Forget the vest—your new favorite layer is something warm and cozy.
The holidays are coming, which means you’re going to have plenty of obligations excuses to put on something nice outside of the office. While there are several ways to polish up your style without putting on a suit—silk shirt, anyone?—really good tailoring remains the easiest way to look sharp in a pinch. But you want to avoid looking like a guy who just got off of work ,and prevent yourself from falling down the “should I wear a tie?” rabbit hole (it’s a deep one). Our suggestion: reach for a sweater instead. Sweaters instantly makes a suit look party-ready. They’re also warm, which is key if your locale is chilly and you don’t want to wear your puffer jacket to a swanky cocktail party. Here, three highly respectable, right-now ways to wear knitwear under your tailoring. This holiday season, getting cozy dones’t have to mean wearing sweats.
The ’70s-Inspired V-neck
Loud knitwear is everywhere right now, but not all of it works with tailoring. One option that always does? Lightweight, v-neck sweaters done in ’70s-inspired patterns are easy to style under a suit, and have the energy for a party, too. Whether you wear one under a dark suit and call it a day, or turn the volume up a bit more like Ryan Gosling and Bill Skarsgard here, is up to you. Prada makes the trippiest and swankiest knits, but for something a bit more affordable, hit your local vintage shop.
The Minimalist Turtleneck
If you want to skew more sophisticated, a sold neutral turtleneck is a no-brainer. Match the sweater to your suit, either exactly or in a monochromatic one-shade-off way, to really up the luxe factor. Mock-necks are cool right now and can work with a suit, too (see: our man Common), but you can’t go wrong with a classic fold-over turtleneck. If you’re a newbie to the tall-neck, stick with the latter.
The Menswear Diehard Sweater
It’s been a minute since guys have been going full-on menswear peacock. Now that we’ve had a little space, these traditional layered-up looks feel fresh again. If you know your windowpanes from your shepherd’s checks—or just want want to lean into the old-world gentleman vibe—grab a sweater with some texture or pattern like Chris Paul and Andrew Garfield do here and layer it under a patterned suit or jacket.