The Best Sweaters to Wear for the Holidays

Big, bold knitwear for big, bold men.
IMAGE Simon Robins, Mr Porter

You know what's good about holidays? Big sweaters. We're talking: crewnecks, cableknits, rollnecks, turtlenecks. We're talking: cashmere, cotton, merino wool, alpaca. Chunky, soulful knitwear that goes missing for half the year before walking back into your life is like a long-lost friend. Here, our pick of Big Sweater Season 2018.

1 The Elder Statesman  

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Designer Greg Chait is one of the hottest properties in menswear thanks to his supreme command of cashmere at LA outfit The Elder Statesman. Case in point: this lovely turtleneck with its creamy body and burgundy-navy yoke. 

2 Mr P 

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After keeping things classic for their debut spring/ summer collection, Mr Porter have gone a little more experimental with the second range from their in-house label. This mélange knitted sweater has a rusty, tie-dye color scheme and is made from mohair, wool, and alpaca, giving it a fluffy, worn-in look. 

3 Our Legacy 

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Perfect for those winter weekends when you commandeer a corner of your local for an entire afternoon before falling into a Guinness-based slumber around 4 pm, this causal Italian yarn roundneck from Swedish brand Our Legacy is a low key beauty of a Big Jumper in (millennial?) pink.

4 Belstaff 

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You're a hell-raising biker with a big heart. Okay, you don't actually raise hell. And you don't own a motorbike, because they scare you a bit. But: you do own this 'Southview' wool-cashmere blend jumper from Belstaff, complete with the same rising Phoenix emblem you can find on the label's iconic motoring jackets. Which is close enough. 

5 Kenzo 

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While everyone else is moping around in their blacks and grays, embrace a bit of color this winter with this typically bold offering from French luxury house Kenzo. And if anyone tries to tell you having monkeys on your jumper is childish, let them know this piece is inspired by fine art, thanks very much: Henri Rousseau’s 1910 oil-canvas ‘The Dream’, to be precise. 

6 Oliver Spencer

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Who says you have to pick between a cable-knit and plain jumper? Not us! Not ever! And not British designer Oliver Spencer, who has cleverly incorporated both styles into his signature roll-neck Talbot sweater. For an added bonus, it also has thumb holes for when you forget your gloves. 

7 COS 


Obviously, you already own a great navy jumper. Probably two or three. But this rib-knit merino wool-mix version from COS comes in an oversized fit with dropped shoulders and thick round neck for a very 2018 Big Jumper vibe. Which is the only vibe we're interested in. 

8 Norse Projects 

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Scandi minimalism and brash 'logomania' are two style schools that could scarcely be further apart, but (v. Copenhagen brand Norse Projects has had a go at bridging the gap with this midnight-blue, mock neck sweater embellished with the 'N' of its logo. It's your way of saying: "I'm down with the ironic '90s resurgence thing, but I can also investigate a murder on a rainy night if called upon to do so." Sort of.

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