It’s long been said that the arrival of fall marks the return of “real dressing.” That doesn’t mean dressing well comes easy in the colder months, though. The Highsnobiety Fall Fit Toolkit is here to help you through the transition to (literally) bigger and better clothing.

For me, the knit sweater is the ultimate fall and winter essential. It's a cold-weather king that will never die. Need proof? Knits of this ilk have been around for decades, and they’ve pretty much always been cool during those decades.

The knit process itself actually stretches back thousands of years, with origins across Egypt and the Middle East. But it was in the 15th century and on the English Channel Islands that knit jerseys as we know them today were first produced as warming, durable garments for dressing the element-bearing sea-farers of Guernsey. The effectiveness of the knit sweater caught on, though, with textile producers across Ireland and Scotland developing this fisherman’s staple much further, adding complex patterns and Celtic knots to the design and, in turn, birthing the iconic Aran sweater.

Like all good clothing items that go global, the knit sweater was soon appropriated from its original use and applied to famous faces via the likes of Steve McQueen and Marilyn Monroe. Knitwear in menswear is on the rise again, popping up on Adam Driver via the big screen and being touted by the likes of A$AP Rocky and Tyler IRL of late.

Packed full of so much history and practical prowess, the knit sweater is a timeless garment that everyone's usually got 'their favorite' for. With knit sweater season finally here, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites around right now — from trustworthy staples to standout investment items from new collections.

Scroll to shop knit sweaters, the ultimate fall essential.

Inis Meain

Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater

Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater

$880

Inis Meain

Buy at Mr Porter

If you read the bit about the origins of the knit and Aran sweaters above — and I don't blame you if not, I know you wanted to get to the good stuff — this is as close as it gets to those OG fishing jerseys. The only difference to the 15th-century knits is that you can now cop them at Mr Porter.

A-COLD-WALL*

Digital Print Knit

$585

A-COLD-WALL*

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A-COLD-WALL* puts a new twist on minimalism with this eye-catching, extra-fine merino knit with a forward-thinking digital print.

J.Press

Shaggy Dog Sweater

Shaggy Dog Sweater

$245

J. Press

Buy at J. Press

J.Press' Shaggy Dog knit sweaters are stuff of legend. The iconic option dates back to the time of former owner Irving Press, who wanted to individually hand brush the brand’s Shetland wool pullovers. Never gets old.

Auralee

Mohair Knit

$560

Auralee

Buy at Highsnobiety

Trends may come and go but Auralee is here to stay with staples emphasizing the brand's passion for raw materials. Brighten up your autumn wardrobe with this brushed mohair wool-blend knit.

Acne Studios

Knit

Knit

$420

Acne Studios

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Knit sweaters need not always be monotone, though. Here, Acne Studios serves an option that's dressed all-over in what is either a lunar landscape or golf course graphic. Either way, the cutest little Swedish flag lays claim to the land.

Jil Sander

Knitted Sweater Pink

Knitted Sweater Pink

$1025

Jil Sander

Buy at Highsnobiety

The search for the ultimate knit sweater was never going to come cheap. And when we're talking about the finest of the fine — you can rest assured on mohair being up there at the top. This pink mohair sweater by Jil Sander exudes quality and craftsmanship, so much so that you'll never stop wearing it. Seriously, it won't let you.

Jamieson's of Shetland

Fair Isle Crew

Fair Isle Crew

$155

Jamieson's of Shetland

Buy at END.

Knit sweaters, particularly in Aran and Fair Isle form, are a proud part of Scotland and Ireland's rich heritage when it comes to textile production. Jamieson's of Shetland is a family-run business that's been going since the 1800s. It knows a thing or two about crafting pieces that'll be passed down through generations.

Loewe

Cable-Knit Wool Jumper

Cable-Knit Wool Jumper

$1450

Loewe

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Loewe offers a modern luxury house take on the cable knit sweaters made popular by fishermen all those years ago. The label's insignia is mounted on this gorgeously colored knit in classic cable form. Stunning.

Séfr

Teta Sweater

Teta Sweater

$414

Séfr

Buy at VooStore

Back to School season is upon us. And what better way to fit that bill than to sport a cricket-style sweater by Séfr? Chunky knits always win.

Marni

Mohair-Blend Sweater

Mohair-Blend Sweater

$1100

Marni

Buy at Matchesfashion

Marni's knit game is second to none, particularly when it comes to the mode of mohair. This burnt orange sweater was born to be walked through malting fall trees.

Maison Margiela

Summer Camp Sweater

$785

Maison Margiela

Buy at Highsnobiety

Although the seasons are changing you can still live out your summer dreams in this cozy Margiela sweater. There’s nothing wrong with being a little green, right?

The Row

Benji Sweater

Benji Sweater

$1095

The Row

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense

The Row at its Rowiest, this knit sweater might seem expensive, but the lifelong-lasting quality and the fact that it will go with literally anything in your wardrobe make it more of a smart investment.

Raf Simons

Fuzzy Lamé Sweater

Fuzzy Lamé Sweater

$916

Raf Simons

Buy at Matchesfashion

We all know Raf loves a knit sweater — and that's just going off of his personal wardrobe alone. His collections usually comprise a few, too, and this staple, fuzzy grey one comes stamped with some signature patches.

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