The holiday season means something different to everyone, but one common (at least in the northern hemisphere) treat is donning a cozy sweater at every possible opportunity. Whether you're sipping eggnog around the fire, heading to holiday parties or just meeting up with friends and family, a sweater is an essential aspect to making a festive fashion statement. Plus, they're the most comfortable way to smarten up. Carrying on with our holiday Gift Guide in partnership with Bonobos, we're taking a closer look at the luxuriously soft cashmere offerings from the premier menswear brand.
A great sweater starts with great wool. For their entire cashmere line, Bonobos opted for 100% Italian cashmere wool. Bonobos' cashmere is especially light, strong and soft. Bonobos cashmere comes from one of the oldest family-run mills in Italy and is considered the best in the world. "We take great care in selecting our materials," says the company's Vice President of Design, Dwight Fenton, "Everyone from our material suppliers to manufacturers are extremely well-vetted." The cut of the sweaters is designed to offer a tailored yet comfortable fit. "Our company was founded on the principle of offering clothes that are cut exceptionally well," Fenton says. The armholes and necklines are specially designed for layering with the brand's cut and sewn button-ups, optimally cut to avoid bunching around the shoulders. A welcome change in the sweater game.
With five classically styled sweaters in a range of colors—from neutral grays and navys to seasonal show-stoppers—there's something in the Bonobos cashmere collection for everyone. "Every detail is taken into great consideration," Fenton says, "We have very minimal branding in all of our products." For example, with the Portofino cashmere hoody the depth of pockets and hood were tirelessly measured and designed. The Portofino is the ultimate luxurious casual piece for the colder months. Keeping things casual but still stylish, the San Marino calls to mind classic baseball sweatshirt styling with a classic two-tone color scheme.
Meanwhile, the Cortina Cardigan is perfect for dressing up or down. Throw it over a T-shirt for optimal lounging or smarten up with an oxford and tie to own the party. Our favorite piece for the holidays has to be the Monticello , a cable-knit classic that blends the timeless with contemporary styling. Bright colors and an expert cut make this a sweater for the holidays and beyond. For those looking for something more basic without sacrificing the luxury of cashmere, Bonobos offers crewnecks in a range of colors as well as a V-neck design that is cut just deep enough for your patterned oxford to complete your look.
For a closer look at all of the sweaters for the holiday season—including the indulgent cashmere series—check out Bonobos online. Or check out one of the eight Bonobos Guideshops across the US, where customers can browse the entire catalogue, get one-on-one style advice and—most importantly—get the perfect fit before making a no-hassle online purchase.