It’s time to set aside the plain knitwear and make this season the one to experiment with print. With patterned designs landing themselves a place in our top trend countdown for autumn/winter 2015, it’s only right we showcase some of the best in the market. However, bold doesn’t need to mean brash. Many labels are combining striking motifs with quality fabrics to create standout yet sophisticated garments you can slip on any day of the week. From knitwear specialists to high street favourites, these ten pieces will help you tap into this trend with ease.
1. PS By Paul Smith Arrow-Intarsia Wool Sweater
British designer label Paul Smith’s PS diffusion line always brings the fun. This arrow printed number adds a playful edge to a simple grey crew neck. A perfect statement piece to mix in with basics and smarter pieces, it offers plenty of colour without going overboard. Available at Mr Porter, priced £165.
2. John Smedley Lithic Jumper
Fresh from its autumn/winter 2015 presentation, this printed jumper by John Smedley recreates the intricate pattern of Derbyshire’s Blue John stone on extra fine merino wool. Modern and refined in equal measure, this option will add a directional aspect to any outfit. Available at John Smedley, priced £225.
3. ASOS Jumper with Fluffy Yarn & Grid Check
Go geometric with this grid print jumper by ASOS. The monochrome pattern is strong enough to stand out, but not too brash that you’ll find it hard to work into your existing wardrobe. Wear over a black shirt and with your favourite skinny jeans for an alternative smart-casual look. Available at ASOS, priced £34.
4. Neil Barrett Lightning Bolt Intarsia-Wool Sweater
Fashion designer Neil Barrett perfected his craft at the likes of Gucci and Prada before establishing his own label in 1999. The Englishman has since made waves in the menswear world, thanks to his statement streetwear, which comes with a refined twist. This playful jumper stays true to form, offering an unmissable print on a high quality knit that others are sure to want. Available at Mr Porter, priced £280.
5. H&M Jacquard-Knit Jumper
Swedish fast fashion retailer H&M has brought an Aztec touch to knitwear this season, producing this colourful piece to brighten up those cold and dark days. Crafted from soft cotton, team with plain dark denim and a simple pair of trainers to keep your outfit feeling tidy and balanced. Available at H&M, priced £29.99.
6. Maison Kitsuné Fox Head Sweater
Parisian brand Maison Kitsuné embraced its Japanese translation, ‘fox’, to create a statement knit this season. Set against a black backdrop, the quirky animal emblem acts as the centrepiece, while lambswool construction offers light and easy wear. Slip this on with tailored trousers and a clean-cut white shirt for a true European vibe. Available at END Clothing, priced £279.
7. Zara Striped Sweater
This striped Zara jumper sticks to the simple and classic. Despite embracing standard cream and navy nautical stripes, it’s the ribbed texture that really brings the piece to life. Plus, with its light colouring, this sweater will see you through the tail end of summer and right into winter. Available at Zara, priced £25.99.
8. Reiss Church Printed Lightweight Jumper
Reiss rarely steers towards bold patterns, however it seems to have bent its rules slightly for autumn/winter 2015. This printed wool and cotton option shows off the retailer’s take on camouflage, coming in a rich burgundy palette with tonal patches of purple and brown. Stick to muted shades elsewhere to let the jumper really pop. Available at Reiss, priced £85.
9. Scotch & Soda Giant Spot Jumper
Since its relaunch in the early 2000s, Dutch label Scotch & Soda has once again become a firm favourite of stylish men across the globe. This polka dot jumper is just one example of its dedication to contemporary design, offering a fun standout print on an everyday garment. Don’t be put off by the striking pattern, this piece is as versatile as they come, looking just as great layered over a button-down shirt as it does a plain tee. Available at John Lewis, priced £145.
10. Ted Baker Carguy Zigzag Pattern Wool Jumper
Graphic lines bring a flashy edge to this soft merino wool jumper from Ted Baker, while the rich purple shade will help you stand out in a heard of black-coated commuters. Team with clean white leather trainers and dark skinny jeans for a super-slick urban look. Available at Ted Baker, priced £95.