Forget Fleece Season, Half-Zip Sweaters Are Where It’s At

It’s easy to vividly picture the stereotypical embarrassing dad. He’s standing there holding court at a family gathering, sipping on a Bud Lite, haplessly misjudging the room while cracking awkward jokes about politics. But wait! As words slur out his mouth, a slightly jarring thought occurs to you that, despite his questionable humor, controversial beliefs, and the fact he is drunkenly humiliating himself in front of the entire room, here is a guy who knows how to dress.

The signifier is not his ice-white Nike Monarchs or Levi’s 501s, but his classy half-zip sweater.

When it comes to foundational basics that every guy should keep in their wardrobe, the half-zip sweater is often criminally overlooked. Unfairly associated with rapidly aging dudes like the one I imagined above and Silicone Valley bros who inexplicably wore it with a shirt underneath, the half-zip is a layering dream. Think of it like the fleece’s little, altogether lighter brother — the outerwear piece you reach for when doing the hungover bodega run and it’s still balmy out. Conversely, if it’s cold and you require some extra insulation, wear it under a jacket. Throw in the fact it looks good with both sneakers and smart shoes, and you have a secret weapon to be reckoned with for the problematic spring/summer transitional season.

Finding a nice half-zip sweater needn’t break the bank and to prove it, we took a trip to Harvey Nichols. For example, this $80 cozy staple from British label MKI. If you do want something slightly more exorbitant, however, JW Anderson, Les Tien, and (for those who really want to nail that DILF-enjoying-himself-at-a-ski-lodge-fondue-party-in-Saint-Moritz vibe) Polo Ralph Lauren all have dope options.

C.P. Company’s tech-forward approach to materials makes it a go-to for all things sweaters. This half-zip features taped zips and the signature arm lens as finishing touches.

This grey cable-knit is the kind of thing someone wears when they have their life together. Reliable, clean, and practical too.

Les Tien has made a name for itself with some of the best blank staples on the market. The Yacht Sweatshirt features a washed-out grey finish and a slightly cropped body for a more interesting take on the style.

JW Anderson knocks it out of the park with this nautical-style iteration. Complete with the brand’s signature rectangular zip pull.

Sunspel’s detail-free approach shifts the focus onto its high-end materials. Pure merino wool is the star of this show which will see you comfortably through every season of the year.

A mock-neck build replaces the usually higher collar on this Fred Perry sweatshirt. It’s a subtle variation that makes all the difference.

Easily the coziest version in today’s roundup, this MKI sherpa zip is basically a cloud in sweater form.

Bold color has come to define Paul Smith’s output and the flash of vivid blue to the zip of this design is the standout effect.

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