Sweater weather: you’ll need the warmth of good wool. Look no further than these irish brands …
The depths of winter can only mean one thing: wearing the cosiest of knitwear. Irish wool is completely natural, renewable and biodegradable which helps us reduce our carbon footprint and supports our local economy. A good quality natural yarn sweater can elevate any outfit. Here are the foundation sweaters needed in your wardrobe.
THE POLO-NECK: Layer a long-sleeve T-shirt underneath a polo-neck sweater and wear with downtime denim jeans and a pair of leather boots for the ultimate smart-casual look.
Salt and pepper Fisherman marled wool sweater, €159; www.blarney.com.
THE CREW-NECK: A mid-weight cashmere spun knit-and-shirt combo always looks great. Make sure the sweater neck is round and ideally the collar of the shirt will be buttoned up. This combo looks great with cords.
Burnt orange Winter double-cuff cashmere-mix sweater, €385; www.inismeain.ie.
THE V-NECK: The allround versatile sweater. Looks great with a pristine white T-shirt underneath.
THE POLO-SHIRT SWEATER: Teamed with a smart suit and crisp shirt, a thin-collared merino/silk blend polo sweater can be a great tie replacement.
Navy Diamond Troyer wool-mix sweater, €139.95; www.irelandseyeknitwear.com.
THE LUXE SWEATER: The Inis Meáin Knitting Company, run by MarieThérèse and Ruairí de Blacam, is the epitome of Irish luxury. This Aran island-based knitwear company presents an edged-up, modern take on the traditional sweater featuring colours resonant of island land-andseascape, made and hand-fi nished in the Aran Islands workshop and stocked in some of the very best stores around the world, each piece transcends trend-based fashions. Inis Meáin Knitting Company is online at www.inismeain.ie and at Brown Thomas, Dublin.
Reverse Carpenter’s jacket; www.inismeain.ie.
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For timeless sweaters you can wear season after season, look no further than Ireland’s Eye. Made and designed in Dublin, it’s Cas (takes its name from the Irish for “twist”) collection is suitable to wear to the office or on the weekend; www.irelandseyeknitwear.com. Every winter wardrobe needs a trusty polo-neck. Blarney’s Fisherman Out Of Ireland Fisherman marl sweater, €159, is made from a cashmere/merino wool mix; www.blarney.com.
LUXE CASHMERE Cashmere, from the undercoat of the Cashmere goat, is softer, lighter and more insulating than regular wool. Monaghans’ forte is quality cashmere sweaters in classic shapes. The collection of two-ply crew-necks, V-necks and polo shirts come in more colours than a fancy box of macarons and are available in eight sizes. www.monaghanscashmere.ie.
CONTEMPORARY ARANS For a contemporary take on the Aran sweater, look at Stable Of Ireland’s colourful Donegal range, €220. Lighter weight than the traditional Aran, the diamond stitch is a traditional design replicating fishing nets and was used as a symbol for wealth and success; www.stableofireland.com. Also worth a look is Faye Dinsmore’s hand-knit speckled yarn take on the Aran; www.fayedinsmore.com.
Green Donegal Aran sweater, €220; www.stableofireland.com.
WITTY KNITS Northern Irish designer JW Anderson’s label delivers wardrobe staples with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour for the less-than-muted man. His AW22 collection features whimsical animal-print knits. Blow the budget? The Elder Statesman vibrant multicoloured knits are the last word in luxury and style. Fashion doesn’t always have to be serious; www.jwanderson.com; www.elder-statesman.com.
Forest green Elephant merino wool sweater, €309; www.jwanderson.com.