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The 10 best versions of the sweater that’ll take you from now through winter.
The 10 best versions of the sweater that’ll take you from now through winter.
With the exception of the matching overalls our parents made us wear in first grade and the one student-run musical wherein we played vaudevillian evil twins, my twin brother and I have always, for the most part, dressed neither completely different nor the same. In truth, we never really cared.
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If you aren’t already, it’s only a short matter of time before you’re reaching for a cardigan on your way out the door.
Whether it’s a chunky-knit one that can serve as outerwear, or a more finely knit layering piece, the cardigan is the perfect fall-to-winter accomplice. So we rounded up the best new ones on the market right now...
The six cardigans to consider this fall.»
As the warm-weather gear continues to trickle into shops, we couldn’t help but notice this two-tone shawl-collar cardigan from Drumohr sticking out like a sore, overly warm thumb as it recently arrived at Unionmade.
But upon further review, the Scots over at Drumohr had us fooled: it’s a cotton-linen blend that’s knit so loose, you could almost see through it. Which seems uniquely well suited for this time of year. Here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: The legendary knitwear brand was founded in southern Scotland in the 1700s and has been a favorite among Europe’s well-to-do ever since.
Who to Channel: Steve McQueen piloting a pontoon boat; a royal of Monaco on the kind of French Riviera day when socks aren’t necessary but a little extra warmth might be nice.
When to Wear It: Right about now, and anytime a warm day cools off into the sunset as the summer approaches.
Degree of Difficulty: Medium. This is a pretty slouchy garment, so we’d keep this for the breezy-weekend-and-beach-bonfire circuit.
A moment of inspiration, after the jump.»
Things Are Looking Better: An indepth look at the seemingly inexplicable rise of the well-dressed man by T Magazine (fine, we won’t take all the credit for it).
Topper Gore: Justin Bieber popped up wearing a bedazzled baseball cap recently, much to the dismay of Esquire who’ve rounded up some better options.
Cardigan And Again: Put This On ponders the economics of a chunky knit shawl collar cardigan: spend a few hundred today, save thousands on heating bills over a lifetime…
Maroon One: A useful guide for those of you out there considering following the tao of Adam Levine, courtesy of Four Pins.
As menswear’s love affair with Italian tailoring runs its course, there’s been a rising trend in rumpled luxury—some have gone so far as to name it “cozy boy.” (In other words, this refined-sweatpants craze is not going away anytime soon.)
Whatever you want to call it, the gold standard of this new menswear subculture has to be Elder Statesman, this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipient. It features a collection of impossibly soft, well-made and exorbitantly priced cashmere. If draping yourself in the finest of hand-knit opulence is your thing, or you’d just like to admire a $3,200 cardigan (er, robe?), here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: The charmed life of knitwear designer Greg Chait has involved interning for Whitney Houston, dating an Olsen and stumbling into a high-level position with jean maker Ksubi. He founded Elder Statesman in 2007, making cashmere blankets for the wealthy—stocking private theaters and jets, that sort of thing—and the rest is history.
Who to Channel: Those Snuggie commercials—but while cozying up on your private jet instead of your lonely couch.
When to Wear It: This isn’t a sweater, this is a lifestyle.
Degree of Difficulty: Low/irrelevant: if you’re spending three grand on a stay-at-home sweater, you’re probably not going to listen to us anyway.
A few more lavish knit offerings from Elder Statesman after the jump.»
To Button, or Not to Button: Men’s Flair waxes poetic on the charms of the cardigan and delves into the question of whether the bottom button should be fastened. [Men’s Flair]
In Cider Trading: Everything you need to know about the tipple of the season: hard cider. (Including where to find the good stuff.) [Valet]
Abe L. Bodied Men: On the occasion of Lincoln’s premiere, Slate tips their top hat to a dozen impressive Abraham Lincoln impersonators. [Slate]
All He Wants for His Birthday...: Celebrating the 77th birthday of French style icon Alain Delon. [Driven]
San Francisco’s Unionmade unveiled their Indigo project last year—and it was some groundbreaking stuff. (We even felt the need to take a closer look.)
And they’ve just unveiled round two of the dozen or so collaborations, all garment-dyed in deep blue to produce a sea of handsomeness—from button-downs made in New England, to shawl-collar cardigans, to peacoats made in San Francisco. There’s even an indigo dye kit in case you’ve got something that you think should’ve been part of the collaboration.
If you can even find anything in your closet that isn’t already blue.
The rule of three has been met. Welcome to the robe era, gentlemen.
First it was a robe-style parka from Ian Velardi, then a robe-style flannel... robe, and now: this robe-style cardigan from Slowear.
This one might be the coziest we’ve seen yet—in a chunky-knit wool from Zanone (under the Slowear umbrella, which includes the blogger gold standard of pants, Incotex). It’s also the least outlandish of the bunch—basically just a longer-than-usual cardigan with the option of a belt—which should lend itself to more situations that don’t require a tie.
Depending on how casual your casual Fridays get.
Over the past few years, the shawl-neck cardigan has become a staple in every bloggerly closet come late August—every year, inching its way from slouchy layering piece to sturdy nearly-outerwear.
Furthering the cause is the 1920 Shawl Neck Sweater Coat from Brooklyn men’s shop Smith + Butler. They’ve teamed up with Portland wool mill Dehen, using over three pounds of heavyweight worsted wool that’s naturally water- and stain-resistant (and, to be expected, warm as hell) in each shawl cardigan coat.
For now we’re calling this new breed the coatigan.
In 1966, Life magazine checked in on the street youth of Watts in the wake of riots and another dubious police shooting, and what they found was a surprisingly dapper lot. On first mention, South Central Los Angeles might not immediately conjure images of preppy shawl-cardigans, Wayfarers, rolled jeans and Thom Browne–esque pant hems—but as it turns out, these kids were pioneering the Black Ivy look well before Street Etiquette was on the scene (and doing it in the most unexpected place). A few snaps have been kicking around the blogosphere since appearing on a Brazilian blog, but in the event you don’t read Portuguese, we’ve compiled the entire spread of well-dressed rebels going about their day: admiring the Watts Towers, listening to tunes and preparing a few Molotov cocktails (just in case). One street tough in particular arrives on the scene in Clubmasters, a corduroy shacket and a pinky ring, and it’s got us looking forward to an unseasonably cool day.
More on the unlikely style of Watts in the ’60s.»
And So Does GQ: To celebrate, they’ve put together a comprehensive slideshow of mothers who’ve graced their pages. A beautiful tribute. [GQ]
To Match Your Spring Socks: On the heels of our spring “ditch the wool for cotton” sock roundup, Valet gives cardigans the same treatment. Good stuff. [Valet]
Still Learning: One man’s journey back to his prep school reunion teaches him (and us in the process) that reality and menswear’s current loud-plaids-and-green-pants vision of the look don’t exactly match up. [Esquire]
Your Mother’s Day Reading: If you’ve looked at a newsstand recently, you probably gave the exposed-left-breast-ed Time cover a double take. Here’s the story behind that. [Time]
Congressmen: While we did not elect you for your fashion sense, and we understand that you are not Senators, please remember that you are representing us in all capacities. So might we respectfully suggest that you ease off the Cosby cardigans and, you know, class it up a bit? (Mr. Frank, we understand you were wearing a cast in the above photo, but that is no excuse for standing in the House Chamber looking like a chilly American tourist.)
As we discussed yesterday, one of the most stylish guys in the House has decided against seeking reelection, so the rest of you are going to need to pick up the slack—and bring it to a decent tailor.
It would require the slightest of adjustments...»
Sometimes, four layers just aren’t enough.
This shot comes from Coggles in York, England, where things have apparently gotten cold enough that a gentleman needs a bomber jacket, cardigan, V-neck, shirt, tie and (presumably) undershirt just to walk down the street. And even more surprising, he pulls it off without looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
It helps that he keeps his baggiest layers on the outside, like the leather bomber, while the trimmer sweater and shirt end up a few layers down. They’re also pretty thin, so he doesn’t have to size up to accommodate anything as bulky as a puffer vest.
And, of course, a sharp enough pair of red shoes will let you get away with just about anything.