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11 best men's knitwear buys according to a fashion stylist for male celebrities

The high-street has great men's knitwear right now...

Fashion week goer wearing statement blue jumper in front of NY cab
Lauren Cunningham
Freelance Writer
Updated: September 28, 2023
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Men's knitwear can be dull. And with terms 'waffle knit', 'tight-knit' and 'cable knit' thrown around alongside 'lightweight', 'midweight' and 'heavyweight', it can sometimes seem like a minefield trying to work out exactly what you're after. But, you're in luck. As a stylist I've worked with some of the UK's favourite male celebs and TV personalities and have picked up a thing or two when it comes to spotting great menswear knits.

So, whether you're after an everyday black jumper or more of a colourful statement piece, take a look at my picks below of the best men's jumpers and cardigans to buy right now.

And remember, if in doubt, a great pair of blue jeans and a chunky boot will work with almost every knitwear option out there.

Best men's knitwear - at a glance

How I chose the best men's knitwear

  • Experience: As an experienced men's stylist, I know a great piece of knitwear when I see one, so I've found some of the high street pieces I know are popular.
  • Brands: All of the pieces I've found are from the high street, proving you don't have to spend a lot for a brilliant piece of knitwear.
  • Variety: From statement jumpers to classic knitwear.

Shop the best men's knitwear on the high street

  • M&S cashmere roll neck in navy

    M&S Cashmere Roll Neck

    Stylist notes: A classic roll neck works as the basis for so many winter outfits. From basic denim to black trousers and cargo pants, or even under a suit for a more polished look, don't underestimate the versatility of this knitwear staple.

    This cashmere M&S option elevates even the simplest outfit, and, made from cashmere, I'm struggling to find a fault with this piece. To get more wear out of it, even when the weather heats up, I'd recommend pairing with straight cut white jeans and trainers for an effortless spring look.

  • Arket Zip Neck Jumper

    Arket Zip Neck Polo Jumper

    Stylist notes: Few things are an absolute essential when it comes to fashion, but a trusty grey knit is one of them, and you'll be reaching for this one time and time again.

    Made from 100% wool for a soft feel, wear with literally anything for instant easy style points.

  • ASOS cricket jumper

    ASOS Cricket Jumper

    Stylist notes: Reminiscent of boarding schools and royals there are few things more British in our wardrobes than a classic cricket jumper. And while we may not have all gone to Eton or pulled on our crisp white kits every weekend, we can all add this style staple to our closets.

    This oversize version is a great twist on the original, keep it clean with white trainers and loose fit trousers.

  • Seasalt Cornwall Fisherman Jumper

    Seasalt Cornwall Cable Knit Jumper

    Stylist notes: Aran jumpers traditionally come from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Quickly growing in popularity the knitwear style has made it into our everyday winter wardrobe staples, and this pick is a great example.

    Made from 80% lambswool and recycled nylon, it promises to keep you warm on cooler days taking you from pub to park to winter walk with no problem. Pair with jeans and a solid pair of brown boots for everyday wear.

  • AllSaints Merino Cardigan

    AllSaints Merino Cardigan

    Stylist notes: Cardigans are in, and everyone from David Beckham and Zac Efron to Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling are already on this trend.

    This merino choice from AllSaints is great for extra texture and the camel colour pairs easily with most wardrobes. Team with a simple tee and cargo pants or blue denim with Chelsea boots for a more preppy look.

  • Superdry orange jumper

    Superdry Crew Neck Jumper

    Stylist notes: The majority of men's knitwear is black, grey or navy, and that's pretty sad. Jumpers are a great way to add a pop of colour to your outfit without much thought, and it doesn't get much better than this Superdry option.

    The bright orange colour makes it quite the standout piece, but the beauty of orange is that it works with so many other colours. Try a pair of brown cords and brown brogues for a vintage feel.

  • La Redoute striped jumper

    La Redoute Stripe Jumper

    Stylist notes: You can't beat a navy and white striped knit, especially for a trip to the pub at the weekend. This knit will be the ideal transitional piece in your wardrobe.  

  • H&M flower jumper

    H&M Floral Jumper

    Stylist notes: Granted, this one isn't for everyone. It's bold, but that's what makes it so great. Pair with white jeans and white low-top trainers and you'll have a stylist approved outfit in minutes. 

  • John Lewis roll neck jumper

    John Lewis Chunky Roll Neck

    Editor's note: A cream chunky knit is a timeless classic and this John Lewis option is no exception. Pair with white trousers, a brown leather jacket and chunky brown boots for a standout look. 

  • Reiss sweater vest

    Reiss Sweater Vest

    Stylist notes: Knitted vests are a serious trend right now, and this version is a great pick. With 95% wool, it's lovely and soft, and the neutral colourway lends it to being a style staple. Pair with a white tee, trousers and trainers for a really clean and comfy look. 

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  • Threadbare Jumper

    Threadbare Jumper with Collar

    Stylist notes: Quite a clever yet sneaky jumper, this piece has a classic shirt collar sewn in so you can wear it to the office without getting too hot. Pair with your usual work trousers and shoes for an easy throw on morning routine. 

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