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13 Sweater Styles to Round Out Every Guy's Rotation

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Cold weather style is, to put it bluntly, the best. It has boots. It has jackets. It has sweaters. Sweaters! If the worst thing about dressing in the summer is that you don’t get to wear sweaters, then you can be quite sure that sweaters are the best thing about this season. From work, to going out, to straight up not leaving the couch on a Saturday, there’s no situation a sweater can’t get along just great in. 

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The best part: There’s a type of sweater for every situation. You’ve got your work-appropriate V-necks, your oversized crewnecks, your apres-ski printed pullovers. Your closet (and life) benefits from having a host of sweaters in it. They’ll help keep your style on point—and your body warm—all winter. Here are the 13 styles that every man should know.

The Crewneck

A crewneck sweater is basically winter’s T-shirt. It’s looks good on its own, with a suit, or paired with jeans. It’s a great place to get a little bolder, too. The shape is simple, so a bright color or print makes it stand out. Jewel tones and rich hues are the perfect way to counteract those winter blues.

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Sweater by Everlane

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The V-Neck

A V-neck sweater has an air of professionalism that’s hard to replicate elsewhere. It’s one of our first choices for an office-appropriate knit. Because no matter what you’re wearing it with—be it faded denim or tailored trousers—there’s something about the V that makes the whole outfit look intentional. It doesn’t look like the sweater you throw on just to hang around the house—but it feels just as comfortable.

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Sweater by Rag & Bone

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The Cardigan

Don't make the mistake of relegating the cardigan to the realm of old-school prep. The latest ones maintain the same sort of fitted, pulled-together look that your classic one might, but they do it with a modern edge. Plus, it’s all in how you style them. Help keep it modern by layering it with solid tees, denim button-downs, or even a mock neck shirt.

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Sweater by Sunspel; shirt by Everlane

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The Heavyweight Crewneck

For a full “it’s winter and my body is ready” look, a heavyweight crewneck is unparalleled. It epitomizes your general thought process during the winter: It’s cold, I’m tired, and I don’t want to think too much. Just throw one on with your favorite pair of pants, and you’ve got yourself an outfit. 

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Sweater by Michael Kors

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The Heavyweight Cardigan

A shawl neck on a cardigan makes all the difference. This is a great piece for when you need something versatile. Want a thick layer, but get too hot in regular sweaters? Layer it over a light T-shirt and feel free to leave it open. Trying to go full sweater? Button ‘er up. This is a solid look for the weekend or for relaxed get togethers. It says you’re cozy, but you still came to party. 

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Sweater by J.Crew; T-shirt by Mott & Bow; Jeans by Everlane   

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The Turtleneck

Men in turtlenecks are very good. Don’t you want to be one of those very good men in a turtleneck? These are the true mark of colder weather, and it’s about time you leaned into it. One in a rich caramel color looks cool with jeans, and maybe even better with trousers. But don’t ignore the turtleneck layering technique, either. Under a blazer, leather jacket, or even another sweater, the turtleneck looks damn cool.

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Sweater by Todd Snyder

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The Ski Sweater

You don’t have to be anywhere near a ski slope to rock the hell out of a ski sweater. These are great for the weekend, when you’re trying to show some personality but not trying to wear anything other than a very comfortable pullover. You can go hard on the print, on the color, or on the level of oversized coziness—or all three, if you’re really into it.

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Sweater by Everlane

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The Cable Knit

Cable knit sweaters bring texture to otherwise bland (and usually dark) cold-weather wardrobes. Investing in, say, a cream or bright blue cable knit sweater won’t only be one of the most comfortable choices you can make, but also one of the most stylish. It’ll make getting dressed on a frigid day all the more exciting.

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Sweater by Mr P

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The Waffle Knit

Waffle. Sweaters. I mean, it’s physically impossible to have a bad day if you’re wearing a waffle knit. First of all, it’s like wearing a blanket, but in public and no one is going to think you’re weird for doing it. Second of all, its texture ensures that it never looks boring. They tend to be more lightweight, too, so you won’t sweat all day when you wear it.

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Sweater by American Trench

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The Full Zip

A full zip-up sweater has a slight athletic vibe to it that makes it all the more appealing for everyday wear. It looks solid fully zipped-up, half zipped, or completely unzipped. It also looks its best paired with a comfortable shirt under it. If your sweater leans neutral, you can liven it up with a tee that has a little—or a lot—of color to it.

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Sweater by Commonwealth Proper

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The Fair Isle

Fair Isle in name might just be a type of pattern. But it’s so much more than that; it’s the single type of sweater that makes all of the pain of winter worth it. Dreary out? Fair Isle. Dark at noon o’clock? Fair Isle. Have to go hang out with your family and a bunch of their friends who knew you when you were little and always talk about that and never talk about anything else? Fair Isle. Keep the rest of your outfit simple—the sweater says enough.   

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Sweater by Ralph Lauren

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The Heavyweight Turtleneck

Heavyweight turtlenecks are not for weak winter days. They’re not for crisp mornings or chilly evenings. They are for the depths of winter, when you wish you could wear a hoodie for every activity and get away with it. Wear this when you know you’ll be cold, and when you know you need an external shell to shield you. And don’t sleep on how good this looks under a topcoat.    

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Sweater by Todd Snyder

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The Sweater That Goes With Everything 

If ever there were a sweater that looks good in every guy’s closet—and every situation—it is a mid-weight navy crewneck. For cold days when you don’t know what to wear, it’s the oh-shit navy sweater to the rescue. It works for the office, for going out, or for weekend brunches. It works layered over a button-down, or under a jacket. If ever you’re in doubt, always remember that a navy crewneck is there to help.     

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Sweater by Commonwealth Proper

Photography by Corey Olsen • Grooming by Dana Boyer at Art Department using Bumble and Bumble • Model: Zaquan at Fenton Models

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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