Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Knitty Gritty; Menswear Whether You're a Cable Guy or a Cashmere King, There's No Shortage of Hot Fuzz around, Says Simon Chilvers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Knitty Gritty; Menswear Whether You're a Cable Guy or a Cashmere King, There's No Shortage of Hot Fuzz around, Says Simon Chilvers

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Byline: says Simon Chilvers

AS WE sleigh ride towards Christmas all sensible thoughts surely turn to woollens. Who doesn't want to obsess over a jumbo jumper or a mega-slouchy

cardigan at this point in the fashion calendar? Side note: I've just semihyperventilated over a black ribbed Yohji Yamamoto jumper with a diagonal cutaway hem.

Anyway, thick, ribbed knits are definitely a bit of a thing this season, as is burgundy (more on that later), the "mock-neck", distressed sweaters (things that look like they've got fag burns in, a la Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged cardigan) and cable stitching/classic Aran. Google Robert Pattinson for how to best accessorise the latter. Clue: with big hair.

In the how-to-wear-your-jumper stakes the big thing is simply to wear more than one at a time. This is where the mock-neck -- a sort of shortened polo-neck -- comes into its own. This style of sweater is all over the high-street (see Uniqlo and Topman) and works well under a classic crew or with an oversized cardigan, which Zara is totally all over. Basically, think dressing-gown vibes.

Let's take a minute to talk about cardigans. Raf Simons and J onathan Anderson both put oversized versions on their runways for autumn/winter -- and they are definitely designed to replace a coat. Michael Fassbender, manhunk extraordinaire, models a grey J .W.Anderson one in this month's GQ and looks suitably cosy while he's about it. Meanwhile -- sad face -- the Raf ones have all but sold out.

However, in semirelated news, if you want to push things to their limits -- i.e. you're embracing your inner style rebel -- then Acne Studios has a camelfringed poncho for men that you can totally swish about your person and thus be both the envy of passers-by and fellow pub attendees alike.

Should you also feel the need to ramp up your wardrobe with something a bit festive but you draw the line at a comedy reindeer jumper (unless for charity, please let's move on from the novelty knit), then a slab of burgundy is clearly the way to go. …

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