17 November 2020

Men’s fashion: When the sweater replaces the jacket

by Juliette Weiss

Real essential of the male wardrobe, the sweater remains the best ally to warm the silhouette during the winter period. Monogrammed twists, retro inspirations, and revisited woollens, it becomes the highlight of the wardrobe, even if it means putting the classic jacket in the closet for a season.

The timeless – Turtleneck sweater

As much feminine as masculine, the timeless turtleneck sweater, symbol of emancipation, plays this season the overtime and upgrades with zip and details for our greatest happiness. Turtleneck, turtleneck, cashmere, lambswool or wool blend, the choice is wide. We wear it with outdoor-type outfits like a parka, or with a thick chino.

Our advice: Avoid choosing it too thin or too soft and opt for a warm, retro style. We love the zip-up mantelpiece collar from The Kooples or the offbeat model from Zadig & Voltaire that we combine with leather boots for a mix of assertive styles and a resolutely trendy style.

Classics revisited – Round neck sweater

It is the ideal compromise between classicism and audacity to face the drop in temperature with style.
Forgotten the classic round-neck sweater, this season the codes are changed. At Givenchy the sweater is worn unstructured, at Armani we find it in a graphic and bi-material version… To adopt this trend, we choose originality but always controlled.

We like the psychedelic version of a structured knit sweater by Paul Smith, or the softer, jacquard monogrammed and ribbed collar by Ami, or the graphic nonchalance by Etro. As for colors, dare to use bright tones in small touches or in full option. For the right match, trust the KA/NOA boutique and choose Chinese pants to soften and structure your silhouette.

Preppy Version – V-neck sweater

Spotted on several catwalks of the fall-winter 2019-2020, including Dries Van Noten, who gave an arty interpretation, with oversized architecture, this 100% retro trend is making a big comeback. With a touch of bcbg and “upper class” American inflections from the 1950s, it shakes up the codes of workwear. In Geneva, Lacoste has adopted the trend, with a two-tone sweater with a signature neckline.

For a more traditional style, we fall for an Eric Bompard model that we upgrade with more casual flannel pants and tightened at the waist, in a dark color, to be found in Sandro boutiques. A contemporary reinterpretation of a timeless style.

Sweater jacquard oversize, Ami

Sweater Théo,

Sweater striped finishes, Eric Bompard

Turtleneck sweater, Zadig & Voltaire

Wool sweater, The Kooples