44 Best Sweaters for Men in 2022: Cashmere, V-Neck, Crewneck, Cardigan, and More

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The best sweaters for men are a lot like Pokémon: there are way more varieties than you ever realized, and the more of them you have the better. Unlike Pokémon, however, you won’t have to spend several months ignoring your family, dismantling your social life, and squinting at a Gameboy just to uncover all the essential sweaters a man should own—that’s what this article is for. We’ve determined the 11 foundational pullovers and cardigans you absolutely need in your wardrobe, and found the best versions of each for every budget. From the cable-knit classics to the unexpected swerves, the comfy cold weather layer has many forms. So become a knitwear master and catch ‘em all.

The V-Neck

After a few years out of the limelight—like post-baseball Jordan—the V-neck is ready to reclaim its menswear throne as the most versatile sweater in your closet. Now, the obvious play might be to layer one over a crisp button-up shirt, possibly even with a tie or worn with the collar insouciantly spilling over the V-neck. But there’s something casually chic about a plain white T-shirt peaking out from underneath.

Everlane cashmere V-neck sweater

J.Crew cashmere V-neck sweater

Gucci knit web V-neck sweater

COS recycled cashmere V-neck sweater

The Crewneck

The heftier, snappier cousin of that Champion sweatshirt you love so much. It’s the default sweater to grab when you don’t want to lend any more brain energy than is necessary to looking good. Crewneck sweaters can come in more flavors than Baskin Robins, from intarsia knits to thick cable knit sweater to satisfyingly plush boucle and on and on and on. While there’s nothing wrong with a super versatile heather gray sweater, don’t be afraid to get adventurous with fabric, color, and silhouette.

Uniqlo extra fine merino crew neck sweater

Pendleton Shetland crew neck sweater

Fear of God Essentials crewneck sweater

Celine Homme argyle mohair-blend sweater

The Turtleneck

The easiest way to make just about anything—suits, trucker jackets, flannel shirts—instantly seem twice as cool. Are you a modern-day beatnik? Do you frequent painfully swanky cocktail parties? Is your neck just cold? Turtlenecks, friend.

Sunspel wool roll-neck sweater


Matches Fashion

Nicholas Daley colorblock waffle knit rolled turtleneck sweatshirt

Club Monaco merino wool turtleneck


Club Monaco

Noah seed stitch turtleneck sweater

The Mock Neck

Think of it as the turtleneck’s looser, laidback little brother. It’s not as tall as a turtleneck, and it certainly won’t fold over like a turtleneck. A thick, relaxed mock neck sweater with some baggy chinos and a pair of loafers? Come on!

Banana Republic merino mock-neck sweater

Banana Republic

Stone Island mock neck cashmere sweater

Tiger of Sweden “Dunnock” mock neck sweater

J.Crew heritage cotton roll neck sweater

The Sweater Vest

No sleeves, no problem. If anything, the sweater vest brings more solutions to the sartorial table. It lets you show off your shirts without exposing your core to the elements. It’s also great underneath all kinds of outerwear, without adding unnecessary bulk. The sweater vest moment has been ramping up for several seasons and we’re totally here for it.

Knickerbocker wool cable sweater vest



Drake’s “Heath” Fair Isle lambswool sweater vest

Obey peaced sweater vest


Urban Outfitters

Uniqlo washable middle gauge crew neck vest

The Chunky Cardigan

On the best spring and fall days, these’ll be the only jacket you really need.

L.L. Bean classic ragg wool shawl collar cardigan

Todd Snyder mohair plaid cardigan


Todd Snyder

Ami Paris brushed-knit cardigan

Peregrine “Wilkinson” merino cardigan

The Slim Cardigan

Though slim cardigans can come in a slim-fit silhouette, it’s more about the fabric than anything else. The knit should be more slinky than chunky and thus have more of a bounce than something like a fisherman sweater. Best deployed under a blazer like a slightly cozier waistcoat, or over a buttoned-up polo for some bookish-‘90s-indie-frontman appeal.

BBC Ice Cream waffle-jacquard knitted V-neck cardigan


Matches Fashion

John Smedley “Petworth” merino wool cardigan

Thom Browne 4-bar Merino wool cardigan

Acne Studio wool knit cardigan


Acne Studios

The Cashmere Sweater

It used to be that the average “nice” wool sweater was made of merino wool or lambswool and cashmere was reserved for the rich guys. A few decades of commodifying the luxury fiber and the swankiest, supplest form of high-quality wool is now more accessible than ever.

Naadam essential cashmere sweater

William Lockie “Oxton” cashmere sweater

Polo Ralph Lauren cable-knit cashmere sweater


Ralph Lauren

J.Crew cashmere crewneck sweater

The Zip Sweater

Whether it’s a quarter-zip, half-zip, or full-zip, it’s been a staple of normie dads forever and, yes, it’s cool again. Think of it as a convertible, but for your torso.

Dockers long-sleeve quarter-zip sweater

Barena intarsia wool zip-up cardigan

Rag & Bone “Andrew” merino rib sweater


Rag & Bone

Our Legacy shrunken full zip polo


Our Legacy

The Polo Sweater

It’s a sweater with a collar, ya know what I mean?

J.Crew cashmere collared sweater

LE17SEPTEMBRE ribbed wool cardigan

Arch4 “Mr Clifton” Gate V-neck cashmere polo sweater


Matches Fashion

Percival Chess Club zip cardigan

The Swerve-y Sweaters

Three sweater trends worth trying right now: a wild graphic intarsia sweater, a full-placket cardigan, and any sweater with a completely bonkers texture.

Bode Trekking drawstring-front merino cardigan


Matches Fashion

AMOMENTO hooded cropped sweater

Chopova Lowena “Flore” cardigan

Marni striped brushed mohair zip cardigan

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