We might have mentioned once or twice before that layering is a good thing – which it is. Layering-up gives you more wears out of your hard earned clothes and the satisfaction of unveiling each piece as you warm up. Sadly, there’s little chance of any ‘peel and reveal’ happening this week. Full-on bulletproof layering is the only way to beat this week’s surprise arctic blast. But, if you choose your layers wisely, you can still feel toasty without sacrificing a sharp look.
I discovered the knitted blazer last season, which has proven to be one of the most adaptable pieces in my wardrobe. It’s ideal for those times when an extra cosy layer is needed but you’re not in a position to chill out (pardon the pun) in your favourite chunky sweater. It’s become a constant must-pack travel item, too. So, back by popular demand, it’s here again for spring. If you’ve yet to experience the benefits of this multi-purpose layering piece, now’s the time. Read on for five pieces that’ll keep you knitted up for the weeks ahead.
1. Altea navy double-breasted knitted blazer
This Italian textile brand runs a tight ship when it comes to developing its product range. With over 100 years experience, Altea leaves nothing to chance – it designs, tests and produces all it’s garments locally. The brand’s strength is in creating timeless pieces with particular care taken in its choice of fabrications. This double-breasted knitted jacket is a good example; it’s made from thick textured cotton, tailored with sharp peaked lapels, a soft construction and deep patch pockets. The knit’s slightly open structure lends a dappled transparency to the jacket, so we’d advise you layer up this soft tailoring with dark merino knit and topcoat now, and pair it back with a striped tee and breezy pleated trousers when the weather warms up.
£365, shop now
2. Sunspel Milano knitted blazer
While Sunspel is probably best known for its fine underwear, this Milano blazer is a welcome addition to the brand’s collection – part of Sunspel’s move towards offering some well-designed wardrobe staples alongside its core products. It offers a touch of informality that stays just on the right side of smart. Knitted from merino wool, it’s a classic two-button single-breasted style with notched lapels. The clean lines and minimal detailing make it an excellent piece to pack away on a trip, whether a business stop-over that requires something smart enough to wear with a shirt and tie, or something more smart-casual where a polo shirt underneath would suffice. However you choose to wear it, this piece has you covered. Perfect for those journeys that require a little more insulation, but no less style.
£295, shop now 3. Camoshita waffle knit blazer
Founded in 2007, Camoshita’s star has been steadily rising ever since – thanks in no small part to the immaculate style of it’s founder, Mr Yasuto Kamoshita. The brand is best known for its clever mix of traditional American Ivy league style influences, paired with the contemporary ease of Southern Italian tailoring. We’re particularly smitten with this knitted jacket in a grey and white textured waffle knit – it’s great for adding a subtle injection of texture to an otherwise plain outfit. It’s partially lined with square lapels, which gives it a little more structure than some of the softer knits we’ve picked, so we’d recommend you dress it up with a preppy white button-down shirt, a pair of dark tailored trousers and smart suede loafers.
£800, shop now
4. Uniqlo Milano ribbed jacket
While we love a timeless navy blazer, we do know there are other worthy smart-casual jackets out there, and this Milano knit from Japanese favourite Uniqlo comes in a very useful charcoal grey, too. With such a tempting price point, why not invest in both the colours? That way you can keep them on rotation in your wardrobe, as two of your go-to staples. It comes in a light wool-mix knitted jersey, making it the perfect weight for layering up with plain crew necks, striped tees or relaxed collarless shirts. Finish with a pair of slim-cut navy cotton trousers and a pair of white sneakers.
£39.90, shop now
5. Connolly cashmere knitted jacket
Quality and craftsmanship can be guaranteed from chic British heritage brand Connolly. It’s traditionally known for its fine leather goods, but it’s menswear’s just as impressive. Moreover, this single-breasted wool jacket feels weighty enough to keep-off the chill as you sip those sundowners – take it on your spring escape and it’ll do anything you need it to. It’s predictably luxurious, with versatile three-button closure, real horn buttons and finely stitched details along the cuffs and hems. It’s unstructured, too; so it’ll drape smoothly across the body ands finish neatly just below the waist for a clean look. Dress it up with a lightweight white shirt (linen or cotton chambray are ideal), dark knitted tie and a pair of charcoal grey flannel cuffed trousers.
£325, shop now