There’s something so comforting about crew neck sweaters for men. You slip one on, toss on a pair of jeans and in 10 seconds or less you’ve got a cool-looking outfit that also feels good. Fashion experts can go on ad nauseam about creating a style wardrobe that must have a handful of essential items like T-shirts, dark jeans, white sneakers, and of course, the crew neck sweater — it’s enough to make you roll your eyes out of your head. But honestly, owning a crew neck sweater (or three) is really a great boost for your overall style, comfort (yes that word again) and look.
Here’s an example of how a crew neck sweater can make you look cool. Say you’re working from home and are in a tee and jeans; you’ve got a Zoom meeting coming up in twenty minutes. You need to look a bit more pulled together or business-y when discussing fourth quarter options, right? Toss on a crew neck sweater over said tee, and if you’re feeling jaunty, add a bandana and boom! You look like Mr. Master-of-it-all.
Crew neck sweaters for men let you add a layer when the weather suddenly goes bonkers — high-gust winds appearing out of nowhere or a fast temperature drop. Tie one around your waist, toss it over your shoulders or stow one in your backpack. During the summer, you can add a linen-blend sweater, use it as an accessory to finish off an outfit (the wrap around your waist or over the shoulder thing), and if you end up getting dragged into a store with icy A/C, you won’t feel like a penguin caught in an arctic stream. Of course, wearing a crew neck sweater during the winter, over a flannel shirt or turtleneck, is a no-brainer, too.
We’ve gathered up crew neck sweaters that you can wear now through fall. In our roundup, we’ve also snagged a few sweaters that reflect fall’s upcoming trends, so you’re ahead of the pack. Fall/Winter sweater trends include red sweaters, neutral hues, and geometric patterns. A trend that popped up recently, or should we say re-emerged as it’s always been simmering, is the reinterpretation of 80s and 90s activewear patterns. Basically, there is a crew neck sweater for almost any activity or mood.
1. Scotch & Soda Crew Neck Sweater
Tapping into fall trends, and the resurgence of 80s/90s activewear patterns, Scotch & Soda’s geometric print cotton sweater is a winner. Light enough to wear on a windy or chilly summer day (hey, it happens), it can be layered over a button-up or turtleneck when there’s frost on the ground.
Scotch & Soda Crew Neck Sweater
2. Mango 100% Merino Wool Washable Sweater
The color red is supposed to be huge for fall. Expect to see red suits, pants, outerwear … if you can wear it, it will come in some shade of red. On its own it’s a powerful color, so wearing head-to-toe in that hue takes a lot of planning. The great thing about red, is that everyone can wear it. The color makes every skin tone look healthy and glowing. Quick tip: if you’re hungover, popping on a red shirt of any type will immediately make you look well-rested. Mango’s merino sweater is in the hue of the moment. It’s made from lightweight merino wool, and best of all, you can toss it in a washing machine. Just don’t stick it in the dryer … unless you want to turn it into a dog sweater.
Mango 100% Merino Wool Washable Sweater
3. SHEIN Colorblock Sweater
This 60s surfer meets 90s grunge is a streetwear style that’s gone mainstream. Eye-catching and easy to pair with, you can never go wrong with this style of graphic crew neck sweater. It sports a ribbed neckline, cuffs and waist. Wear it with the sleeves pushed up, gray jeans and combat boots, or try it with a graphic tee, dark jeans, and Vans.
SHEIN Colorblock Sweater
4. PS Paul Smith Navy Zebra Logo Sweater
BEST LOW-KEY LOGOMANIA
British fashion designer Paul Smith’s been creating menswear with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor tied into his designs longer than most of us have been alive. Always excellently cut and styled, his stuff is made to be worn forever. If you’ve been trying a way to discretely try out the logomania trend (which isn’t going anywhere), check out PS Paul Smith’s crew neck sweater. On the left chest is an embroidered tiny zebra and logo. The cotton knit sweater is light enough to be worn during the summer. If you’re going somewhere where you have look spiffy, try wearing it under a Rowing blazer. When fall arrives try it under a puffy vest.
PS Paul Smith Navy Zebra Logo Sweater
5. Amazon Essentials Men’s Crew Neck Cable Sweater
One of the finer points regarding crew neck sweaters for men is that they’re available in every imaginable color, print, fabric, texture, and pattern. An interesting texture or pattern raises its eye appeal, much like this sweater from Amazon Essentials. Cable knits have been around forever, it’s one of those patterns that goes with anything from denim shorts, to skinny jeans to trousers. This cable knit crew neck sweater for men comes in 10 hues: from neutral heather, one of fall’s big color trends, to midnight black. Feeling classic? Go with navy or heathered olive.
Amazon Crew Neck Cable Cotton Sweater
6. Alexander McQueen Long Sleeve Cable Knit Jumper
Color blocking brilliant red, eye-catching coral and black, the basic cable knit crew neck sweater for men gets a serious upgrade for fall. McQueen’s creation gives a nod to the red trend and then takes off to become an iconic item. The sweater’s a blend of cashmere and wool. Try it with dark jeans or match it the way they did with the model; pinstripes suddenly become sexier and cool.
Alexander McQueen Cable Knit Jumper
7. Rossignol Odysseus Crew Neck Sweater
One of fall’s big trends, according to the experts, is skiing and classic ski wear. You can get a jump on that trend with this Rossignol sweater. This merino wool sweater wicks away moisture from your skin, has antimicrobial properties and is light enough to wear during coolish summer days as well as colder fall and winter ones. It comes in black, dark navy, heather black and white.
Rossignol Odysseus Crew Neck Sweater
8. Desigual Knit Jumper Striped
BEST POLISHED PUNK
Punk, like rock n’ roll, will never die. Punk-inspired fashion can go from elevated to DIY, and it’s always there. Desigual combines graffiti and wide stripes on a cotton crew neck sweater that makes you want to pick up a bass …or wear it with jeans, a field jacket and sneakers.
Desigual Knit Jumper Striped
9. All Saints Union Crew Neck Sweater
BEST USE OF MONOCHROMATICS
All Saints’ design uses negative space and a spare palette to create a design that does capture the geometric sweater trend, yet also swerves against it. In the end, the sweater transcends the trend and can be worn for seasons to come. Made with wool and viscose blend, this crew neck sweater could be worn all year; either layer it up or down as the temps go up and down.
All Saints Union Crew Neck Sweater
10.Ted Baker Greyhound Merino Wool Sweater
BEST FOR DOG DADS
As mentioned earlier, neutrals of every shade are a big fall trend. Go and have fun with it by wearing Ted Baker’s neatly designed merino wool sweater. A Greyhound’s silhouette has been knitted into the front of it, perfect for dog lovers. The classic cut sweater has ribbed cuffs, waistband and collar. Wear it now with shorts, and go bold this winter by pairing it with red cords.