The New Essentials

Elevate Your Style
With a Knit Shirt

The modern classic remains the undisputed champ of spring style

Best men's knit shirts spring 2024
Best men's knit shirts spring 2024

It’s not always easy to pull on the same fits you see A-list celebrities from Ryan Gosling and Michael B. Jordan to Dwayne Johnson and Tom Holland wearing when they're out looking like leading men. The red carpet can be a pretty wild place these days. But there's definitely one item that's become something of a hero piece (and you don't have to play a superhero to wear it). We're talking about the knit shirt.

Over the past few seasons, it's gone from a rogue, vintage-inspired piece that early adopters mixed into their warm weather wardrobes to a bonafide menswear staple. Why? Well, it's seriously cool. These soft styles, knit from cotton, linen or lightweight wool yarn give you an immediate rich-looking, throwback vibe. Like there's a Rat Pack swagger knitted into each and every one. Decidedly more dressy than the standard button-downs and polos, these shirts have a luxe, worldly air to them and can be worn with everything from chinos and shorts to a pair of equally right-now pleated pants.

What's more, they look good on just about anyone and every body type. Which is another reason why they've become a go-to for celebrities of all shapes and sizes. Put another way: The knit polo has range! Plus, if you don't want to wear a tie with your lightweight suit, these look particularly chill under a jacket. In short, they're as easy to pull on as your everyday T-shirt, but with their retro collars and soothing textures, they make for a one-step move to nail sophisticated warm weather style.


The Best
Knit Shirts
for Men in 2024

The Italian fabric features a jacquard stripe in black and tan for subtle texture. It’s also incredibly breathable.

Jacquard knit shirt,
$278 by Todd Snyder

Corridor Knit cotton shirt

Knit cotton shirt,
$395 by Corridor

NN07 Open knit polo

Open knit polo,
$285 by NN07

This has a slightly boxy, cropped silhouette, with an airy crochet-style embroidered stitching throughout.

Crochet button-through knit shirt,
$80 / $68 by Abercrombie & Fitch

Everlane No Sweat knit polo

“No Sweat” knit polo,
$110 by Everlane

Mr P. Open knit ribbed polo

Open knit ribbed polo,
$325 by Mr P.

A luxe, sophisticated version of a knit polo, made from organic cotton with a touch of cashmere for added softness.

Cotton/cashmere knit polo,
$128 by Wills


Bonobos Hudson cabana knit shirt

Hudson cabana knit shirt,
$119 by Bonobos

Suitsupply Crochet button-less knit polo

Crochet button-less knit polo,
$159 by Suitsupply

OAS Atlas crochet knit shirt

Atlas crochet knit shirt,
$170 by OAS

A tonal and graphic knit take on a camp-collar shirt that looks good layered over a tee or tank.

Asher knit button-down,
$128 / $88 by Marine Layer

Percival Saturn knit shirt
Percival Saturn knit shirt

Saturn knit shirt,
$225 by Percival

Alex Mill Aldrich knit shirt

Aldrich knit shirt,
$150 by Alex Mill

Oliver Spencer Penhale knit polo

Penhale knit polo,
$265 by Oliver Spencer


Mr P. Honeycomb wool knit polo

Honeycomb wool knit polo,
$325 by Mr P.

COS Boucle knit shirt

This is a modern take on a vintage resort shirt, knit from a nubby bouclé organic cotton blend.

Boucle knit shirt,
$120 by COS

J.Crew Cotton-tipped knit polo

Cotton-tipped knit polo,
$89.50 / $49.50 by J.Crew

Textured cotton
long-sleeve knit polo,
$85 by Arket

Banana Republic Headlands open-knit polo
Banana Republic Headlands open-knit polo

Headlands open-knit polo,
$90 by Banana Republic

rag & bone Felix cotton knit shirt

A lightweight cotton-nylon knit gives this shirt a flowy, retro look.

Felix cotton knit shirt,
$265 / $135 by rag & bone

Todd Snyder Long-sleeve cabana knit polo

Long-sleeve cabana knit polo,
$288 by Todd Snyder

Madewell Long-sleeve button knit polo

Long-sleeve button knit polo,
$109.99 / $89.99 by Madewell

Zara Textured long-sleeve knit polo

Textured long-sleeve knit polo,
$59.90 by Zara

Knit Maintenance

Depending on how and where you wear these shirts (with or without an undershirt), they should be laundered every two to three wearings. And the more complicated the knit, the more likely you’ll want to hand wash it. The design team at Percival says to “make a morning of it” and put on a playlist or podcast that you like. “Mix warm water with mild liquid soap, and soak your knitwear in it for five minutes. Carefully rinse it, then squeeze out excess water, but in the name of all that is holy do not twist it. Then lay flat on a drying rack or towel and reshape to let dry. Don’t hang it up on a line or a hanger because it’s gonna stretch.”

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