The Best Men’s Sweaters to Look Cool While Staying Warm

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Sweater weather never lasts long enough. So when it’s time to replenish your wardrobe with the best men’s sweaters to sport this season, excitement ensues. Whether you’re an avid sweater collector (like our site director Tim Werth) or need a few new pieces to spice up your style as temperatures drop, there are myriad sweater options to choose from.

If you’re a fashion-trend follower, you’ve got seemingly endless choices; there are logo, intarsia, jacquard, shrunken and deep V-neck styles. Fair Isle sweaters — beloved by anyone who watches Brit coms — are getting their spotlight. Bright shades, neutrals and earth tones are also trending. And yes, a few more sweater trends are popping up, such as abstract prints, hoodie sweaters, novelty printed sweaters; even sweaters from the 70s, 80s and 90s are back with a vengeance. Did we mention that logomania is now a knitted wonderland? All these styles are available in the following options:

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Though that might seem like a lot, it doesn’t end there. Technically speaking, you can also find some of the best hoodies, zip-ups and sweatshirts to file under the best men’s sweaters. Though we wouldn’t consider these dressy as the other options listed above, they certainly fall in sweater territory as far as many guys are concerned, just for a different kind of occasion.

Some sweaters are super dependent on your personal sense of style and level of comfort, meaning we don’t recommend you snag one of each kind (unless you’re SPY’s site director — we see you, Tim). For example, some dudes cannot pull off a sweater vest without looking like Poindexter. In contrast, others can effortlessly incorporate it into their everyday street style by pairing it with the best men’s joggers of the season or a pair of stylish jeans. At the same time, some sweaters are perfect for just about any kind of guy. Take the classic crewneck, for example. We suggest this style for all types of guys, no matter their style, simply because it’s easy to incorporate into your everyday look.

Below you’ll find the men’s sweaters SPY editors are shopping this year because whether shopping for ourselves or looking for the best sweaters to give as gifts, we can always use more stylish sweaters in our shopping cart.

With dozens of different options, we’re sure there has to be something you’ll like, so check out our top picks for the best men’s sweaters below.

  

1. Amazon Essentials Men’s Midweight Crewneck Sweater

BEST OVERALL

You can never, ever go wrong with a solid color crew neck sweater. It’s the workhorse of any wardrobe you can wear with jeans, chinos, joggers, dress pants, you name it. But, is Amazon actually the best? We think so, and here’s why: The cotton/nylon/wool blend means it has a rich, luxe feel, but doesn’t have to be dry-cleaned. It’s available in all the solid colors you would need to round out any standard wardrobe. The elastic at the cuffs and waist is fitted so it looks great with a collared shirt, but not so tight it blouses out and doesn’t lay flat. If all of this isn’t enough, the price is right. It’s not fast-fashion — the quality stands up to wear — but it’s not going to break the bank. If you ask us, what else do you need from your sweater?

Under $30!
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Amazon Essentials Midweight Crewneck Sweater

$27.80

  

2. Club Room Fair Isle Cashmere Sweater

BEST UPDATED CLASSIC

Patterned sweaters are selling well this season, and you can’t go wrong with one crafted from cashmere (especially at this price). The classic Fair Isle pattern seen here by Club Room has so many colors in it; you can wear it with anything. For a change of pace, try it on the weekend with joggers and dad shoes.

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Club Room Fair Isle Cashmere Sweater

$129.50

  

3. Solid Homme Black V-Neck Sweater

BEST V-NECK

Who knew that the basic V-neck sweater would become a trendy item? Not only are they a “big thing” for fall and winter, but this year, the deeper the “V,” the better. So, how do you wear an oversized deep-v sweater? Wear it over anything from a simple crew neck T-shirt to a lightweight button-up shirt.

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Solid Homme Black V-Neck Sweater

$295.00

  

4. Schott Wool Blend Pullover Sweater

BEST CONVERTIBLE

For almost 100 years, Schott’s been creating iconic motorcycle jackets, and the brand’s new sweater collection promises to be just as iconic. Wear this thick-textured sweater unbuttoned and relaxed or buttoned up and … still relaxed. It would look equally as charming with dark jeans as it would pinstripes.

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Schott Wool Blend Pullover Sweater

$140.00

  

5. Nordstrom Tech-Smart Crew Neck Sweater

MOST INNOVATIVE

Athleisure trends have permeated the world of knitting, and this sweater from Nordstrom is a perfect example. Merino wool blends with CoolMax, a moisture-wicking fabric knitted, or should we say “engineered,” to help regulate your body temperature so that you’re feeling fine all the time. This regular-fit sweater is also available in a thin stripe version.

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Nordstrom Tech-Smart Crew Neck Sweater

$89.50

  

6. Scotch & Soda Monsanto Sweater

BEST CABLEKNIT

We’re seeing texture everywhere this year when it comes to knitwear. Maybe it’s because we’ve spent so long working from home, we’ve become tactile-oriented when it comes to getting dressed. That must be why knit variations that afford visual interest and a sense of comfort (think of your childhood woobie) are huge. This touchable, chunky cable knit sweater seriously fits the bill with its slightly oversized fit and dropped shoulders.

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Scotch & Soda Monsanto Sweater

$128.00

  

7. Bellemere New York Dual Color Cashmere Sweater

BEST CASHMERE

Bellmere New York is an ethical cashmere company; they have a transparent supply chain and work with Mongolian farmers to ensure an animal and eco-friendly concern. Their neutral two-tone crew neck sweater’s an instant classic. The sleeves and shoulders are a deeper tone than the body of the sweater.

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Bellemere NY Dual Color Cashmere Sweater

$420.00

  

8. Bonobos Limited Edition Crew Neck Sweater in Pretty Birds 

BEST NOVELTY

Add a little personality to your sweater selection with this stylish statement piece from Bonobos. Sweaters showcasing scenes, animals and general kitschy-ness, a la the 70s, are big this season. For some reason, someone years ago named that genre of sweaters “novelty,” and it stuck. Maybe the underlying gentle humor of this genre is an antidote to a terrible year. Whatever the reason, they’re cool, fun and sure to brighten up a gloomy winter’s day. While Bonobos’ parrots aren’t chatty, they’ll certainly spark a conversation. This fit also comes in a lobster pattern or three solid colors if parrots aren’t your thing.

Bonobos Limited Edition Crew Neck Sweater in Pretty Birds, best sweaters Courtesy of Bonobos

Bonobos Pretty Birds Sweater

$129.00

  

9. SHEIN Zebra Pattern Sweater

RUNNER UP

Love the idea of owning one of the new novelty sweaters that are trending this fall but want to go a tad less bright? Well, say hello to this regal black and camel zebra-design sweater.

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SHEIN Zebra Pattern Sweater

$28.00

   

10. Allbirds Men’s Wool Hoodie

BEST WOOL HOODIE

Allbird’s got their reputation for creating good wool sneakers, and over time people have come back again and again for their clothing. Its wool hoodie gives you all the comfort of your favorite hooded sweatshirt but is a bit more office-friendly. Made from merino wool, this wool zip-up hoodie comes in three colors.

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Allbirds Men’s Wool Hoodie

$175.00

  

11. Todd Snyder Cashmere Hoodie

BEST CASHMERE HOODIE

Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by softness? Todd Snyder serves it up quite nicely with this hoodie sweater. The hood is double layered, meant to keep your head warm if you’ve forgotten your hat. Snyder opted to create the cashmere hoodie sweater in fall’s earth-tone hues: deep green, navy, charcoal gray, black, sage green and ochre, shown here.

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Todd Snyder Cashmere Hoodie

$348.00

  

12. J.Crew Cotton Silk Donegal Tweed Henley Sweater

BEST HENLEY

J.Crew’s Henley sweater is a mix of silk and organic cotton; the flecks and slubs add texture and elevate this classic style into a favorite sweater to wear through fall. Pull it over a tee and head on out to a pub to hang with friends or make it work-friendly when wearing it with chinos and lace-up boots.

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J.Crew Donegal Tweed Henley Sweater

$54.50

  

13. AMI de Coeur Sweater

BEST BRIGHT SWEATER

Is AMI named after the French word for friend or the designer? Welp, “AMI” coincidentally is also the designer’s initials. Alexandre Mattiussi, after working for Dior, Marc Jacobs and other top fashion houses, founded his own company back in 2011. While the line has always been considered menswear, women were also snapping up their goods, so they inadvertently became a unisex fashion brand. This wool-blend sweater ticks both the logomania trend and the bright color trend too.

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AMI de Coeur Sweater

$385.00

    

14. Mr P. Garment Dyed Waffle-Knit Merino Wool Sweater

RUNNER UP 

Mr Porter’s in-house line of clothing, Mr P., is as lust-worthy as anything they carry. For the cooler months, it’s designed brightly hued sweaters in what looks like the hot knit pattern of the season, the waffle knit. Made with Italian merino wool, you could wear this sweater with pajama pants, and it would still look good.

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Mr P. Waffle Knit Merino Wool Sweater

$210.00

  

15. Acne Studios Jacquard Crew Neck Sweater

BEST NEUTRAL

This tone-on-tone neutral oversized sweater is made with toasty Shetland wool thanks to the fiber’s ability to maintain it’s shape wear after wear.  The brand’s logo is discreetly embroidered on the chest using the same color thread as the sweater. Sometimes less is more when it comes to branding.

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Acne Studios Jacquard Crew Neck Sweater

$390.00

  

16. Gucci Stripe Trimmed Wool Blend Cardigan

BEST DESIGNER

Raise your hand if you’ve been counting the days until “House of Gucci” hits the movie theaters. Interest in the iconic brand and family’s style, recognizable by the red and green stripe accents, is heating up. Cardigans are an easy way to up your sweater game, and when wearing this one from Gucci, you’re on point, set, and match.

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Gucci Stripe Trimmed Wool Blend Cardigan

$1,355.00

  

17. Diesel K-Tennessee Patterned Sweater

BEST CAMO

Camo prints have gone from outlier to trend to part of the fashion lexicon. It’s always a good idea to have a camo print or two in your stash. Diesel serves up a camo in cool shades of blue. Not only is this wool-blend stylish, but you can also wash it at home.

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Diesel K-Tennessee Patterned Sweater

$275.00

   

18. Officine Generale Wool Cashmere Fleck Turtleneck

BEST TURTLENECK

The message this season is if you’re going to wear a turtleneck, you’ve got to commit. This season’s turtleneck sweaters are thick, oversized and just a bit chunky. Officine Generale has its proverbial finger on the pulse of this trend, and their turtleneck ticks off all the boxes. This wool and cashmere-blend sweater features a generous ribbed collar and cuffs.

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Officine Generale Wool Cashmere Turtleneck

$395.00

  

19. River Island Roll Neck Sweater

RUNNER UP

Made from organic cotton, this slightly oversized turtleneck is an excellent alternative to wear if you want to keep up with trends but don’t want to feel overheated. The neutral tone olive green sweater is also machine washable.

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River Island Roll Neck Sweater

$44

  

20. Peter Millar Camo Perth 1/4-Zip Sweater

BEST TECH/ATHLEISURE MASH UP

Say you’re going on an expedition like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, then you’re going to outfit yourself with Peter Millar’s top-notch luxury techwear to do it in style and stay dry. Yes, this is actually a sweater. It’s made from performance materials, including fabric that wicks away moisture from your skin. Made using reflective jacquard and finished with a zip-neck, this sweater is perfect for running or lazing around.

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Peter Millar Camo Perth 1/4-Zip Sweater

$125.00

    

21. Bugatchi Half Drop Zip Mock Neck Sweater

BEST MOCK NECK

This sporty ribbed sweater has a zip-up neck, which can be worn as either a mock neck or a collared style. Made from merino wool, you can wear it in the on-trend cobalt or try it out in any number of the other neutral shades.

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Bugatchi Half Drop Zip Mock Neck Sweater

$179.00

  

22. Banana Republic Supima Shawl-Collar Cardigan Sweater

BEST SHAWL-COLLAR

Going for the gentleman squire style, a la cottagecore, or want a cardigan that has the perfect shawl collar, you won’t go wrong with this ribbed design from Banana Republic. Crafted in Supima cotton, this shawl-neck sweater has three generous pockets and is also available in black.

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Banana Republic Supima Cardigan Sweater

$129.00

  

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