a cool monochrome palette, is over 70 per cent wool so will keep you seriously cosy, yet you’ll still get change from fifty quid. 

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2. Next Roll Neck: £22, Next

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It’s hard to ignore the fact that roll necks are everywhere this season. Here’s a classic cotton-mix one that’s super-easy to wear, and you’ll be glad of that high neck when the mercury drops. 

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3. Folk Waffle-Knit Wool-Blend Sweater: £160, Mr Porter 

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Folk has long stuck to an ethos of avoiding trends in favour of well-made, contemporary staples. Our pick of the latest knitwear collection is this textured jumper in suits-all navy. There’s some cotton in the mix, so it’s soft against skin. 

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4. Whistles Camouflage-Patterned Sweater: £145, Whistles 

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Whistles’ menswear has gained a dedicated following since its launch, and while there are some plainer pieces in the latest collection, we like this standout but still versatile merino wool jumper in cool camo.

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5. Topman Mustard Yoke Texture Crew: £32, Topman 

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If you live in black, greys and blues, maybe it’s time to give yellows a go. This cotton mix, crew-neck jumper with a textured top half is in a very wearable shade and is a wallet-friendly way to ensure your January wardrobe cuts the mustard (sorry).  

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6. Norse Projects Colour Block: £115, Norse Projects  

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Made in Scotland from native yarn that’s been brushed to give it a “hairy” appearance, this lambswool jumper in striking block colours looks and feels just the thing you need to combat the incoming Arctic blast. It’s made for the Copenhagen-based Norse Projects, so you’re investing in a bit of Scandi cool, to boot. 

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7. Christopher Raeburn Hanging Orangutan Knit Crew: £225, Christopher Raeburn

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Followers of fashion will have heard of hot Brit designer Christopher Raeburn, who was showcasing his autumn/winter range week as part of London Collections: Men. You can snap up a knit from his spring offering, featuring his latest mascot: the orang-utan, seen here on a relaxed-fit crew.

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8. John Smedley Marcus Merino Wool Sweater: £140, Mr Porter

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If you’re looking to invest in knitwear – and we’re talking a jumper that will last years if you look after it –  try British luxury brand John Smedley. Its classic knits are made from the highest quality materials, like this rich red sweater made from New Zealand-sourced merino wool that’s both fine and hard-wearing.  

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9. Chest Stripe Drifter Sweater: £50, Lands' End

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This one from US casualwear brand is crafted from hard-wearing but soft ringspun cotton that you can wear all year round. It’s a classic fit, so there’s plenty of room for layers. 

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10. Uniqlo Cashmere Cable Crew Neck Sweater: £29.90, Uniqlo

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For affordable, decent quality knits, try Japanese brand Uniqlo. This cotton jumper is blended with five per cent cashmere to make it that bit softer, warmer and more luxe-feeling. Comes in range of colours including this wear-with-everything grey. 

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Verdict

Try Uniqlo for good-value staples. Its cashmere-blend pieces are well worth seeking out. If you can stretch to it, John Smedley’s knits are a sound investment

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