The Best Knitwear and Jumpers for Autumn


Autumn is almost here and it’s time to get ready in style. If you’re wondering what the best pieces of knitwear for the season are, you’re in the right place. With our quick and easy guide, you’ll be confidently rocking the best jumpers out there. 

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The great thing about autumn fashion is knitwear. Jumpers and other knitted pieces are great for an effortless autumn look, as well as keeping you warm throughout the winter months. Here at The Idle Man, we’re big fans of knitwear and we have a selection of multiple styles of jumpers to keep you looking cool in the colder months ahead. Let’s get cracking then.

Knitted Jumpers

Cable Knit Jumpers

Cable knitwear is a staple for every man’s wardrobe. Not only are they a classic but they stand out far more than a sweatshirt or plain jumper. As they are knitted they provide that extra warmth. A navy cable knit jumper can be easily worn on top of a shirt or t-shirt and a pair of jeans and boots. Available in a variety of colours from purple to white, a men’s cable knit jumper is a great addition to your autumn wardrobe.

For the ultimate urban casual look, pair your cable knit jumper with a knitted beanie, raw denim and leather ankle boots. If your lucky enough not to have a strict dress code for work, this outfit is perfect for a relaxed office environment.

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Patterned Pieces

If you’re fully stocked up on your plain coloured jumpers, this season is your chance to switch your up your knitwear game a little. Say goodbye to the same old grey jumper. It’s time to get yourself a quality Christmas jumper that you can actually wear throughout winter and not just dinner. Play around with different patterns and designs like zig zag or chunky stripes. Let’s have a look at the key patterns for this season.

Men’s Christmas Jumpers

No matter what age you are, I’m a firm believer that you should be able to wear a Christmas jumper. Even if you’re an adult. No one should take the right of wearing a Christmas jumper away from you. It should be illegal. That said, there’s no need to stoop to pieces like knitted jumpers featuring a reindeer with a fully functioning red lightbulb for a nose. Unless you have kids, don’t wear that. Just don’t. It’s fair to say that Christmas jumpers for men can often get a bit out of hand.

There’s a timeless quality to Christmas jumpers which specifically takes form in the shape of a Fair Isle jumper. Originally knitted in Scotland’s Fair Isle, these jumpers have evolved from frumpy looking things that will inevitably shrink in the wash to being a constant presence in menswear autumn/winter collections. We know you want them and here you have them.

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Printed Jumpers

Choosing a patterned jumper that doesn’t vaguely resemble a Christmas or winter pattern can be hit or miss. Where there is nothing wrong with a patterned Christmas jumper, you can only wear them around the Christmas period. Either a jumper with a simple logo or a simple print will have your knitwear standing out from the crowd.

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Roll Neck Jumpers

Men’s roll neck jumpers are fast becoming a trend for knitwear this autumn and winter season. The roll neck jumper is a practical item to protect both your chest and neck, which can be easily matched under a winter jacket, a pair of chinos and boots. They can also be paired with a blazer and smart trousers for a smart causal look for the office.

Make sure you hit all the autumn hues by investing in a camel jumper for example. Camel is a go-to colour for autumn/winter and its soft brown will add a touch of colour to your outfit. A deep burgundy jumper is also a great choice for the upcoming season. Also, if you find the fit of the roll neck to be too constricting, men’s turtleneck jumpers are a good compromise between a funnel neck and a basic crew neck.

Oliver Cheshire wears roll neck jumper, joggers and white trainers
Oliver Cheshire wears a roll neck jumper, joggers and white trainers during London Fashion Week Men’s


Classic Jumpers

The jumpers we’re going to look at now are simply vital for autumn. They’re the bread and butter of knitwear. With their soft feel and embracing fit, you should definitely in the following styles in as many colour variations as you possibly can.

Men’s Crew Neck Jumpers

Crew neck jumpers are the key elements to autumn layering. They’re possibly the most popular style in men’s knitwear and they’re a permanent feature in every autumn/winter collection of men’s designer jumpers. With their immense popularity, finding the perfect crew neck jumper for you certainly won’t be a problem.

Also, crew neck jumpers come in so many different types of knits. Whether you’re a fan of the waffle knit or you prefer an open hem kind of knitting, you’ll be overwhelmed by the range of choice. Opt for a merino crew neck jumper for ultimate lightness and softness.



Men’s V Neck Jumpers

When it comes to smart jumpers, a V neck sweater is simply a must. With its neckline, the V neck jumper is perfect when worn over a shirt. If you’re looking to wear a T-shirt underneath a V neck sweater, make sure that it has the same neckline. There’s nothing worse than a white crew neck T-shirt poking out a V neck.

Even though V neck jumpers are usually more appropriate for slightly more formal occasions, this classic piece of knitwear can be easily dressed down. Just team up your sweater with a pair of jeans and trainers to take your outfit over to the casual side. However, V neck jumpers are probably at their best when worn with a shirt, chinos and smart to formal shoes.

how to wear a v-neck jumper for men

Longline Jumpers

These jumpers are definitely the most fashionable ones in terms of keeping up with modern trends from the runways. Longline doesn’t even simply refer to the length of the torso anymore. If you’ve been keeping up with recent collections from Vetements, you’ll know that sleeves have been exaggerated and elongated as well. The word oversize doesn’t quite cover it. It’s about being larger than life.

That said, no matter how hyped a trend can be, classic longline jumpers are here to stay. They’re incredibly comfortable and the extra fabric will keep you warm. You can certainly rely on them this season. However, make sure that you find the right fit for you as the extended torso will inevitably make you look shorter. Pair your longline jumper with your favourite pair of skinny jeans and a pair of leather boots. This combination will look great in all black.

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Men’s Cardigans

If you’re looking for ultimate comfort this season, a chunky knit cardigan is a solid investment. A thick woollen cardigan can even work as an alternative jacket during the early days of autumn. If you don’t fancy carrying a coat just yet, you can wear your cardigan with the buttons undone so that it will serve as a outerwear. Also, there’s nothing cosier than wearing a chunky cardigan whilst lounging around the house on a rainy day. Who said that you have to look like a slob whilst chilling on the couch? Throw on a knitted cardigan and be lazy in style.

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And the Rest

As well as cable knit, patterned jumpers and knitwear, there are various other types that can be added to your autumn wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a simple jumper. Try a chevron knitted jumper on top of a shirt for a simple yet smart look. For a preppier look with added cold weather protection, opt for a shawl neck. Another favourite here at The Idle Man is a solid thick knit jumper with elbow pads for a really smart look with attention to detail.

The Best Knitwear and Jumpers for Autumn

  • Make sure you have your basics covered starting off with cable knit jumpers. They’re perfect for every situation and look great with a pair of jeans or more formal trousers. They’re just incredibly comfortable and versatile.
  • Have a reliable selection of classic jumpers at your disposal. A crew neck jumper is possibly the king of men’s knitwear. These jumpers are simply key when it comes to autumn layering.
  • The V neck jumper is yet another classic in knitwear. This specific style is probably at its best when paired with a shirt thanks to the shape of the neckline.
  • Longline jumpers can rely on a solid fanbase from the latest trends for autumn/winter. Make sure you find a good balance in the length of the torso so that your legs won’t look excessively short.
  • Perfect for lounging in total comfort, a chunky cardigan can also serve as a provisional jacket for the early autumn days. If it’s simply too warm to wear a coat, an unbuttoned cardigan is an excellent alternative.
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On That Note

So there you have our guide to the best knitwear and jumpers for autumn. Which style will you be integrating into your wardrobe? Whether you’re looking for iconic classics like crew neck or cable knit jumpers or you’re more of a patterned jumper kind of guy, we’ve got what you need. Don’t forget to add a bit of colour to your selection of jumper and make sure you swing by our shop for some essential additions to your autumn knitwear.


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