The perpetual conundrum of dressing for cooler weather is keeping warm without bulking up too much or looking like you're making an assault on Everest. Parkas and the like are all well and good in the proper context, but most well-turned out gents know you get the most mileage, sartorially speaking, from a perfect sweater.
Perfection in the kind of apparel that we think of as legacy pieces has been the very successful mission of S.F.-based artisans Taylor Stitch since they first started turning out impeccably made garments several years ago, so it's no surprise they've aced this one as well.
The new Whaler sweater is a triumph over the elements in an equal mix of wool and alpaca, two of the essential ingredients for looking good while keeping toasty. If you've never owned anything made of alpaca, consider this your opportunity to catch up.
Softer, more resilient and warmer than other natural fibers, alpaca is world class, but the addition of wool bolsters the structure and adds to its insulating properties. And the cool color of the Whaler Sweater is simply called "alpaca" because it's completely free of dye.
Cut in a tailored silhouette to dress up or down perfectly, it's constructed using a "fisherman's rib" stitch creating volume, thickness, and stability with just the right amount of stretch. Over an Oxford it's a bit nattier, over a t-shirt, more casual, but always on point.