The Essential Sweaters in Every Well-Dressed Man’s Closet


Fall is sweater season—you know this. But when was the last time you scrutinized your sweater lineup? Allow us to help: Here are six essential styles to rotate through until warmer temps return.


Consider it the workhorse of your sweater pile: The neckline makes it easy to wear solo or layered over a collared shirt.

Our Pick: John Varvatos Star USA V-Neck Sweater, $198




Dressing just got easier. Step one: Throw on crewneck sweater. Step two: Pair with any pants you like—chinos, beat-up jeans, dress pants, tailored jogger pants are all fair game here.

Our Pick: Uniqlo Men Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater, $40

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Wear an elevated sweater version of a hoodie under a denim jacket and you’ll look like a layering master.

Our Pick: Vince Slub Cotton Racking Stitch Thermal Hooded Sweater, $165




You’ve already got a rugged vest. Now, meet its best bud. (Just look for a half-zip with a warm fabric and a stand-up collar.)

Our Pick: Bonobos Lambswool Half-Zip, $108




Not exactly winter-coat weather? Then you can probably get away with wearing a cardigan as your outermost layer. Choose one in a neutral, go-with-everything hue.

Our Pick: Gap Shawl Cardigan, $70

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Cable Knit

Not every cable knit sweater you come across will be begging to be worn on fall’s chilliest days (damn you, itchy wool). So when you find one that does, snag it in three colors.

Our Pick: Club Monaco Merino Cable Crew Sweater, $279

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Photo Credits: Wall Street Journal, Nordstrom, Uniqlo, Vince, Bonobos, Gap and Club Monaco