Being forced to wear an itchy fair isle sweater every year during the holiday season as a child is enough to put anyone off knitwear for life. But there's so much out there to explore that you're doing yourself a disservice by not cuddling up in the coziest of knits for the coldest of seasons.

While hoodies and other typical cotton-blend sweaters are a classic go-to choice, knitted sweaters are the undisputed king during the colder months.

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 seafarers 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.

Along with being the perfect garment for the holiday season, knitwear has grown to be popular all year round with styles ranging from pieces almost straight out of the film GoodFellas to big and fuzzy cardigans. Even sweater vests are having a resurgence as folks like Harry Styles and A$AP Rocky seem to put together 'fits flawlessly.

There’s no better time than now to begin stepping up your winter wardrobe with stand-out pieces from the best men’s knitwear brands available. We’ve gathered some of our favorite knits from trustworthy staples to standout investment items from new collections.

Scroll to shop knitted sweaters for men, the ultimate fall essential.

Diesel Raig Sweater

Raig Sweater

Raig Sweater

$525

Diesel

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When it comes to remixing Y2K styles, few people do it better than Glenn Martens. The Diesel creative director proved that with his viral tiny skirt and with this sweater it looks as though it's straight out of an early 2000s sci-fi film — in the best possible way, of course.

Missoni Patchwork Cardigan

Patchwork Cardigan

$1200

Missoni

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Knitwear is Missoni's specialty, and this cardigan sees the brand flexing its craftsmanship with a patchwork design that uses countless different textures, colors and knitting techniques.

J. Press x Highsnobiety Shaggy Dog Stripe Sweater

Shaggy Dog Stripe Sweater

Shaggy Dog Stripe Sweater

$265

J. Press x Highsnobiety

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Made with Shetland wool from Scotland, J.Press' signature shaggy dog fabric adds some serious texture to this stripey sweater. Part of our collaboration with a brand that came to define preppy style, there's lots more shaggy dog goodness where this sweater came from.

Acne Studios Knit Wool Cardigan

Knit Wool Cardigan

Knit Wool Cardigan

$415

Acne Studios

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For such a straight-faced character, Acne Studio's face motif adds a very fun twist to this monochrome cardigan.

AGR Striped Mohair Crewneck Sweater

Striped Mohair Crewneck Sweater

$645

AGR

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If you think this neon-colored striped mohair sweater is crazy, just wait until you see the rest of the knitwear that AGR has on offer.

C.P. Company Lambswool Jumper

Lambswool Jumper

Lambswool Jumper

$230

C.P. Company

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Although this looks like a standard black crewneck, it's a whole lot better. Crafted from high-quality lambswool, this piece will add a little luxury to your everyday — and last a lot longer than your standard sweaters.

Highsnobiety Striped V-Neck Sweater Vest

Striped V-Neck Sweater Vest

$110

Highsnobiety

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If you want to have a bit of fun with your layering this holiday season, then a sleeveless sweater might just be the way forward. Sweater vests have officially transitioned from being a certified piece of nerd-wear to a fashion week staple and we're all here for it.

Acne Studios Wrapped Sweater

Wrapped Sweater

$390

Acne Studios

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Acne’s new season is filled with gems like this knitted sweater made from a comfy wool and acrylic blend. With the distinctive wrap style and eye-catching print, getting a fit off with this sweater is as easy as pulling it on.

Dries Van Noten Nelson Sweater

Nelson Sweater

$500

Dries Van Noten

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For those leaning towards a more modest fit, the Nelson Sweater is great choice. Made from 100% wool, this knit sweater can fill the gap in your garment rotation for seasons to come.

Phipps Flower Knit

Flower Knit

Flower Knit

$1025

Phipps

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Inspired by the Flower Power slogan of the ‘60s and ‘70s, this piece from outdoor wear brand Phipps uses crocheted flowers as a nice touch to highlight the distressed stitching.

Highsnobiety Raglan Crewneck Sweater

Raglan Crewneck Sweater

$110

Highsnobiety

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Some days, you need a little sunshine in your life and if the actual weather won't abide, this slouchy sweater will fill the gap.

Acne Studios Hairy Crewneck Sweater

Hairy Crewneck Sweater

$475

Acne Studios

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If you’re uncertain about how to dress this coming fall, you can always look to Sweden-based Acne Studios for some inspiration. It’s brushed mohair sweater is super-soft and comes with ribbed trims at the collar, cuff and hem to ensure a snug fit.

C.P. Company Diagonal Raised Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt

Diagonal Raised Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt

Diagonal Raised Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt

$200

C.P. Company

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If the emblem on the sleeve of this fleece crewneck looks familiar, it's because both C.P. Company and Stone Island were created by legendary designer Massimo Osti. And if branding isn't your thing, you can cop the same quality in all-black version.

Maison Margiela Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

$740

Maison Margiela

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Knitted sweaters for men don’t always have to be bulky. Here, Margiela serves up a lightweight Cashmere V-Neck Sweater for those days where an additional layer is needed.

Highsnobiety Bandana Alpaca Sweater

Bandana Alpaca Sweater

$115

Highsnobiety

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This soft-to-the-touch alpaca sweater not only packs some serious cold-weather heat, but its bandana print and red colorway will brighten up any gloomy day.

Acne Studios Cashmere Blend V-Neck Sweater

Cashmere Blend V-Neck Sweater

Cashmere Blend V-Neck Sweater

$475

Acne Studios

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Whether you’re wearing this for formal outings, or just another day at the office, this wool and cashmere blend sweater is one of the best knitwear options on this list.

 

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