It’s time to face it, gents: winter is nearly upon us. It’s time to pack away those summer shirts and change your order from a classic spritz to a warming glass of Scotch whisky. And here at Gentleman’s Journal, we are determined to rejoice at this changing of the seasons — after all, if we’re going to be stuck inside catching up on all the new Netflix shows thanks to Lockdown 2.0, we’d rather it was rainy outside.
And, as you pack up your summer essentials for another year, it’s imperative that you’re well prepared for the cold, dark days ahead. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up our favourite jumpers that promise to keep you looking good while you’re keeping warm.
Best cashmere: Luca Faloni Chunky Knit Cashmere Crew Neck
We make no secret of our sincere love for Luca Faloni’s clothing. When we aren’t coveting the brand’s cooling silk-blend offerings in the summer months, we’re reaching for their famous cashmere creations to see us through the winter in style. To this end, our personal favourite design has to be this classic crew neck.
Knitted in Northern Italy using 100% four-ply cashmere from the prestigious Cariaggi Fine Yarns Collection, the fit is slightly more relaxed than Luca Faloni’s other knitwear designs. Luxuriously soft, it features a classic crew neckline for a timeless casual look.
Luca Faloni Chunky Knit Cashmere Crew Neck
Best woollen jumper: Paul & Shark Wool Crewneck
Paul & Shark is our favourite new fashion discovery – and, with its background in creating clothing designed to keep sailors warm at sea, its the perfect choice for winter layers.
Designed in a classic sweatshirt style, this timeless Breton knit is made using a sustainable, super-find wool from Tasmania that looks and feels great. Featuring a crew neck, durable rib detailing at the neck, cuffs and waist, and a subtle Paul & Shark logo to the sleeve — this is a stylish jumper which has been built to last. Ideal for layering over shirts and under your favourite jacket for additional warmth.
Paul & Shark Wool Crewneck
Best rollneck: Benedict Raven Soho Rollneck
Borne of founder James Kingston’s desire to create a wardrobe befitting of the modern man, Benedict Raven’s men’s knitwear is minimalist, classic and built to last. We’ve always been fans of the brand’s Soho sweater, but this oatmeal shade might be our new favourite – it goes with, quite literally, everything. Both smart and versatile, it’s spun from lightweight and temperature-regulating merino wool and topped with a cosy ribbed rollneck.
Benedict Raven Soho Rollneck
Best patterned jumper: Oliver Spencer Talbot Rollneck
Bold patterns aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but when they’re as subtle as the gentle blue fleck on this sweater from Oliver Spencer, they’re a great addition to your wardrobe. The flattering chunky rollneck style offers real apres ski vibes (even if your annual trip to Verbier is looking unlikely this year) but is actually crafted using a superfine mid-weight wool and a basket weave so it remains light and wearable.
Oliver Spencer Talbot Rollneck
Best colourful jumper: Sunspel Lambswool Crew Neck Jumper
If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the brighter seasons of the year just yet, then why not bring some vibrancy to your winter wardrobe? This bold offering from Royal favourite Sunspel offer the perfect between-seasons hue and has been knitted in Scotland using soft lambswool yarns from one of the world’s oldest spinners based near Fife. In a distinctly wholesome touch, once knitted, this garment is washed in Scottish spring water to make it beautifully soft.
Sunspel Lambswool Crew Neck Jumper
Best Cable Knit: Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Wool And Cashmere-Blend Sweater
The original line in the Ralph Lauren family, Polo Ralph Lauren is all about quintessential American style. From relaxed baseball caps to peerless polo shirts, every piece is indispensable — and none more so than this classic jumper.
Polo Ralph Lauren’s sweater is knitted with thick cables from wool and just a touch of cashmere. It’s cut for a regular fit and embroidered with the iconic polo player logo at the chest. The deep midnight-blue hue makes it an adaptable wardrobe staple.
Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Wool And Cashmere-Blend Sweater