Whether itís a novelty Christmas jumper or a practical knitted tank top, jumpers are a staple of winter menswear. But given their ubiquity, itís surprising how many men are still unsure of how to pick the right jumper, whether itís for a particular occasion or for every day wear.
If itís time to revamp your winter wardrobe and youíre not sure how to start buying new jumpers, here are a few handy tips to make sure you get it right.
The First Steps To Buying New Knitwear
An easy starting point when buying a new jumper is considering where youíre most likely to wear it. If you mostly wear jumpers to work for instance, itís worth looking for ones with a small v-neck, over which the collar of your shirt and knot of your tie can easily sit. Office jumpers are best bought in neutral colours, like black or navy. In addition, look for fabrics that are thin but warm like Merino wool, so you can easily wear a suit jacket over your outfit when necessary.
Alternatively, if youíre looking for jumpers to wear at home or when youíre out with friends, you can be a little more flexible. Chunky cable-knit jumpers are great for throwing on over jeans and a t-shirt for an extra layer of warmth. Look for jumpers in inviting colours, like red, green or blue. Cardigans are a great casual alternative to jumpers too, and are particularly flattering on tall and lean men. Cardigans are also ideal for dressing down at home, but can be easily dressed up when worn with a shirt on a night out.
One of the key developments in menís fashion over the 21st century has been the rise of colourful, patterned jumpers. Over the last two years, for example, Fair Isle knit jumpers have become particularly popular and these look great worn with jeans, trousers or even over fitted shorts if thereís a chilly wind in summer.
In 2013, a number of different trends are competing for attention on menís wool jumpers. In keeping with the general military trend in menís fashion, grey-greens and khaki hues are dominating jumpers this year. Bestseller 50 Shades of Grey seems to have made a literal impact on catwalks too, judging by the muted rainbow of grey knitwear on offer. For something with a little more warmth, choose a jumper in plum or Bordeaux, one of this seasonís most popular colours.
And donít forget, patterned jumpers donít need to be hidden away once the festive period is over. Big patterns, stripes and checks are a prominent feature on menís jumpers in 2013. The boldness of these jumpers mean they really hold their own, so pair with simple jeans or trousers for maximum effect.