Sweaters are one of menswear’s most beloved pieces. Easy to dress up or down (depending on what the situation calls for), their versatility is second-to-none, capable of going from the office to the bar without skipping a beat. However, there are some situations in which you might want to get a bit more formal, which is where a V-neck sweater can come in handy.
Pretty straightforward, a V-neck sweater is a sweater which a V-shaped opening instead of a crewneck cut. This allows you to show off a tie or even a cool dress shirt with a touch more flair than what’s normally typical of a sweater, while also managing to convey a more formal look and appearance.
V-neck sweaters tend to come in a variety of different fabrics, so it’s not surprising to see a lot of cotton, cashmere, or even blended options. With so many choices out there, it can be tough to find the best ones. But, lucky for you, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite V-neck sweaters to help you find one that will work for you.
1. Uniqlo Cashmere V-Neck Sweater
Uniqlo sets the bar when it comes to the intersection of affordability and quality. A perfect example of this is their cashmere v-neck sweater. Lower-cost cashmere can sometimes feel cheap or watered down in some regards, but you’d never know that was the case with the version Uniqlo offers, as the sweater itself is made from cashmere fibers — not some blend. Soft, warm and really sharp-looking, it’s well worth the investment to get something this well-made right out of the gate.
2. Lacoste V-Neck Sweater
Lacoste’s alligator logo is one of the most recognizable fashion logos, so if you’re looking to announce yourself and your (excellent) taste level, reach for this option. The lightweight cotton knit provides warmth without being too heavy while also providing plenty of comfort too. Small details like a ribbed hem and cuffs help to elevate the overall elegance of the sweater.
3. Polo Ralph Lauren V-Neck Sweater
Speaking of iconic logos, everyone knows what the Polo Ralph Lauren logo looks like. It’s a shorthand for consistent quality, and the legendary brand doesn’t disappoint when it comes to their offering. The V-neck itself isn’t too deep; instead, it’s slightly wider across the neckline to show off more of your shirt. This is a great option to pair with a bold-colored shirt or even a striking pattern. And it comes in a bunch of different colors if you want to get one that better reflects your personal style.
4. Brooks Brothers Supima Cotton V-Neck Sweater
Brooks Brothers’ V-neck sweater is made from the brand’s Supima knit, a proprietary yarn that has been refined over time to be some of the best around. Supima is more compact and crafted with a higher twist level, making the sweater look better and feel softer and allowing the sweater to hold up better over continuous wear. It’s a sweater you’ll feel good about buying, as it’ll last you a long, long time.
5. J. Crew Cashmere Cable-Knit V-Neck Sweater
A little prep, especially when it comes to a sweater, is always a good way to give a touch of refinement to any outfit. J. Crew’s V-neck sweater has just the right amount of ivy league-inspired touches with its trimmed-neck and hem, cable knit and raglan-sleeves. Comfortable, cozy and sharp as a tack, this option is great for those who already have a V-neck but are looking for a second option.
6. Gap Mainstay V-Neck Sweater
This V-neck sweater from Gap is part of their mainstay collection, which offers really accessible options for a really fair price. The V-neck itself is a little higher up than some other options, making it great to pair overtop of a long-sleeve shirt or to wear with a fully buttoned dress shirt. While there are a few color options, we like this more natural option as it’ll go with pretty much any and everything you may already own.
7. Amazon Essentials V-Neck Sweater
With more color and pattern options than you’d possibly imagine and a super affordable price point, Amazon Essentials’ version of a V-neck sweater is a great budget buy for those who aren’t sure whether or not they want to commit fully to the style. We like this bright yellow version, as it’s a great way to bring some sunshine into an outfit (especially in the bleak days of winter). Plus, the stripes are nice and subtle.
8. L.L. Bean Cotton/Cashmere V-Neck Sweater
L.L. Bean’s V-neck sweater is made from a blend of cotton and cashmere (although the cashmere side of things makes up a small percentage of the total). This results in a much softer sweater than your standard cotton sweater, giving it a nice texture. The ribbed hem and cuffs provide a bit of refinement to a sweater that looks just a touch more rugged than your typical sweater. In that sense, it’s the perfect L.L. Bean staple.
9. Billy Reid Merino Wool/Cashmere V-Neck Sweater
With its blended combination of merino wool and cashmere, this sweater from Alabama designer Billy Reid is (perhaps) one of the only sweaters you’ll need. The wool provides excellent warmth during those absolutely brutal winter months, while the cashmere helps to soften the harsher edges of the wool out. The V-neck itself is the perfect length and width, making it a sweater that you’ll want to wear time and time again. This the best execution of a tried and true classic.
10. Everlane Cashmere V-Neck
Everlane is known for its dedication to providing elevated takes on menswear staples and their version of a V-neck sweater is no exception. The lightweight cashmere sweater might not feel as weighty as wool but won’t lack in what it provides in softness and warmth. Everlane sources their cashmere from Mongolia, using only the best and finest yarns to ensure overall durability and long-lasting softness with each and every wear.