100% cotton sweaters are great options for the summer or can work as a year-round sweater depending on the thickness of the knit. When you need an extra layer of warmth on a cool evening or in an overly air-conditioned office, they are a perfect choice.
Cotton sweaters are generally more affordable, easier to take care of, and easier to wash than other sweater fabrics. They are comfy to wear since they are breathable, have a lightweight feel, and feel soft against the skin. Cotton won’t keep you as warm as other sweater materials like wool or cashmere, but it usually makes an excellent option in warmer months. They are also great for men who overheat indoors when wearing warmer yarns.
Please scroll down to see our picks for the best cotton sweaters for men, from thick cable knits to thin and lightweight options.
L.L. Bean Signature Cotton Fisherman Sweater
The L.L. Bean Signature Cotton Fisherman Sweater is a classic that has a beautiful cable-knit that a lot of people now associate with the viral sweater that Chris Evans wore in ‘Knives Out‘.
This L.L Bean design is a fairly slim cut, so it doesn’t look bulky or overly heavy. The weight of the cotton means that it can be worn year-round (depending on where you live and the temperatures you are dealing with).
Reviewers describe it as being soft, warm, fluffy. The sleeves have a good length to them. Some men find the weave is a bit loose, so if you are wearing a different colored shirt underneath, it may show through some of the gaps. This is a great choice if you are looking for a heavy, and warm but breathable style.
Available from L.L Bean
L.L.Bean Organic Cotton Rollneck Crew Sweater
Another option from L.L.Bean that is worth a look at is the Organic Cotton Rollneck Crew Sweater. This is heavier weight cotton than the Fisherman style listed above. It is also organic cotton which a lot of shoppers are seeking out these days.
The design is a rollneck, and it has a relaxed and comfy fit through the body and sleeves. The waffle-stitch gives it a bit of texture while still being super soft.
A few reviewers say that the L.L.Bean Organic Cotton Rollneck Crew Sweater is the perfect sweater. It is super comfy, fits well, and has a great rugged look.
Available from L.L. Bean
Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cotton Sweater
Brands like Polo, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren almost always have a few excellent cotton sweaters. A good one to check out is the Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cotton Sweater.
It’s a classic design that has a timeless look that you can wear for years. You can wear this cotton crewneck anywhere by dressing it up or down, depending on the occasion. It does have the signature embroidered pony at the left chest, so be aware of that if you are interested in this pick.
Available from Amazon
Bonobos Cotton Sweater
The Cotton Sweater from Bonobos is a breathable, lightweight design that comes in a great selection of fresh colors.
It is a pretty slim, fitted design, so probably not a good option for everyone, but if that is what you are looking for, this is a very nice choice.
Available from Bonobos
Banana Republic Organic Cotton Raglan Sweater
Banana Republic’s Organic Cotton Raglan Sweater is another organic option with a unique raglan sleeves design. The raglan sleeves give it a kind of casual almost sweatshirt vibe.
Reviewers rave that the fabric feels super soft, and they love the subtle colors and style. This sweater is thin enough to wear year-round, whether you are wearing it with a dress shirt underneath, on its own, or under a jacket.
Available from Banana Republic
Lands’ End Men’s Classic-Fit Fine Gauge Supima Cotton V-neck Sweater
The Lands’ End Men’s Classic-Fit Fine Gauge Supima Cotton V-neck Sweater is an excellent choice if you are looking for SOFT cotton. This v-neck is made from 100% Supima® cotton that is known for its soft and silky feel. The cotton has also been combed for extra softness.
The fit is classic but tailored, so it is flattering on almost everyone. You can pair this sweater with a dress shirt or wear it under a blazer since it is relatively lightweight. The knit is comfy and a great weight to keep you warm without the bulk. Shoppers also love the quality and the feel of the fit.
Available from Landsend.com
Amazon Essentials Men’s V-Neck Sweater
One of the best budget options going is the Amazon Essentials Men’s V-Neck Sweater. It is 100% cotton v-neck that gets glowing reviews for the quality and affordable price. Men find this sweater to be comfortable and versatile. The cotton is also soft, smooth, and thick enough to be worn in the winter.
The fit is loose, and some reviewers find it to be a little larger than they are expecting but not necessarily in a bad way. It works well as casual wear as a layer or on its own.
Available from Amazon
French Connection Milano Regular Fit Crewneck Sweater
French Connection’s Milano Regular Fit Crewneck Sweater is a soft and smooth-to-the-touch design that reviewers say is more like a top than a sweater. Shoppers also love that it isn’t bulky, is well made, and the colors are great.
Available from Nordstrom
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