The 10 Best men's sweaters

Winter and Christmas may be nigh but you don’t have to wear reindeers on your pully. Here are some stylish alternatives

1. Raf Simons

Graphic prints on knits is key this winter, so it’s fantastic to see a talented designer like Raf Simons give his thought-provoking take on the trend. The tiny head motif gives a classic roll-neck sweater a much needed lift. Wear under a tailored suit.


2. ami

Launched in 2011, this Parisian label has its eye firmly focused on a customer looking for stylish and unpretentious clothes and this knit encapsulates that perfectly. The yarn is made from a mix of wools including alpaca, which is hypo-allergenic so less irritating than other wools. Wear with slim-fit trousers.


3. French Connection

The colours in this lambwool knit from French Connection have a very reassuring autumn feel to them. Both the grey and navy stripes sit perfectly with the larger olive core. Wear over a white shirt.


4. Reiss

Colour blocking works best when the shades complement one another as this felted wool jumper from Reiss shows. The blue and greys work well together in an understated way.


5. J Crew

Wearing patterned knitwear can become almost compulsory during the run-up to the festive season. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your style credentials at the door. This colourful Fair Isle knit from J Crew is an effective way of wearing this trend, without it wearing you.


6. Crew

Wool isn’t everybody’s friend – soft cotton knitwear is a great alternative to potentially itchy or rough-feeling yarns. This first-rate relaxed knit can be worn over a T-shirt with slim-fit indigo jeans.


7. Topman

Usually associated with a smart tailored suit, it’s refreshing to see the houndstooth pattern used as an overblown, eye-catching design on this jumper from Topman. Wear this with black denim jeans to complete your look.


8. Sunspel

Sunspel excels at understated luxury in whatever it does and using a cashmere specialist based in Scotland ensures only the softest yarn in its knits. This navy jumper has added impact with its striking red circle motif.


9. YMC

YMC has been designing clothes for the discerning gent for more than 15 years now. Their ocean blue jumper adds a healthy splash of colour to your winter wardrobe; made from brushed wool to give a worn feel, the subtle, ribbed detailing on the collar, cuffs and hem gives it a classy finish.


10. Tu

Shopping around for a good-quality knit if you’re on a very tight budget isn’t ever going to be an easy task. Itchy, scratchy cheap yarns will block you at nearly every turn. However, this knit from Tu has lots in its favour – the fitted shape and relatively good-quality wool is finished off with fetching shoulder-patch details.