Style Manual

The modern man’s guide to dressing well every day

It’s around about this time of year that the weather starts to turn. Your staple office shirt and trousers simply don’t cut it early in the morning or after work drinks. And that air con at work is more chilly than comfortable, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to layer up in knits. From polos to crew necks, here how to wear knits in the office.

Chunky vs Smart


If you’re after a jumper for the office, stick to fine knit and lightweight options. As the name suggests, Nordic-styles, Fair Isle or fisherman jumpers are designed for the outdoors rather than a desk-bound work environment.

Sometimes called fine-gauge (in a nutshell, this means more stitches of a finer yarn per inch of fabric), the smart knit is a slimline version of its chunky counterpart. This means you can easily layer it over your work shirt or team with formal trousers without resembling someone off on a 10-mile hike.

The Crew Neck Jumper

A crew neck jumper, for example, will show less of your tie and collar and be less forgiving than say a v-neck with a bulky tie knot. It will also offer versatility in terms of shirt collar. You can wear your shirt collar either tucked under or outside the neckline of the jumper. Or you could simply go without a jacket and choose a knit instead.

The Roll Neck

Fuss-free and minimal, the roll neck or turtle neck can look just as smart as a shirt and tie with a suit. Just as long as you stick to a fine-gauge knit. A roll neck is also a good choice to go from day to play instantly. For a sleek silhouette, wear under a blazer with a pair of formal trousers or even chinos.

The Knitted Polo

If your dress code is slightly more casual, a knitted polo can work when styled simply with formal trousers. You can even swap out an office shirt for a knitted polo under your suit. This versatile piece of kit is worth considering if you want something that ticks the smart-casual and contemporary box.


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