We get it. These can be tricky. They got a bad rap because so many men have abused the style with ill-fitting sweaters made from crap material. But when pulled off correctly, they make for a sharp style. Texture is key. Think of a fine gauge turtleneck as underwear. Layer a slim style under your suit or denim jacket or go with a sturdier knit made from heavier wool and leave your scarf at home.
To Roll or Not to Roll: Comfort trumps all, especially when it's cold out. So don't be afraid to stretch out the collar a bit or even leave it unfurled and messy.
Known as both a fisherman's sweater or an Aran sweater, the garment's name is derived from the Aran islands off the western coast of Ireland, where the style was first invented. Traditionally cream in color and always chunky in texture, the woolen sweaters were first knit by the fishermen's wives. Today's best versions come in a slew of styles and colors with a more modern fit.
Traditional Aran sweaters contain anywhere from four to six different cable patterns knitted into them.
Crew Neck Sweaters
A simple crew neck sweater is a fool-proof staple that will take you from the start of fall through winter and into the early days of spring. Layer them over T-shirts and button-downs, and under everything from puffer vests to sports coats. It's because they're versatile that you want to look for ones that keep the design simple but the texture unique.
If you're the type that gets hot, opt for a cotton version like the ones here from the Gap and Topman.
If your sweater game consists solely of solids and maybe a few stripes, broaden your sartorial horizons with a bold graphic sweater. There's a lot this fall, from Jack Spade's nautical flag meets paper airplanes print to old school styles like L.L. Bean's archival bird's-eye pattern. But remember, a graphic sweater should be eye-catching, not distracting—so keep the pants and shirt understated.
J.Crew's Galloway sweater is a slimmer, less scratchy version of the classic Norwegian sweater.
It's rare that a piece of clothing can be both laid back and dignified, but the shawl collar cardigan is just that. Perhaps that's why it remains a seasonal staple year after year. Whether you're pairing it with a T-shirt and jeans or a shirt and tie with flannel trousers, the shawl collar is the best of both worlds—it feels like you're wearing an old sweatshirt, but you instantly look put-together.