Knit pickings

Cozy sartorial pieces for 9 to 5.

Whether it was The Row or Givenchy, Calvin Klein or Fendi, the message at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London and Milan was loud and clear: 'tis the season for sweater dressing. For fall/winter 2014-2015, cozy knits are de rigueur. While knits are age-old layering pieces, there's nothing old-fashioned about the ones on offer this season. Striped, printed, embossed and two-toned, they add a modern touch to traditional knitwear. This fall, keep warm and carry on with these stylish knitted creations hot off boutique shelves — which you can wear as is or layer with wardrobe basics.

Striped perfection

Acid wash with grown-up flair best describes this stylish ribbed number (see above). A distinctive version of casual wear, this sophisticated cardigan was made for dressing up. Pair it with a crisp white shirt and neutral slacks to cut a cozy yet sharp figure. Express Men's Acid Wash Shawl Collar Cardigan, $128, at express.com and Express stores across Canada.

Green with envy

On gray days, this teal piece will brighten your day — and your wardrobe. As an eye-catching addition to your business attire, pair this classic cardigan with a printed shirt and tie for a cheerful yet polished look. Ted Baker London Men's Stennis Smart Long-Sleeve Cardigan, $195, at Ted Baker London, Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto and tedbaker.com.

Ted Baker London Men's Stennis Smart Long-Sleeve Cardigan

Raised terrain

A high-fashion take on the perennial blazer, this bold number, with ponte knit sleeves and contrasting lapels, is easy on the eyes and soft to the touch. It won't be a dull day at the office when you don this alluring layering piece. Rachel Sin Graphic Knit Blazer, $265, at select retailers across Canada and rachelsin.com.

Rachel Sin Graphic Knit Blazer

All eyes on sleeve

This season, a play on fabrics reigns supreme. Case in point: this merino wool and leather number, equally flattering whether buttoned up or draped over a blouse or dress. It's no ho-hum cardigan. Judith & Charles Seeley Sweater, $425, at select Judith & Charles boutiques and judithandcharles.com.

Judith & Charles Seeley Sweater