The Best Half-Zip Sweaters To Buy
The bleak winter months aren’t the best for motivation and getting dressed when it’s still dark outside is nobody’s idea of festive. There is some sartorial good news though, as with winter, man’s second-best friend comes back into rotation.
We’re talking about knitwear – good ol’, reliable and always-cosy knitwear. While you might have your roll necks, crewnecks and V-necks all sorted though, one style making an unlikely comeback is the half-zip sweater.
Not long ago, it was the preserve of middle-aged golfers and style-phobic political advisors, who rather obscured the half-zip’s merits. Now it’s being remade in luxe fabrics and styled in interesting ways and there are good reasons as to why it should be a mainstay within your wardrobe. Allow us to break it down for you.
The Case For A Half-Zip Sweater
It could be argued that the half-zip sweater is one of the most overlooked pieces of knitwear out there. Excellent for trans-seasonal wear and as a mid-layer during winter, it was born in the sporting arena.
The style dates back to the 1930s with the advent of the zip, which, of course, allows the wearer to expose and protect their neck and adjust and regulate body temperature, and was often worn by runners during that period. It’s traditionally made from natural fibres such as wool, cashmere and cotton, but man-made options like fleece are also popular if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more casual.
In recent years the half-zip sweater has been adopted by both the luxury set as well as streetwear brands (often one and the same these days), so it appeals to all sorts – from financial consultants to football casuals. Most half-zips come in easy to wear tones – greys, navy and neutrals – which gives them immense versatility. In one of these shades it’s far from a statement piece, and as a result can be worn with more outfits than you might first think.