How to choose the right men’s sweater

Whether it's a novelty Christmas jumper or a practical knitted vest, jumpers are a must-have for men's winter fashion. But given its ubiquity, it's surprising how many men still aren't sure how to pick the right sweater, whether it's for a specific occasion or everyday wear.

If it's time to refresh your winter wardrobe and you're not sure how to start shopping for a new sweater, here are some helpful tips to make sure you're shopping for the right one.

First Steps to Buying a New Knitwear

A Simple Starting Point When shopping for a new sweater, consider where you're most likely to wear it. For example, if you mainly wear pullovers to work, it's worth looking for ones with small V-necklines where the shirt collar and tie knot fit easily. Office sweaters are best bought in neutral colors like black or navy blue. Also, look for a lightweight yet warm fabric like merino wool, so you can easily layer a blazer over your clothes in a pinch.

Or, if you're looking for a sweater that's perfect for wearing around the house or out with friends, you can be a little more flexible. This chunky cable knit jumper is perfect for layering with jeans and a T-shirt for an extra layer of warmth. Look for sweaters in attractive colors like red, green, or blue. A cardigan is also a great casual alternative to a sweater, especially for tall, thin men. A cardigan is also great for lounging around the house, but it's also easy to dress up with a shirt for a night out.

Creativity

One of the major developments in men's fashion in the 21st century was the rise of colorful patterned pullovers. Fair Isle knit sweaters, for example, have become especially popular in the last couple of years and look great with skinny jeans, pants, or even shorts if the summer winds are chilly.

In 2013, many different trends are vying for the attention of men's wool sweaters. In keeping with the general military trend in menswear, lime green and khaki are the key colors for sweaters this year. The bestseller 50 Shades of Gray also seemed to have had a tangible impact on the show, judging by the muted rainbow of gray fabrics on offer. For added warmth, opt for a fuchsia or burgundy jumper in one of the season's most popular colors.

Don't forget that patterned jumpers don't need to hide once the holiday season is over. Big prints, stripes and checks are the hallmarks of men's jumpers in 2013. The boldness of these pullovers means they really stand out, so pair them with simple jeans or trousers for maximum effect.