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Social distancing. Virtual events. And that *shudders* mute button. It can be hard to communicate properly right now, to say the least. It’s not only human-substituting tech that’s to blame, either. Cast adrift in a sea of grey sweatpants, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little voiceless when it comes to dressing.

But we hear you. Fashion has long been a way to communicate; the wardrobe the perfect medium for making the statements of the individual. That’s why, with the help of MATCHESFASHION, we’re running the rule on this season’s statement sweaters that are unashamedly loud. These are the pieces that’ll make you be and feel seen.

IRL audiences might have been absent from recent FW21 menswear shows in Paris and Milan, but that didn’t stop iconic fashion houses and up and coming labels from sparking conversations through their clothing. Loud, graphic sweaters were walked down the runway by Virgil-helmed Louis Vuitton, ERL, Prada, and many more. To help you get ahead of the look, we’ve picked out 10 statement sweaters from a roster of labels that includes Raf Simons, Gucci, and Jacquemus. Mute button or no mute button, your wardrobe will be heard.

Master of all things oversized, Raf Simons just took your WFH wardrobe to new heights. Comfortable doesn’t have to be boring.

Jacquemus serves up a statement sweater that revels in the art of subtlety. In fact, your Zoom colleagues won’t even see its bold seams until you wave your dad furiously out of the room in fear.

The first of three cutout sweaters on this selection, this one comes courtesy of Central Saint Martins alumnus Stefan Cooke. Holes in your clothes never looked so good.

“He lit up any Zoom he walked into.” Is how you’ll be remembered when people retell tales of these strange times. But only if you invest in this.



Two from Raf Simons make this list, because MATCHESFASHION just received the Belgian fashion icon’s new Archive Redux — featuring re-issues of classic pieces from the Raf catalog. This sweater was part of the AW14 collection and was a collab with artist Sterling Ruby.

Nothing says drip like a gold Fendi cashmere number. This sweater’s cutouts make room for going even harder with another loud layer underneath. Or for wearing nothing at all, if your Zoom meeting permits it.

When you’ve got a Zoom call at twelve and a round of golf at two, this Gucci sweater, cemented in cool by the likes of Tyler, the Creator, is ideal.

High quality, chunky knit sweaters like this one by JW Anderson make staying home a thing to cherish.

The last of the cutout sweaters on this list of loud ones. A definite recurring theme across this season’s collections, it’s a whole new way to layer.

Jonathan Anderson’s confident use of color is on display in this ribbed Loewe sweater that’ll add some nice contrast to muted pants and accessories.

From cutout sweaters to a slashed one, and this ’90s-vibe polo piece from Y/Project. Will still be useful come any summer evening.

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