A Buyer’s Guide to Men's Wool Sweaters for Chilly Days

Are you on the lookout for the ultimate men's sweater that ticks all the boxes regarding warmth, style and practicality? Well look no further. We’ve done the research and have the perfect guide to cold weather sweaters for you! 

Whether you’re looking for a heavyweight sweater that is guaranteed to keep you cozy or a lined zip up cardigan, we have it all when it comes to men's sweaters and cardigans, and what's even better is that we have something to suit everyone's budget.

There is nothing quite as stylish as a cozy Irish Aran Sweater to wrap around yourself on chilly days. We believe there is a place for a wool sweater in every man’s wardrobe regardless of where you live.

A good quality wool sweater keeps you warm, fashionable and best of all you can wear it year after year. Here at The Sweater Shop, we love sustainable fashion and we can guarantee our wool sweaters will last forever when cared for properly.

Our Top 10 Irish Aran Sweaters for Cold Weather Warmth

Discover cozy warmth and timeless style with our curated selection of the very best Irish Aran sweaters, perfect for embracing those chilly days in comfort and (c)hunky sweater style!

1. Classic Irish Aran Fisherman Sweater 

Let's start with the classic men's merino wool Aran sweater. This timeless piece is perfect for those chilly days when you need an extra layer of warmth. With a variety of styles available, from crew neck to turtleneck, you can easily find one that suits your personal style. 

What we’ve come to really appreciate in recent years is the addition of colors to the classic Aran fisherman sweater. We now have a range of stunning colors available such as army green, denim marl and damson to name a few. 

Made from the highest quality merino wool, our Irish wool Fisherman sweaters are not only warm but also durable, making them a great investment for your winter wardrobe. Pair with one of our men's Aran scarves and you are sure to be snug as a bug!

2. Irish Aran Wool Cardigans

If you're looking for something a bit more versatile, consider a men's wool cardigan. Perfect for layering over a shirt or t-shirt, cardigans offer both style and functionality. Opt for a chunky knit cardigan for added warmth or choose a lined cardigan if you’re the outdoorsy type who needs a windproof cardigan. 

One of our all time favorite cardigans has to be the handknit full zip cardigan, a better quality men's cardigan you will not find. Firstly it is hand made in Co Mayo using luxurious Merino wool making it so soft you will never want to take it off but secondly this cardigan you can pass down from generation to generation as it is going to last forever. 

That’s what we love about our merino wool cardigans and sweaters, they’re sustainable so that you can wear them year after year, avoiding the expense of buying new cardigans each year.

Every year, a celebrity or movie brings Aran cardigans back into the limelight and this year, Succession showed Logan Roy wearing an Irish Aran Shawl Cardigan, which you can find right here. This stunning Aran cardigan sold so well for us after the show aired showing the multimillionaire wearing it in his home. 

It’s an absolutely stunning cardigan that will be sure to turn heads. Still unsure which cardigan to choose? Head over to our Classic to Contemporary men’s Aran style guide and this hopefully will help you decide!

3. Super Soft Merino Wool Sweaters 

Next up for the luxury lover, we have the most amazing range of sweaters made of super soft merino wool that feels like a hug in a sweater. 

Available in a range of stunning colors (if we do say so ourselves!), this wool sweater is fast becoming one of our most popular styles. So what makes super soft merino wool so soft? 

This wool goes through an extra spinning process that decreases the microns in the material resulting in really soft fiber and hence the luxurious yarn. These super soft merino wool sweaters are also made in Westport by Irish brand Aran Woollen Mills.

This Irish brand was founded in 1965 in Mayo and continues to design and make their wide range of sweaters in their state-of-the-art wool production factory in Westport. We’re committed to supporting local Irish manufacturers so we can stand over our garments. 

This stunning supersoft Irish sweater is unisex so you can mix and match the colors with your partner. A really magnificent sweater that will stand the test of time.

4. 100% Merino Wool Half Zip Sweater

This next men's wool sweater has to be our most popular style ever. The men's half zip Aran sweater is truly a style that doesn't go out of fashion and what we absolutely love about this style is that it suits all ages.

So we have college students from Trinity College coming in to us in our store (which is conveniently located opposite us here on Nassau Street in the heart of Dublin city center) buying this sweater, they seem to love the natural or army green

We then have older gentlemen visiting Ireland on a golf trip for example who equally love this Aran sweater. Denim marl is their color of choice. Each year, we have been adding colors to our collection as we see the popularity grow and grow, slate is a relatively new color with a beautiful wine collar and it’s fast becoming a favorite among all ages.  

This merino wool sweater can be dressed up or down and still look amazing. We have hip young teens looking to jump on the latest trends and high-flying CEOs alike buying this sweater to wear in the boardroom over a white shirt, for example, as well as casually at the weekend.

5. 100% Merino Wool Shawl Neck Sweater

Staying with our most popular men's sweaters, next up is our Merino Wool Shawl Neck Sweater. So this is a close second to our Irish Aran Half Zip Sweater. This wool sweater oozes sophistication and class, making it truly a standout piece to add to your wardrobe. 

This is the type of sweaters celebrities love to wear such as Rob Patterson as it's so stylish and trendy yet all the while keeping you warm and cozy. 

Ideal for wearing on a night out in the town with friends or while lazing around the house at the weekend, keeping heating bills at bay! The shawl neck collar gives extra warmth around your neck so there is no need for an added scarf.

What we love about this sweater is you can see the beautiful intricate stitches throughout the sweater which each stitch having a different meaning such as the honeycomb stitch which represents the hardworking bee and promises a reward for honest labor or the cable knit stitch which represent the fisherman's ropes of the Aran Islands and seen as a symbol of safety and and luck.

6. Heavyweight Irish Aran Sweater

We absolutely love our heavyweight Irish Aran Sweater by fellow family business Irelands Eye knitwear. This is your go to sweater when you need warmth, comfort and style. It is heavier than our classic Aran Fisherman Wool Sweater yet lighter than our handknit Aran Sweaters (and without the price tag) - this absolutely stunning traditional Heavyweight Aran Sweater is made right here in Dublin using the finest merino wool. 

We’re obsessed with the Claret in this wool sweater, it’s got such a warm homely hew that you will never want to take to take it off! This Aran Sweater is also unisex so match with your partner for events like St.Patricks Day and show off your Irish Roots. 

And if you’re looking for the lady in your life, look no further as we have the work done for you

7. Wool and Cashmere Sweaters 

Another incredibly soft wool that is perfect for Winter days is our wool and cashmere blend sweaters, they are so luxurious and warm to wear. We huge fans of Ireland’s Eye wool and cashmere crew neck that comes in a variety of vibrant colors - it’s stylish and modern but, best of all, extremely warm, making it ideal for long walks or wanting to keep cozy indoors!

For the man who wants a more lightweight wool and cashmere sweater, we also stock wool cashmere V and Crews that are ideal for wearing to the office over a shirt or wearing on a night out with friends.

8. Pure Wool Aran Sweater Lightweight

Perhaps you’re living in California or somewhere equally warm and sunny and want something lighter weight, in that case we would advise our lightweight Pure Wool Aran Sweater

Pure Wool comes directly from a freshly sheered sheep so can be coarser to wear than Merino wool. It is lighter in weight than our regular merino wool styles and is ideal for any man living in a hotter climate. 

The price point of these lightweight wool sweater is also a huge selling point, currently on sale at just $54.49, this affordable sweater is an amazing addition to any wardrobe. It can be layered easily with a merino wool scarf or an Aran merino wool scarf to complete the look.

9. Sleeveless Aran Cardigans

While you may think sleeveless cardigans have gone out of fashion, nothing could be further from the truth. Sleeveless Aran Cardigans are actually an amazing way of layering up and keeping cozy while looking stylish. 

They can be worn over your favorite Aran Sweater for extra warmth or over a shirt to keep it smart/casual, making them ideal for throwing on while doing the garden or light exercise if you don't want your sleeves getting in your way.

One of our personal favorites is our Aran Zip Sleeveless Cardigan, available in beige which is such a classic color.

10. Irish Aran Turtlenecks

The Irish Aran Turtleneck has made a huge comeback in recent years and is an amazing sweater if you live in a colder climate and need to keep as warm as possible. It is made of 100% merino wool and available in a few different colors, it’s a simply beautiful classic style that never really goes out of fashion. 

We saw this wool sweater hit the catwalks all over the world this year and it's not hard to see why, it’s functional, fashionable and Fabulous! Available for ladies too, this Irish turtleneck comes in Navy, Charcoal and Natural so there’s a style to suit everyone!

Keep Warm in Style Whatever the Weather

Here at The Sweater Shop, we pride ourselves on having something in store for everyone - it’s always sweater weather here

We’re on hand to assist and support if you have any questions about sizing, style or even just to chat through your general requirements, our customer service team is here in Dublin and online 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Something we get asked quite a lot is how to care for your Irish Aran Sweater and we’ve a useful guide for that right here. Our friends at Ireland’s Eye created a helpful video that shows you step by step how to look after your Aran sweater and keep it fresh year after year. Our Irish Aran Sweaters are heirlooms once looked after correctly, so take some time to watch this video and enjoy your beautiful sweater year after year!