Knitwear has been experiencing something of a comeback over the past few years, and is now no longer strictly associated with Christmas jumpers or something that you might dig out of the back of the wardrobe on a cold day. Knitwear for men has particularly enjoyed a style resurgence, with a wide range of different styles available, from cable knits to chunky knits, cardigans and crew necks.
So, then, why has knitwear made such a comeback, and how can you best make use of men’s knitwear in 2013? The popularity of knitwear has largely been down to designers investing in fitted styles, and to the recognition of the practicality of different types of knitwear for layering and outfit combinations. Fitted jumpers can work particularly well as a way of wearing motifs and stripes, while cropped sleeve jumpers can give designers more opportunity to experiment with geometric patterns. Catwalk collections from designer labels such as Dolce & Gabbana have also contributed to knitwear becoming more stylish.
The versatility of knitwear has been one of the major reasons behind its recent popularity. Cardigans, for example, can be worn as statement items in their own right, or can be left open and worn as an alternative to jackets. Marl cardigans with contrasting navy colors also tie into recent nautical trends, while zipped cardigans from brands like Twisted Soul can offer wearers plenty of comfort and sharp lines during different seasons. Other options include wearing knitwear with designer denim and flat caps for a vintage look.
In terms of more designer-oriented looks, short sleeved jumpers, and chunkier knits from brands like Burberry have placed an emphasis on vintage trends that can be worn in oversized styles to accentuate the quality of wool blends. Marble patterned knits that feature white flecks have particularly worked as a way for wearers to show off the materials behind their jumpers; these styles of knitwear are also valuable for their longevity.
Some other trends that have underpinned the success of knitwear include the ability to mix them with tweed and cashmere, as well as with chinos. Fair Isle knits, and navy wool polo necks have also offered some variety in terms of style choices for wearers, while recent collections from designers like Tom Ford have experimented with hand knitted wool and cashmere turtlenecks as statement clothing.
Knitwear’s comeback can consequently be attributed to a number of factors, including the wide range of different style options that they provide, as well as to the chance for designers to experiment with high quality wool blends and other materials. Wearers can particularly enjoy the comfort of knitwear, as well as its versatility as a layering item worn as an alternative to jackets, and as a way to accentuate designs and fabrics with clothes that hold their value at all times of the year.