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Our Guide to November’s Best Sweaters

November's Best Sweaters
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If it’s November, that must mean it’s time to wear one of November’s best sweaters — right?

There’s a chill in the air, the holidays are approaching — seriously, check your calendar — and there’s never been a better time to layer up. Whether you pick up a slim cardigan,  a stylish turtleneck or a reliable crewneck sweater, there’s really no wrong way to go. The best sweaters for the season can be layered up over your favorite chambray shirt or thrown atop a long-sleeve merino tee for a weekend coffee run. And if you pick the right one, you likely won’t want to take it off.

Todd Snyder Wool Fair Isle Sweater in Charcoal [Featured Image, $268]

From his collaboration with P.F. Flyers to the stunning Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch, the designer’s namesake brand blends heritage quality with modern style. And as you can see at the top of the page, the Wool Fair Isle Sweater nails that balance just as nicely, what with a graphic navy-and-gold print, a slim fit and high-quality merino wool.

Eddie Bauer Snow Bridge Cardigan [$69.30]

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Eddie Bauer knows quite a bit about how to make gear that can stand up the elements. The brand’s Eddie Bauer x Pendleton 1936 Skyliner Jacket is a fine example of that approach, and this stylish, rugged and durable cardigan is but another. With an alpine-inspired print and versatile color, it should be your new go-to with everything from dark denim to flannel trousers.

Grayers Albert Roll Neck Sweater [$145]

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Feeling a bit like James Bond? Or any number of menswear icons who’ve turned a chunky sweater into a go-to style move for the cold weather? Then the Albert Roll Neck Sweater is for you. It’s an investment that’ll pay off — you can layer this with a lightweight blazer for warmth, or style it with a slim peacoat, wool trousers and your favorite pair of fall boots.

Life/After/Denim Flemming Crew [$158]

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Another brand that knows a thing or two about fine knitwear and modern classics? That’s what Life/After/Denim is all about, and simply designed, well-executed pieces like the Flemming Crew exemplify that ethos quite well. Featuring extra-fine merino wool and a fall-ready Chestnut color, this crewneck is a workhorse — it’s ready for layering over a slim chambray shirt and high-top sneakers on the weekend. Swap in sharp wingtips and you’re ready for the work day.

JackThreads Bear Sweater [$64]

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Now, no one said every fall sweater had to feature a standard Fair Isle or striped print, right? Shake up your sweater rotation with an eye-catching, irreverent and uniquely stylish … bear sweater. Yes, you read that right. It’s fun, it has a trim and modern fit, and the cream base means you can wear it under a waxed trucker jacket just as easily as you can wear it atop dark denim and rugged leather boots. Plus, the affordable price means you’ll have enough left to buy that Todd Snyder sweater pictured above — right?

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Beau Hayhoe
Beau Hayhoe is a freelance men's style writer, consultant and PR pro based in Brooklyn. Beau's menswear and gear writing has…
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