There are winter sweaters that you reach for as an afterthought when lounging around the house or running to the grocery store to grab a steak and your favorite 22-ounce stout (we suggest these), and then there are the best winter sweaters.
Every new cold season calls for a closet sweater overhaul to keep you up to date with modern designs and trends. Besides, there’s no better feeling than slipping on a sweet new sweater on a winter day.
The best winter sweaters for men are those that make an outfit standout thanks to their dependable style, yet keep you cozy along the way. You can use a sweater to punch up a crisp ensemble or wear it in a more casual way, depending on your itinerary. We’re sure of one thing, however: The best winter sweaters for men don’t skimp on style, warmth, or (dare we say it) an extra dash of cool.
The traditional cashmere textile is one of the most naturally insulating natural fibers in the fashion world and every man should have one of these soft, silky, and breathable pieces in their wardrobe. Thankfully, luxury knit makers Naadam have created an affordable cashmere top available in nine colors by cutting out the middleman and ethically sourcing their wool product directly, making for a cashmere sweater you need in your closet now.
The texture-stitched Prescott sweater from Marine Layer is a new take on an old classic: The fisherman’s sweater. Boasting an insanely comfortable cotton-merino wool-nylon blend, this sweater is as versatile as it is elegant. This puppy is available in two colors — light heather ash and navy — which both provide the flexibility you need for a night out on the town or dinner at a fancy joint.
Comfort is the M.O. for this athletic-inspired crewneck, which sports a raglan sleeve for your best Baron Raglan sword fighting interpretation. All jokes aside, the Onia Raglan sweater is available in eight adaptable colorways, and provides comfort and movement with its slim, but not tight, fit and soft, breathable loose-knit terry fabric.
Cotopaxi’s Libre sweater features an engaging retro look that will turn heads on the street, but also (and most importantly) keep you relaxed with its ultrasoft Bolivia-based llama fiber. If the throwback style doesn’t convince you, it too includes a raglan sleeve for extra movement, as well as it a uniquely engineered mesh back panel for unmatched temperature regulation and beefed up ribbing on the neck and cuffs for added durability.
If you’re searching for something with a little more color for the drab season ahead, Brooks Brothers has a v-neck cotton-cashmere sweater that is bright in color and light in weight. It’s a perfect grab for sliding over your button downs at work, dressing up for family photos, or to even a keep a classy look over simple a T-shirt on a day trip. Not only is it one of the best winter sweaters for its comfort and color, this Brooks Brothers’ piece is one of the most affordable picks out there.
For the man who just likes something simple and easy that does its duty, the charcoal ribbed sweater from Topman features a high neck that makes it a centerpiece of your outfit and some added warmth to protect against the winter weather. The dark gray colorway is a great choice for flexibility in your closet and the synthetic acrylic fabric is sure to provide loads of warmth and longevity to get you through the cold months accordingly.
For those who enjoy a rustic countryside feel, this 100-percent Donegal Fleck merino wool sweater is made in Ireland from sheep found in the beautiful countryside. This fabric is sincerely soft, yet offers breathability and style with ribbed sides, which are ideal for keeping you toasty without overheating underneath. Available in two colors — a greyish blue and this absolutely eye-catching finch green — the Aran Sweater Market crewneck is one of our favorite best winter sweaters.
Article updated October 15, 201,8 by Bryan Holt.