Get Wild and Woolly

Client: Topshop, October 2009


Having graced the catwalks of numerous top fashion shows this season, the male chunky knit cardigan is a key winter look.


This season, fashion has gone big. Chunky and voluminous are the keywords to embrace when thinking about essential winter items, while cardigans are one of the hottest trends going. For the style conscious male, keen to embrace the most up-to-the-minute looks without compromising on warmth, this can only mean good news.

Having graced the catwalks of the top fashion shows, the male chunky knit cardigan has made a serious comeback. Reds, browns and greys are the main colours to watch out for, while anything goes when it comes to patterns. From cable knits and Fairisle designs, to duffle-effect knitted cardigans, there’s a whole range of tempting choices available.

To recreate one of the most popular looks of the moment, team a comfy chunky knit with a button down check shirt – another hot fashion favourite – and a pair of dangerously skinny jeans. For those who feel their calves would benefit from a more forgiving look, it’s also possible to keep a finger on the fashion pulse by combining their cardigan with a pair of flat fronted trousers.

For the enviably toned men of the world with a bold sense of fashion, the experts recommend that now’s the time to get wild and woolly! With a huge collection of patterned chunky knit cardigans available, it’s possible to really embrace this season’s craziest looks. Those who are more self-conscious of their body shape, however, should opt for a plainer style, although vertical knit patterns can also provide a great slimline silhouette.

There are even tempting variations available for those who favour functionality over fashion. In fact, with the huge range of simple knits and subtle designs available, one doesn’t have to feel like they’ve just stepped off the catwalk, but can instead simply enjoy the luxury of being warm and comfortable.

Although many of the top designers have introduced the chunky knit cardigan into their men’s collections this winter, they can be expensive. But with the high street retailers hot on their heels, there’s already a superb selection of cosy cardigans to choose from, which don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Chunky knit cardigans are ideal for heating up any winter outfit. And, with the sheer range of styles and designs on offer, it’s possible for every male to be right on trend this season, regardless of his fashion persuasion.

Keywords: cardigans, check shirt, skinny jeans, chunky knit cardigans, high street retailers

Image Credit: Kris Williams

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