Men’s fashion has come a long way in recent years. Rather than depending on fashion trends, men are starting to go back to the classics. And that’s what Muted is all about. Among the most classic of classics is the men’s v-neck sweater. In my mens wardrobe essentials, v-neck sweater guide I showed you everything you needed to know about the v-neck sweater and one of the biggest things was the sweater’s versatility. The v-neck can be worn with chinos, chino shorts, wool trousers, dark wash jeans, suits, white sneakers, oxford dress shirts, broadcloth dress shirts, and ties, pretty much anything you can throw at it.
Before I should my picks for the best men’s v-neck sweater keep these pointers in mind. If you’ve been following along my wardrobe essentials section and have my article on developing a minimalist capsule wardrobe, then you know that neutral colors are important to get the most versatility out of your purchases. I would first buy a navy v-neck and then move to black and then beige. You’ll get the most use out of the navy. If you get a merino wool sweater to make sure you don’t throw it in the wash. Wool must be dry cleaned and for that matter try and limit the washes of your cotton sweaters as well. And Absolutely do not hang your sweaters unless you want unsightly points on your shoulders when you put it on. Fold it flat and throw it on a shelf or in an armoire.
First up on my list is a sweater from J. Crew one of my favorites that I personally own.
J. Crew Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater
Comprised of Marino wool, the J. Crew V-neck Sweater ($) is flexible, breathable and water-resistant. J. Crews merino wool works well in warmer weather but also is an excellent source of warmth in colder temperatures. This multi-season V-neck and comes in sizes from x-small to x-large. My favorite colors are the navy, black, heather charcoal, and camel.
John Smedley Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater
The John Smedley Merino Wool V-neck Sweaters ($250) are made from extra fine merino wool in a lightweight knit. The brand offers an Italian fit collection as well as standard fit. The Italian fit is a slightly shorter and slender contemporary version of the standard. Sizes for this V-neck sweater are a bit limited as they are currently only available in small, medium, and large, but should your size fall into that area, you will be treated with a multitude of colors to choose from.
Filippa-K Fine Merino V-Neck Sweater
A well designed V-neck sweater maintains a remarkably clean design and that is exactly what you will get with a Filippa-K Fine Marino V-neck Sweater ($165). The Marino wool allows the sweater to move easily and be adaptable to multiple seasons and this particular sweater comes ready to wear in sizes ranging from x-small to xx-large. Colors are not as significant as some of the previous brands, but my favorites would have to be the dark spruce, black, and grey melange. These will work well with most of my essential wardrobe options.
Brooks Brothers Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater
With sizes ranging from small to xx-large, most men will find that the Brooks Brothers Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater ($60) to be fashionable as well as comfortable to wear. Colors come in both muted greys and blues as well as bold red. But for our purposes stick to the navy and grey. The ultra-soft merino wool adds to the luxurious feel of the sweater and we would expect nothing less from a trusted name like Brooks Brothers.
H&M V-Neck Wool Sweater
Fashion and durability are vital for a quality made sweater and the H&M V-neck Wool Sweater ($50) has both in spades for a great price. This stylish sweater is available in both bold and pastel hues but stick to the dark grey, black or dark blue. Additional features include ribbing for maximum durability at the neckline, cuffs, and hem, so it’s sure to last you through many seasons.
Even if you have not traditionally been a sweater wearer, take some time to look at my men’s wardrobe essential guide for v-necks sweaters. You will find the convenience of a sweater far outweighs traditional jacket options and adds to a more streamlined business/casual appearance.