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FLANNELS Five: Hot Winter Knits

FLANNELS Five: Hot Winter Knits

Let us spin you a yarn. There was once a man who felt the cold but was tired of sweatshirts and hoodies. He wanted something a bit more timeless, sophisticated and artisanal. One day, he stumbled upon the elevated knitwear of Gucci, Fendi and Tom Ford. He was never chilly again. The End. Worn well, wool can be cool – whether it’s high-end designer or your skilful nan’s knitting. We’re not talking about the stuff of childhood nightmares – scratchy and misshapen – but soft merino wool, beautifully crafted intarsia patterns and chunky cable knits. Nothing, but nothing is as warm as cashmere – it doesn’t matter how much fleece lines a hooded sweat, the heat-retaining powers of natural knitwear fibres are unparalleled. So, if you want to fight the chill and look slick, too, a knitted jumper is your one-way ticket to comfort and class. Stay in the loop with our edit of the most stylish knits of the season.

A cream, black and red Gucci GG logo jacquard knitted roll neck jumper

THE ROLL NECK

The roll neck, AKA polo neck or turtleneck, is a true mark of sophistication. There is something inherently suave about an item of clothing favoured by Michael Caine, Steve McQueen, Mick Jagger, Yves Saint Laurent and Roger Moore. Teamed with Gucci’s signature jacquard GG pattern and things really start to heat up.

Rollneck knit by Gucci

A Fendi brown, black and red all-over FF logo intarsia knit mock neck jumper

THE MOCK NECK KNIT

Wondering what a mock neck is? Let us explain. A mock neck has a high neckline but is not folded down, and usually sits snuggly somewhere between your collar bone and mid-way up your throat. Great for keeping out the chill without wearing a scarf, fend off the cold with Fendi’s FF logo jumper in a ‘70s-inspired brown, black and red colour palette.

Mock neck jumper by Fendi

A Thom Browne cream, black and red chunky knit men's cardigan with artisanal buttons and a V neckline

THE CARDIGAN

Since sometime in the mid noughties, cardigans have been firmly on the shelf, reserved for school-girls and grandpas. Now, though, it’s having a renaissance, with designers championing norm-core, grunge and geek-inspired dressing. Cue: the cardigan, one of the season’s key knitwear trends. Thom Browne’s cable knit is chunky, warm and suitably avant-garde enough to keep an otherwise cosy piece of clothing at the vanguard of style.

Cable knit cardigan by Thom Browne

 A Gucci jacquard knit sweater in blue, mustard yellow, orange, white and red with a GG intarsia pattern and the slogan Gucci Band written in two stripes

THE FESTIVE JACQUARD

A bit of festive flair expressed through Gucci’s jacquard knitwork is just the thing to brighten up grey winter days. Team with corduroys and hiking boots for a blustery winter walk to work off the mince pies. ‘Nuff said.

Jacquard sweater by Gucci

A Burberry fletcher beige classic check knitted jumper

THE CLASSIC

One of fashion’s most iconic checks, British house Burberry’s beige tartan is both timeless and of-the-moment. Few patterns can pull off knitwear as well as Burberry’s check, and we know you can pull off this stylish pullover better than most. No, we’re not pulling your leg, we mean it. With temperatures dropping across the UK, there’s never been a better time to go all-out on an investment piece like this.

Check jumper by Burberry