How to Wear Wool Like a Style Icon
Text: Mikael Vallin
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Rarely has layered, darkly coloured knitwear commanded so much presence and sparked so much inspiration as when worn by artist Alberto Giacometti. The more worn and burled the wool, the greater the effect, meaning that this is a look where truly high-quality knitwear really comes into its own. These are garments guaranteed to age gracefully and whose mends, brushed textures, and small imperfections will only add to their charm and character. But you won’t need an untamed artistic temperament or chiselled features to pull this look off. Just find a way to make it your own.
Even if mentioning Steve McQueen when talking about men’s style may be becoming a bit tiresome, it’s hard not to think of this image of him steering a boat dressed in a heavy-knit cardigan with a shawl collar. Though instead of striped trousers, we have instead chosen to pair it with navy-blue chinos and the brown suede chukka boots McQueen was so fond of. Under the cardigan, we wear, just like the man himself, a chambray shirt.
Mick Jagger is the perfect example of how the rockstars of the 1960s set the standard for contemporary style. Each component is relatively simple, but a combination of the right colours, models, and fits shows how simplicity is often the most stylish choice. For this look, we pair a heavy-knit rollneck jumper with trousers in a harmonising tone to create a monochrome ensemble in shades of grey and black.