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Knitwear In Summer: Yes, It's A Thing

Wrap this season in cotton and wool

best mens summer knitwear
The Talented Mr Ripley, Matches Fashion

im电竞官网-An English summer is the definition of a mixed bag: sun, two weeks of grey skies/rain, sun, intermittent patches of grey skies/rain, and perhaps some freak anomaly like hail. This frustrating uncertainty can affect our summer wardrobe. You go bold and summery one moment to ill-advised and poorly-dressed the next. Or, you can attempt the difficult task of dressing for all weather scenarios. Just be prepared to carry that sweatshirt for some time.

But there is a cheat code to summer weather. It's called knitwear. From the end of April through to September, the days get longer and hotter and we start to go mad for a BBQ. Come rain or shine that BBQ will take place. So given the universal stubbornness of a man with a disposable grill, knitwear is the best protection in fickle weather and looming shadows that are, actually, much colder than you'd think.

im电竞官网-Brands like Orlebar Brown and Vilebrequin design staples for your (future) trips abroad, but they can also dress evenings in the garden. Knitted polos and towelling shirts are great alternatives to Cuban collared shirt. They're often much quieter, too. Though if you want the same volume with a heavier woollen handle, knitwear was seen in the spring/summer collections of both Fendi and Jacquemus. It was pastel, playful and loose.

From cashmere jumpers to cardigans, roll necks and polos, there's a wide range on offer – and the hottest days are yet to come. Here are the pieces you need.

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1 Fendi
best mens summer knitwear
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By drawing the eye downwards and creating the illusion of a lovely elongated frame, stripes are slimming. Pair that with a V-neck design from Fendi, and you'll feel (and look) even better.

Striped Knitted Top, £850,

2 Kapital
best mens summer knitwear
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im电竞官网-Taking it's name from Okayama, Japan's de facto denim capital, Kapital crafts workwear using heritage production techniques.

Textured Cotton-Blend Sweater, £530,

3 Brunello Cucinelli
best mens summer knitwear
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Red is an easy way to amp up colour. It's striking. It's punchy. It makes bulls really cross. And in the deft hands of Brunello Cucinelli, it's also an incredibly fancy accompaniment to tan or navy pelated trousers.

Red Cable Knit short-Sleeved Jumper, £550,

4 Gucci
best mens summer knitwear
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Even your grandfather's knitwear can't beat this. Gucci, riding high on Wes Anderson Seventies flair, has added its signature bee motif to this GG monogrammed cardigan.

Monogram Pattern Cardigan, £870,

5 Prada
best mens summer knitwear
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Unfortunately, piña coladas are as close to tropical as you'll get right now. But this floral polo is almost as good as that Bahamian beach that'll have to wait till next year (almost).

Floral-Intarsia Wool-Blend Polo Shirt, £880,

6 Acne Studios
best mens summer knitwear
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A staple for all seasons, including summer, enlist Acne Studios as an extra layer for when the sun disappears or wear open with a tucked in T-shirt during the day.

Ribbed Mélange Wool-Blend Cardigan, £440,

7 Orlebar Brown
best mens summer knitwear
Farfetch

Think Jude Law in The Talented Mr Ripley, but without getting bludgeoned by a stray oar. This knitted polo from holidaywear outfit Orlebar Brown is an easy way to clinch hallowed smart-casual territory.

Horton Ribbed Knit Polo Top, £619,

8 Maison Margiela
best mens summer knitwear
Matches Fashion

Roll necks aren't just for Christmas. Try styling oversized, with a pair of loose fitting shorts and Vans. Or chuck it over the shoulders like a preppy college kit and wait for the temperature (and your inheritance) to drop.

Striped roll-neck wool sweater, £495,

9 Saint Laurent
best mens summer knitwear
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im电竞官网-This playful tie-dye knitwear piece from Saint Laurent is made from a luxury blend of mohair and wool. Naturally fitting smaller, go for one size up for normal, or two for a baggier fit.

Tie-Dye Knitted Sweater, £535,

10 Dolce & Gabbana
best mens summer knitwear
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This cashmere and silk blend, long sleeved polo from Dolce & Gabbana is the perfect option for those colder, summer evenings. Pair with loose fitting, faded jeans and white sneakers for easily-done simplicity.

Striped Long Sleeve Polo Shirt, £745,

11 Jacquemus
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Sometimes looking like a rocket ice lolly is a good thing. Why? Because Jacquemus has proved just how great a raspberry-orange blend is, especially in loose gauge knitwear form.

Gradient Chunky Knit Jumper, £562,

12 Thom Sweeney
best mens summer knitwear
Matches Fashion

Thom Sweeney makes summer styling easy. Case in point: this classic, versatile pique polo from the new Spring/Summer collection.

Cotton Pique Polo Shirt, £290,

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