The Best Men’s Sweaters for Looking Cool While Staying Warm

Best Men's Sweaters
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Sweater weather is finally upon us, and in a big way. The right sweater can make a world of difference if you’re dealing with frigid weather, and that’s no more true than when you layer up with one of the best men’s sweaters. We’ve got options aplenty for you in that regard. Whether you’re an avid sweater collector 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:

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. 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?

Amazon Essentials Midweight sweater, best mens sweatwers Courtesy of Amazon

    

2. J.Crew Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

BEST V-NECK SWEATER

The best V-neck sweaters add another dimension to your menswear looks, especially when worn the right way (say, at the office atop a crisp dress shirt with a knit tie). A v-neck sweater, especially one made from premium cashmere like this handsome number from J.Crew, is an underrated style move that still deserves your attention and respect. We love the wide range of color options, the agreeable fit and the potential to mix and match with other J. Crew staples. Plus, you can wear this sweater in a multitude of ways, be it with tailored J.Crew chinos and leather boots, or alongside joggers and high-top sneakers. A sweater that works on the weekend or during the workweek sure sounds like one of the best sweaters for men in our book.

Best overall V-neck sweater for men. J. Crew

  

3. Bonobos Fisherman Rib Crew

BEST CREW NECK SWEATER

Sure, there are several ways you can go in the world of men’s sweaters as far as layering is concerned, from the straightforward style of the crewneck shown here to the wear-with-anything potential of a V-neck sweater, like the one from J.Crew that we love so much. But for blending the rugged appeal of old-school layering with the cool of a modern sweater, there’s nothing quite like a fisherman-inspired crew neck sweater. They draw design inspiration from the thick-knit, real-life sweaters worn by seafarers in days gone by, and even in more recent years. The thick knit traps heat and keeps the cold out, and here, Bonobos makes its version in rich, on-trend colors to be worn with the brand’s famed chinos.

Best rugged crewneck sweater for men Bonobos
    

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.

Schott-Wool-Blend-Pullover-Sweater Courtesy of Huckberry

  

5. L.L. Bean Classic Ragg Wool Sweater

BEST THROWBACK

L.L. Bean has long been a trusted resource for anything and everything classic, iconic and hard-wearing in the world of men’s style. That goes for its always-dependable winter boots and tough outerwear (not to mention toasty slippers for when you step inside after a hard winter’s day in the elements). Throw in this timeless, classic sweater the next time you want true winter warmth, because it delivers on both throwback looks and outstanding versatility. It’s reasonably priced, not to mention warm as can be, the kind of sweater you can wear with jeans for a casual winter gathering, or with work pants under an L.L. Bean jacket to get a day’s worth of work done. It’s a throwback, in a great way.

Best throwback winter sweater for men. L.L. Bean

  

6. Pendleton Shetland Shawl Pullover

BEST PULLOVER SWEATER 

The pullover sweater is sometimes unfairly maligned as a layer that can’t be worn in all that many “cool” ways, but that’s not the case with this shawl pullover from the iconic brand Pendleton. You might recognize Pendleton as a brand best known for its visually striking, seriously cool printed sweaters (which we also love), but this Shetland wool shawl pullover is a nice change of pace when you want something more straightforward and a bit more versatile for the office, the bar and beyond. It’s an ultra-soft sweater that’ll prove easy to throw on over a soft long-sleeve tee or an Oxford shirt in equal measure. Cooler than your average pullover? No doubt about it.

Best pullover sweater for men. Pendleton

  

7. Todd Snyder Donegal Crewneck

BEST DONEGAL WOOL SWEATER

The fine art and craftsmanship of using Donegal wool in sweaters dates back ages and crosses the ocean to Donegal in Ireland, where it was first knit into some of the warmest, hardest-wearing sweaters imaginable. Now, it’s found in the design archives of many of the world’s finest brands, including American menswear designer Todd Snyder. Here, Donegal becomes both luxurious and rugged, resulting in a sweater you can wear with indigo selvedge denim or with your finest suit in place of a traditional dress shirt and tie.

Best donegal crewneck sweater for men. Todd Snyder

  

8. Vuori Clothing Coronado Hoodie

BEST CASUAL ZIP HOODIE

This won’t be the last hooded sweatshirt (or even zip hoodie) that we cover today, but it’s just about one of the most functional and yet casual sweaters we can find on the market. It’s lightweight yet warm, easy to throw on over a henley for a Zoom call or atop a graphic tee with jeans and sneaker boots for a weekend coffee run. It’s stretchy and also absorbs moisture, meaning you can also wear it for training sessions, but we think it works best when worn in a casual, laidback fashion. Go ahead, layer up and kick back this winter.

Best casual zip hoodie for men. Vuori

  

9. Wellen Seawool Fisherman Sweater

BEST SUSTAINABLE SWEATER

There’s something to be said for adding a dash of sustainable style into your looks on a daily basis, especially when layering up with one of the best men’s sweaters. These days, sustainability is as crucial as it gets, and that’s true in every part of your go-to ensembles, from your basics on up to more important layers, like the aforementioned sweater on your back. Wellen, one of the fine in-house brands at Huckberry, toes the line between style and sustainability with ease, using an incredible fabric blend (made from repurposed ocean plastic and oyster shells, then woven into soft, warm fiber). The result is a rugged, stylish and effortlessly cool fisherman sweater.

Best sustainable sweater for men. Huckberry

  

10. Billy Reid Dover Crewneck Sweatshirt

BEST PREMIUM CREWNECK SWEATER

When does the humble, athletic-minded crewneck sweater become something else entirely? When it’s made by one of our favorite menswear designers, and one of the best designers in the country, the effortlessly cool Billy Reid. Reid himself put his own unique spin on the humble crewneck, using handsome leather elbow patches and a super-soft interior fabric to turn the crewneck sweatshirt from a weekend staple to one that you can even wear to the office with a pair of tailored chinos from the famed designer.

Best men's crewneck sweatshirt Billy Reid

  

11. 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.

Scotch & Soda Monsanto Sweater, best sweaters Courtesy of Scotch & Soda

     

12. 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.

Allbirds-Mens-Wool-Hoodie Courtesy of Allbirds

        

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

BEST ACCESSIBLE LUXURY SWEATER

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.

MR-P-Garment-Dyed-Waffle-Knit-Merino-Wool-Sweater Courtesy of Mr Porter

       

14. River Island Roll Neck Sweater

BEST ROLL NECK SWEATER

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.

Asos River Island roll neck sweater, best mens sweaters Courtesy of ASOS

      

15. 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.

Bugatchi Half Drop Zip Mock Neck Sweater, best sweaters Courtesy of Bugatchi

  

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