While there are many great things about sweatshirts, no man can or should wear a sweatshirt every day during the winter. A little variety never did any harm, and that’s one of a multitude of reasons for owning a sweater. Sweaters can be a little bit of a head rush – which fabric? Which style? Which color? Will it keep its shape?

Every country and culture has its share of knit patterns and textures, as well as functional details. Sweaters are stand-out pieces that will always make you look good, and they’re not just for sporting on holidays or special occasions; sweaters have a history of being useful, warm garments, and if you take care of yours, they’ll last you a long time.

1. SNS Herning Naval Crewneck

SNS Herning makes very covetable sweaters. Knitted in Denmark, they are of superior quality and construction, and are made in using the same methods as was done when the company began in 1931. This naval crewneck is made of 100% virgin wool, has a slim fit, and is based on a style frequently worn by naval officers and fishermen in Denmark. This is a timeless style, and you’ll be charmed by the hang tag signed by the artisan that made it.

@ Haberdash ($109, on sale from $235)

2. Harley of Scotland Shetland Wool Crewneck

Also a style worn by fishermen, this Shetland wool crewneck is handsome but also tough. The shaggy wool has a lot of texture and, notably, no side seams. Made with 100% new lambswool, the sweater is knit in Scotland and has a more regular fit, so I recommend buying a size smaller than you would normally wear.

Available in six colors and several other styles @ Haberdash ($119, on sale from $148)

3. Saturdays NYC Alex Crewneck

Having a bit of texture on a sweater is pretty much guaranteed, and you can use it to your advantage when you want to look casual or a little more dressed up. This variation on a cable crewneck from Saturdays NYC comes in three colors and is made of 100% wool, and will look just as good over a collared button-button down shirt and under a sport coat as it would worn with jeans over a tee shirt.

Available in three colors @ Saturdays NYC ($140)

4. U.S. Navy WWII Seamans Sweater

While there are a lot of fashion brands out there that make sweaters influenced by what fishermen and seamen have been wearing for decades, it’s nice to know you can still get something close to the real deal. This reproduction of a WWII U.S. Navy seaman’s sweater is made on a shuttle loom from 100% worsted wool, which is coarse and tough, and known for keeping its shape. The higher collar will give you a more rugged look this winter, and you can bet that this sweater will stand up to whatever weather you’re up against this year.

@ Eastman Leather Clothing ($154 before shipping)

5. Journal Standard Mixed Yarn Shawl Cardigan

Journal Standard is a Japanese brand that only recently has become available in the United States. Their clothes definitely reflect the inspiration they take from traditional casual pieces, but include more modern details; this shawl collar cardigan is knit from multiple yarns for a colorful take on a classic style.

@ Gentry ($168, on sale from $240)