Going Big With Wool


When cold weather hits, it’s time to make a statement. Gone are the days of black peacoats and blending into the crowd shuffling along slush-lined streets—when you’re trying to get warm, stand out with chunky woolen knits, a key trend for men this season. The great thing about knits is that they can add a punch of heavy texture to any one of your looks. Up your cold-weather style with these larger-than-life layers.


Loro Piana cable-knit baby cashmere scarf
What better place to add some extra warmth than around your neck? Massive scarves have been huge this year, both of the classic and infinity varieties. This one from Loro Piana uses an ultra-fine baby cashmere yarn to create robust texturing that will take you from fall all the way to winter, no problem. A rich brown colour makes it a perfect topper for practically anything you can wear, but we suggest a top coat in another earthy tone ($735, Mr. Porter).


Thom Grey striped sleeve cable knit sailor cardigan
A good, chunky sweater will also have a long shelf life this year, especially one made from Japanese wool like this cardigan from Thom Grey. Rolling collars add extra material in case you need it, which is why we love this sweater’s buttoned yoke spread collar that can be pulled up if things get particularly chilly. A contrasting band on the left arm matches a hidden striped pattern on the placket, proving that the devil is indeed in the details ($620, Barneys New York).


Dolce & Gabbana Norwegian pattern knit hat
These past few winters, knit hats have been making a strong comeback as well. Pom poms, beanies and more are here to stay, but the best are made of heavy wool like this one from Dolce & Gabbana. A pattern such as Norwegian print—much like its preppy cousin, Fair Isle—can help you stand out during a grey commute to the office, without being too much. A leather D&G patch on the rolled-up contrasting band finishes the luxurious piece ($271, Luisa Via Roma).


Ralph Lauren Blue Label cotton-cashmere cable vest

If it’s still too warm in your neck of the woods to pull off some of the earlier styles, give a good sweater vest a try until the transition period is over. This layering piece is best worn with a collared shirt, but you can throw on a wool tie if there’s a stiff breeze. Vests are best pulled off if you have a trimmer figure, but you can still keep it all together with a fitted cut. Top it with a navy blue down jacket for outdoor wear, or a brown herringbone sport coat inside ($350, StyleBop).

Alexander Olch glen plaid wool mesh tie
Sure it’s not as chunky as some sweaters, but this is still one beefy tie that will keep you stylish and pull together some of the other woolens you may be wearing that share its texture. Not too wide and not too skinny at a modest 2.75 inches, this handmade wool neckwear can brighten up most winter outfits that stray too far into grey/black/white territory. Take fall in stride by pairing this tight pattern with a wide windowpane check wool blazer ($150, Alexander Olch).


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