Why not make Christmas a time to spend better? Instead of fast purchases, you should slow down a little and use it as an opportunity to treat your fine self to something more substantial. Think big and chunky, think timeless appeal, think yourself lucky that Uncommon Man have launched the perfect shawl-neck cardigan. Made in Scotland from 90% wool and 10% cashmere Loro Piana yarns, this supersoft (but seriously substantial) 7-gauge style has reigned supreme in the knitwear stakes for decades.

A lifelong favourite of Steve McQueen (a man who could do no wrong) the thicker yarns on this iconic shape have been engineered to effortlessly ease those brutal winter chills. A durable and preppy classic, it’s been designed to skim, not cling, and it works best if you keep it neat length-wise - hovering around that sweet spot just below the hip. Worn open over a shirt for laid-back days or buttoned up to greet the in-laws, it straddles the worlds of smart-casual without ever looking like you’ve tried too hard.

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Always alpha, never nerdy (wearing cardigans didn’t stop Starsky & Hutch from fighting crime) the shawl-neck really packs a punch. With all the insulation properties of a real log fire and generous pockets for stashing stocking fillers (or the TV remote) it is, without a doubt, the natural choice for Christmas Day.

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