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The knitwear style to know this season

The knitwear style to know this season

It’s here. It’s finally arrived, and we couldn’t think of a better time worth ditching our summer shirts for. We’re talking, of course, about knitwear season. The time of the year when swapping out lightweight items in favour of woolly textures and hibernating in them until spring is perfectly acceptable. If the latter is the case for you, then it may be worth investing in a few styles that stand up to the long winter months (and help you look stylish while you’re at it).

To help you find the styles that tick both of those boxes, we turned to Toby Standing, our resident knitwear aficionado and menswear stylist. His advice? “Go for a rollneck style – they’ve been having a moment year after year, and this season will be no exception. Plus, they’re basically a hug made of wool.” If that wasn’t convincing enough, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you choose and style a rollneck knit this season.

What to look for

This season will see the return of the big textural knits – the kind once worn by early 20th-century arctic explorers. “Think about channelling your inner Robert Falcon Scott (of Scott’s expedition) when choosing your knit,” Toby says. They should feel weighty and include statement textures such as basket weaves and chunky ribbing.

“Like most classic menswear items, neutral colours work best for these kinds of knits. A rich navy shade brings a moody, coastal feeling to your look. Something in oatmeal or cream, on the other hand, will make you feel like you want to cosy up at home writing your next great American novel à la Ernest Hemingway – a true icon of the rollneck jumper.” 

How to wear it

Layer it according to the weather

“Use the rollneck knit as your outermost layer when temperatures start to dip,” Toby says. “And when cold snaps come, treat it as a trusty mid-layer.” A practical coat – one that matches its hardy aesthetic – is ideal for wearing over the top. Think a tough
wax jacket or thick puffer coat.

Pair with hard-wearing trousers

Something as robust as the heavyweight rollneck knit deserves a pair of trousers to match. Plus, you’ll likely be wearing this cosy jumper on chilly days, so choosing trousers that are equally as warm is a smart move. “Go for a hard-wearing pair,” Toby recommends, “like pure wool trousers.” 

You may be conjuring up images of tailored dress trousers, but we’re thinking something more casual – like a relaxed cut with a slightly shorter hem. 

Finish with sturdy boots

“Complete the look with some tough boots, and you’ll feel very smug when you’re heading out on your chilly hikes around the park,” Toby says. A pair with a thick cleated sole, lace-up front, and ski-style hooks will nod to the classic, hiker-style appeal of this look. 

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Words: Ashlie Brombley
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Millie Rich
Styling assistant: Toby Standing