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Loose-knit fabrics were one of the biggest trends to emerge from this season’s capsule show, and while we got a tiny taste of it with Raf Simon x Fred Perry’s S/S 09 collection, we’re now ready to upgrade it to a full blown happening.

This version is from Raf Perry’s Fall/Winter line, but we’d say approach it with caution. If you’re an undershirt type, you’re going to have a lot of glaring white peeking through…and even if you aren’t, you might have to worry about a few chest hairs making a break for it. It’s a good look if you can pull it off, but it’s not for everyone.

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This cardigan from April77 might be an easier way through, and not just because it’s playing off a more familiar look. The check shirt lets the weave get a lot looser without being dangerous, and ends up as a spin on the hangdog look that looser cardigans often get. We’re partial to the color too, but don’t worry if it’s a little too sallow for your tastes. There’s plenty more where that came from.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom