Colourful men’s cardigans to brighten your spring wardrobe

From Missoni to Jil Sander, add a welcome jolt of colour to the season ahead with our edit of crafty, kaleidoscopic cardigans 

Colourful men’s cardigans to brighten your spring wardrobe
Fashion: Jason Hughes. Interiors: Olly Mason.
(Image credit: Guy Bolongaro)

Left, cardigan, €395; top, €470, both by Leorosa. Shorts, £395, by Erdem. Hat, £200, by Maison Michel. Sandals, £750, by Prada. Socks, €25, by Bresciani. Right, cardigans, £860 each, both by Missoni. Sandals, £750, by Prada. Socks, €25, by Bresciani.‘Maralunga’ armchair, £1,050, by Vico Magistretti, for Cassina, from Monument (throughout). 

The S/S 2022 menswear shows touted cocooning, kaleidoscopic and crafty cardigans as the knitwear silhouette of choice.

Milanese brands promoted prismatic, patterned and painterly shapes that reflected the exuberant spirit of the city – from Missoni’s signature chevron to Marni’s brushstroke stripes.

Man in chair wearing colourful striped cardigan

Cardigan, £1,390; jumper (in the air), £790, both by Marni. Gilet, €470, by Leorosa. Sunglasses, £305, by Cutler and Gross. Sandals, £750, by Prada. Socks, €25, by Bresciani

(Image credit: Guy Bolongaro)

London-based brand Erdem, which presented its first men’s collection for spring, made a case for striped sleeveless jumpers and paintbox-red chunky cardigans in a Sebastian Flyte-meets-1970s-style-icon take on dressing. Meanwhile, the aesthetic of 1980s cinema informed young knitwear label Leorosa’s cardigan designs, which were colour-blocked, boxy creations that riffed on a preppy Ivy League polish.

Fellow fledgling label Waste Yarn Project also favoured contrasting yarn colours, creating collared cardigans formed using asymmetric panels in hues such as turquoise, yellow, fuchsia and orange. Demonstrating an anti-waste approach, each individual style is woven using leftover wool from a Shanghai factory. So instead of being left to gather dust in boxes on a factory floor, the yarns now cocoon the body in bold colour. 

Man in chair wearing colourful cardigans and socks

Cardigan, €530; cardigan (worn underneath), €600; cardigan (in the air), €530, all by Waste Yarn Project. Sandals, £750, by Prada. Socks, €25, by Bresciani

(Image credit: Guy Bolongaro)

Man in chair wearing colour cardigan, socks and sandals

Cardigan, £745; top, £495; jumper (in the air), £360, all by Jil Sander by Lucie and Luke Meier. Shorts, £395, by Erdem. Sandals, £750, by Prada. Socks, €25 per pair, by Bresciani 

(Image credit: Guy Bolongaro)


A version of this article appears in the April 2022 issue of Wallpaper*, on newsstands now and available to subscribers 

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