Waffle Is More Wearable Than Ever

Waffle Is
More Wearable Than Ever

The knit hiking material is suddenly fashion’s most sought-after fabric

Best men's waffle-knit styles in 2023

This time of year is tough to get dressed for because some days are cold and sunny, other days are warm and rainy. A waffle-knit thermal is ideal to take on this level of unpredictability. It's essentially engineered to insulate while remaining breathable and adding a shot of texture to any outfit. But we're not just talking about thermals anymore. The fabric has graduated from a simple layering piece into other silhouettes like pants, slippers, robes and overshirts. Of course, this is typically a fall fabric, but a wide range of brands today are repurposing it to be a year-round staple. The key is to find a relaxed shape or to even size up—waffle material is surprisingly light and sits comfortably on the skin, as long as it's not itchy like wool.

One standout piece that uses the fabric in a fresh way is a cardigan. The casual cover looks great in the summertime over a T-shirt or can be layered with a denim shirt on cooler days. There are also a few waffle accessories, from hats that keep your head warm and dry to some chic house slippers that will keep your toes warm but not sweaty. However you style those grid-like ridges is up to you, but we've picked over a dozen to point you in the right direction.


The Best Men’s
Waffle Styles in 2023

Reigning Champ Flatback Thermal Cardigan

A classic-fitting cardigan in a waffle-thermal fabric finished with durable snap buttons and semi-raglan sleeves for added comfort.

Flatback thermal cardigan,
$170 by Reigning Champ

Rototo Cotton Waffle Crew Socks

Cotton waffle crew socks,
$32 by Rototo

Percival Waffle Everyday Trouser
Percival Waffle Everyday Trouser

Everyday loose trousers in waffle featuring a drawstring, back pocket, and there’s even an overshirt to match.

Everyday loose trousers in waffle featuring a drawstring, back pocket, and there’s even an overshirt to match.

Waffle everyday trouser,
$165 by Percival

A lightweight sweater designed from recycled cashmere and wool blend—this henley is the ideal layer to pull over all your favorite tees.

Shelter waffle henley,
$298 by Outerknown

Taylor Stitch Apres Pant

Après pant,
$118 / $94.40 by Taylor Stitch


Outdoor Voices Fasttrack Waffle Long-Sleeve
Outdoor Voices Fasttrack Waffle Long-Sleeve

Fasttrack waffle long-sleeve,
$68 by Outdoor Voices

COS Regular-Fit Knitted Polo

Regular-fit knitted polo,
$89 by COS

Nicholas Daley Waffle Cotton Sweater

Waffle cotton sweater,
$270 by Nicholas Daley

A made-in-the-USA 12 oz. thermal built for year-round wear.

Long-sleeve thermal,
$98 by imogene + willie

RRL Waffle Crewneck

Waffle crewneck,
$125 by RRL

Lusso Cloud Nomad Waffle Slip-On

Nomad waffle slip-on,
$135 / $95 by Lusso Cloud


Todd Snyder Merino Waffle Crew Sweater

Merino waffle crew sweater,
$228 by Todd Snyder

Filson Waffle Thermal Crewneck

Waffle thermal crewneck,
$95 by Filson

Parachute Waffle Robe

Waffle robe,
$129 by Parachute

Everlane Waffle Hoodie

Waffle hoodie,
$75 by Everlane

Frescobol Carioca Rino Knit Polo
Frescobol Carioca Rino Knit Polo

Rino knit polo,
$295 by Frescobol Carioca

Abercrombie & Fitch Long-Sleeve Waffle Button-Up

Long-sleeve waffle button-up,
$80 / $24.97 by Abercrombie & Fitch

Druthers NYC Organic Cotton Waffle Beanie

Organic cotton waffle beanie,
$60 by Druthers NYC

Waffles in
the kitchen?

Besides wearing something in waffle fabric, you can dry your dishes off with them too.

Everyday hand towel,
$24 / $20 by Sunny Home

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