To start with we thought we’d do the very British thing, and talk about the weather.
As we head into Autumn proper, and with the Winter just over the horizon, it’s the perfect time for us chaps to break out that age-old wardrobe staple: Woollens.
Now wool comes in many shapes and sizes and is just the thing for keeping warm come wind, rain, sun or snow, and let’s face it, it’s been keeping the sheep cosy for centuries, so it’s a wonder why it has fallen out of favour so much in the last fifty years.
There’s nothing quite like the comfort of a classic woolly jumper and they come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some of our personal favourites that have the timeless air of a classic and will work with any outfit from indigo denims to plus-fours and beyond…
This British classic, cable knit in natural cream coloured wool seems as old as the Aran islands themselves, but in fact was the invention of enterprising locals in the early 1900s.
A wartime favourite for boat crews, bomber pilots and submariners alike, this roll-neck beauty has been keeping men warm since the First World War and is still issued to naval crews today.
Named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ this staple of men’s wardrobes is purportedly modelled after a knitted wool waistcoat that officers wore during the Crimean War.
Taking the argyle tartan pattern from the Clan Campbell of Argyll the argyle jumper was popularised by Pringle in the 1920s and is a particular favourite of sporting folk, especially golfers.
A favourite of that icon of men’s style Edward, Prince of Wales the fair isle jumper has been a go-to item for us well-dressed folk since the 1920s. A traditional fair isle pattern uses a limited palette of five or so colours, and only two colours per row don’t you know.
So there you are, five classic styles of the faithful woolly jumper, perfect for keeping cosy in the coming months, especially worn with our wool-based high-back fishtail trousers!
Personally, we’re big fans of a cardigan or fair isle worn over one of our spear-point shirts and a newsboy hat, and as we head into winter why not pop one of our new single-breasted jackets (coming soon!) over the top for extra warmth!
Next time: The wool suit
Top Chap November 23rd, 2016
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