11 best men's knitwear buys according to a fashion stylist for male celebrities

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Men's knitwear can be dull. And with terms 'waffle knit', 'tight-knit' and 'cable knit' thrown around alongside 'lightweight', 'midweight' and 'heavyweight', it can sometimes seem like a minefield trying to work out exactly what you're after.

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But, you're in luck. As a stylist I've worked with some of the UK's favourite male celebs and TV personalities and have picked up a thing or two when it comes to spotting great menswear knits.

So, whether you're after an everyday black jumper or more of a colourful statement piece, take a look at my picks below of the best men's jumpers and cardigans to buy right now.

And remember, if in doubt, a great pair of blue jeans and a chunky boot will work with almost every knitwear option out there.

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M&S Super Soft Roll Neck Jumper

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marks and spencer rollneck best mens knitwear

M&S Super Soft Roll Neck Jumper, £25, Marks & Spencer

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A classic roll neck works as the basis for so many winter outfits. From basic denim to black trousers and cargo pants, or even under a suit for a more polished look, don't underestimate the versatility of this knitwear staple. This rib-knit M&S option adds extra texture and interest to even the simplest outfit, and, made from recycled polyester, I'm struggling to find a fault with this piece. To get more wear out of it, even when the weather heats up, I'd recommend pairing with straight cut white jeans and trainers for an effortless spring look.

H&M Zipped Cardigan

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best mens knitwear hm zip cardigan

Zipped cardigan, £24.99, H&M

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Whether it's not quite cold enough outside for a coat, or so cold you're after an extra layer underneath, this zip-up cardigan from H&M is a great option. The brand pair it with an all cream look, but thanks to the versatility of its colour, really anything will work with this.

ASOS cricket jumper


best mens knitwear ASOS cricket jumper
best mens knitwear ASOS cricket jumper

ASOS Design fisherman rib cricket jumper in light blue, £32, ASOS

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Reminiscent of boarding schools and royals there are few things more British in our wardrobes than a classic cricket jumper. And while we may not have all gone to Eton or pulled on our crisp white kits every weekend, we can all add this style staple to our closets. This baby blue version is a great twist on the original, keep it clean with white trainers and loose fit trousers.

AllSaints Mode Merino Open Cardigan

best mens knitwear Cardigan
best mens knitwear Cardigan

Merino Open Cardigan, £89, AllSaints

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Cardigans are in, and everyone from David Beckham and Zac Efron to Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling are already on this trend. This ribbed choice from AllSaints is great for extra texture and the neutral navy colour pairs easily with most wardrobes. Team with a simple tee and cargo pants or blue denim with chelsea boots for a more preppy look.

Highland Home Industries Aran Jumper

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best mens knitwear Highland Crew Neck Aran Jumper

Highland Home Industries Crew Neck Aran Jumper, £75, The Edinburgh Woolen Mill

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Aran jumpers traditionally come from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Quickly growing in popularity the knitwear style has made it into our everyday winter wardrobe staples, and this Highland Home Industries pick is one of the most authentic versions I've seen. Made from 100% wool it promises to keep you warm on cooler days taking you from pub to park to winter walk with no problem. Pair with jeans and a solid pair of brown boots for everyday wear.

Kingsman Virgin Wool Sweater

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best mens knitwear orange wool jumper

Kingsman Virgin Wool Sweater, £175, Mr Porter

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The majority of men's knitwear is black, grey or navy, and that's pretty sad. Jumpers are a great way to add a pop of colour to your outfit without much thought, and it doesn't get much better than this Kingsman option. The bright orange colour makes it quite the standout piece, but the beauty of orange is that it works with so many other colours. Try a pair of brown cords and brown brogues for a vintage feel.

White Stuff striped Breton jumper

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Dark navy crew neck jumper, £55, White Stuff

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You can't beat a navy and white striped knit, especially for a trip to the pub at the weekend. This knit will be the ideal transitional piece in your wardrobe.

YMC Suedehead striped wool sweater


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best mens knitwear striped sweater jumper-z

YMC Suedehead striped wool sweater, £195, Matches Fashion

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Granted, this one isn't for everyone. It's bold, but that's what makes it so great. Made from 100% lambswool this mid-weight knit will see you through all seasons with ease. Pair with white jeans and white low-top trainers and you'll have a stylist approved outfit in minutes.

Hugo Boss Zip-neck Sweater

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best mens knitwear hugo boss zip neck dark sweater

Zip-neck Sweater in Cotton, £119, Hugo Boss

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Few things are an absolute essential when it comes to fashion, but a trusty black knit is one of them, and you'll be reaching for this one time and time again. Featuring a half zip and striking red logo patch, the subtle design details put this one just above the rest. Made from 100% cotton for a soft feel and easy care, wear with literally anything for instant easy style points.

Paul James Roll Neck Merino Wool Jumper

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best mens knitwear cream roll neck

The Modern Submariner - Roll Neck Merino Wool Jumper, £120, Paul James

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A cream chunky knit is a timeless classic and this Paul James option is no exception. Inspired by the handmade jumpers worn by fishermen many moons ago, and made from 100% Merino wool, this piece is built to last. Made in Leicester – we love a locally made product – this piece is hand wash only, don't forget that! It may sound like a pain in the ass but trust us, it's worth it. Pair with white trousers, a brown leather jacket and chunky brown boots for a standout look.

COS turtleneck cable-knit Jumper


best mens knitwear Turtleneck Cable-knit Jumper
best mens knitwear Turtleneck Cable-knit Jumper

Turtleneck Cable-knit Jumper, £79, COS

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This knit literally has everything. Bold colour? Check. Cable knit? Check. Chunky roll knit? Check. So of course it has to make it onto our best knitwear round-up. It's also machine washable despite being made from 100% wool, so that's pretty impressive – but that is a cold wash! Wear with black trousers and boots for a cosy yet cool look.

River Island Slim Fit Knitted Vest

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best mens knitwear vest jumper

River Island Green Slim Fit Crew Neck Knitted Vest, £30, River Island

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Knitted vests are a serious trend right now, and this River Island version is a great pick. Made from 100% cotton, it's lovely and soft, and the minty green colourway lends it to being a spring style staple. Pair with a white tee, trousers and trainers for a really clean and comfy look.

Next Mock Shirt Jumper

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best mens knitwear jumper with shirt collar built in

Next Mock Shirt Jumper, £36, Next

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Quite a clever yet sneaky jumper, this piece has a classic shirt collar sewn in so you can wear it to the office without getting too hot. Pair with your usual work trousers and shoes for an easy throw on morning routine.

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