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Men’s Fashion Tips – Knitwear And Jumpers Guide For Autumn/Winter

By Michael Adams | Tuesday, 10th October, 2017

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Autumn is here and Winter is here, so that can only mean layering and getting some knitwear and jumpers for the upcoming season. I love knitwear and jumpers, there is a huge variety of styles, colours, patterns and fabrics to buy, and you can create a great deal of different looks, depending on the style you would like to go for. I will showcase 10 of the biggest brands and fashion labels, from the more modest and budget friendly end of the high street, to some higher end brands and fabrics.

Fabrics – Wools, Blends And Cotton

When you think of knits and jumpers you probably think of wool, but not all are wool, at least not 100% wool. Some at the cheaper end are a blend of wool and other materials, including cotton, the mix of the fabrics can even be only 5% wool. Typically, it’s a better option to go for wool, they are usually better quality and usually cost a little more, depending on the brand you go for. But there are different types of wool too. The reason why there are different wools is because they are from different sheep (or other animals). Wool jumpers are not for everyone, but they’re a really good thing to have in your wardrobe. The other option for layering would be sweatshirts, which are usually 100% cotton, and you can find out more in my sweatshirt guide for this seasons best.

Lambswool – It’s the wool from a lamb, typically any lamb, and is commonly the first shearing of the lamb. It’s fine and soft.
Merino Wool – Is always from a Merino Sheep, and is usually thinner and cooler than other wools. It’s usually better quality than lambswool, but since it can be more fine if you wear a shirt under your Marino knit it may show through.
Cashmere – From the cashmere goat, it’s probably the best wool which you’ll come across when buying. It’s really soft and high quality, and is usually expensive, especially if you’re buying from a high end brand. If you’d like to know more, check out my cashmere guide.
Cashmere Blends – A lot of fashion brands sell “cashmere blends” and other forms of blends. This means that it will contain some cashmere, but you should check the label with regards to how much cashmere. A lot of fashion brands do this because most people associate cashmere with quality, so even if there is only 2% cashmere they can say it’s a cashmere blend. Always go for the real deal if you actually want cashmere.

Types Of Knits

Fine Knit – These are very soft, plain styles of knits which many jumpers use
Cable Knit – Knitted using a Cable stitch, these types of sweaters have thick, cable knitted patterns
Ribbed – The jumper has a ribbed texture, which is usually vertical but can also be horizontal or patterned.

Necklines: V-Neck and Crew Neck

The two main necklines are V-neck and Crew neck, also called round neck collar. They are both self explanatory to what they actually are, but when would you wear each one, and what with?


V-Necks expose your under layer, so a shirt is required for this look. When choosing your V-Neck sweater, make sure you own a shirt, or buy a shirt which compliments the colour of the sweater you have. You’ll probably have three layers on your upper body (shirt, knit, jacket/coat) so make sure they compliment each other well to create a good look which works for the occasion. Wearing a V-Neck without anything under, especially in the colder months is not so stylish and should be avoided.

Crew Neck

Round neck collar knits are slightly more versatile, since they cover your whole neck there is not a need to layer if you don’t feel the need. Having said that, there is still plenty room to layer, wearing a shirt under with the collar exposed will maintain the layered look, make sure you choose colours which compliment each other well.

Colours & Patterns

For this season there is no set rules for colour. You can create a more monotone and minimal style by choosing black, greys and dark blues, which will work well in both a casual and more formal situation. You can brighten up your look by adding colour; A brighter blue, red, green, brown and even purples can work perfectly well and will add a bit of colour to your look. Patterns and prints can also be quite smart, as long they are not loud, and are quite minimal in the colour palette.

Check out 30 of the best knitwear for this season from 10 of the best fashion brands, check out the colours, fabrics and styles on offer this season.


High Street Clothing Brands


Autumn/Winter Jumpers From H&M

  • H&M Merino Wool Jumper – £34.99
  • H&M V-Neck Cashmere Knit – £79.99
  • H&M Merino Wool Blend Jumper – £19.99

H&M have a large collection of knitwear, jumpers and sweaters at lots of price points. Check out their Edition range for the more premium offerings, with 100% cashmere options available too. For a more budget jumper, you can get a cotton variation for under £20.


Uniqlo Jumpers For Autumn/Winter 2017

  • Uniqlo Lambswool Sweater – £19.90
  • Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Grey – £34.99
  • Uniqlo 100% Cashmere In Kakhi – £79.90

Uniqlo has a range of sweaters available at different price points, including a 100% cashmere offering for only £79.90. For 100% wool, choose their extra fine merino knits which are available in an array of colours, including timeless grey as shown. Lambswool options are also available, in this cream colour as well as others.


Zara AW17 Jumpers

  • Zara Merino Jumper – £29.99
  • Zara Alpaca Wool Jersey – £49.99
  • Zara Cashmere Knit – £89.99

This season Zara has a range of knits to suit all budgets, including 100% merino wool jumpers for £29.99 in a range of colours, as well as the premium cashmere options for £89.99. There’s plenty of other choice for keeping warm this season, with plenty patterns, colours and different styles on offer.


River Island

River Island Jumper Guide For 2017

  • River Island Blue Jumper With Stripe Detail – £35
  • River Island Black Textured Slim Fit Knit – £28
  • River Island Basket Stitch Jumper – £30

This year River Island are offering more and more of their jumper line up in different fabrics from wool, with more pieces being made from acrylic or cotton, or a mix of fabrics, which results in a textured finish. There’s plenty of distinctive patterns and styles, including a blue knit with block pattern which is very striking.

Mango MAN

Mango MAN Jumpers For AW17

  • Mango Man Cotton-Cashmere Blend Jumper – £35.99
  • Mango MAN Cable Knit Sweater – £59.99
  • Cotton Chunky Knit Sweater – £49.99

From Mango MAN I have selected a cable knit jumper which comes in a really nice grey colour and is brand new for this season, along with a cotton-cashmere blend knit which is at a really good price. The last item up is a chunky knit sweater, great for those cold nights in or out.

Premium High Street Clothing Brands


Reiss Autumn/Winter Jumper Tips

  • Reiss CHARMER Wool & Cashmere Knit – £95
  • Reiss WESSEX Merino Jumper – £85
  • Reiss HEATHFIELD Textured Jumper – £95

As always Reiss has a lot of good options for layering this season, with plenty of jumpers and knits on offer at a premium high street price point.


Gant Autumn Sweater Tips

  • Gant  Cable Knit In Grey – £110
  • Gant Lambswool Crewneck In Red – £95
  • Gant Fine Knit Merino Jumper – £100

Gant has a huge offering of different styles of knits with different compositions, including cashmere, merino and other wool combinations. Gant offer most of their jumpers in a vast number of colours, so they will have something which you’re looking for.


Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss Jumpers For Autumn/Winter

  • Hugo Boss V Neck Sweater In Virgin Wool – £109
  • Boss Crew Neck Jumper With Virgin Wool – £109
  • HUGO By Boss Slim fit V-Neck In Merino Wool – £109

Depending on your budget, Hugo Boss has several different options from their different sub labels, including Boss Green, Boss Orange, Hugo Boss, and HUGO, with different emphasis on style, luxury and lifestyle. There’s plenty on offer, with many costing just under £110 from the luxury menswear brand.

Hopefully these will keep you warm this Autumn and Winter! As always, if you’re looking for more information, check out my men’s fashion tips for advice and style guides on what to wear this season, and what’s currently hot in the menswear world.

Michael Adams

Written By: Michael

Founder and editor of Michael 84, A UK men's blogs covering the best of fashion, style, tech, grooming, fragrances and lifestyle.

  1. Jamie Said,

    I really liked the blue knitwear from Hugo Boss. I used to have a similar one from another brand back in school.

    posted on Friday 21st October, 2016 at 6:18
  2. Michael Said,

    Yeah that looks very nice 🙂

    posted on Friday 21st October, 2016 at 14:08

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