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.
Case in point: one of our finds from Capsule was the Malmö brand Svensson, which combines soft Italian fabrics with a Swedish appreciation for extremely warm sweaters. The result is cozy versions of some of our favorite knitwear, including the shawl collar cardigan and the SNS Herning-style button-up, both coming in under $300.
They haven’t trickled into US markets yet, but there’s plenty of good stuff to be found on their site. Our suggestion: a white sweater in February is legendary stuff.
We usually favor chunky, nautical-style sweaters—but when your main priority is finding something that will play well with other layers, you may be better off with a slightly slimmer profile.
Archival Clothing unveiled their take on the shawl collar cardigan today, and it’s the opposite number of the loose-knit winterwear brands like Rogues Gallery and Oliver Spencer specialize in. And while it won’t fit quite as well with your watchcap and slicker, it should fit under a blazer with a lot less static.
We’re thinking of that red, white and blue stripe running down the outside of the cuff. If it looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it running down the outer cuff of a few hundred pairs of raw denim jeans, looking something like this.
Of course, there were industrial reasons for that stripe (specifically, the red thread that marks the edge of a sheet of denim), and this is just a trick of style. But as tricks go, it’s a pretty good one.
Thanks to a regrettable stretch of early 90s suiting, the phrase “shawl collar” can call up anxiety in even the most adventurous souls—but it may be time to lower your guard.
Take this heathered Woolrich pullover, for instance. It’s the latest in a recent string of sweaters that are bringing the un-notched flop collar back into circulation. Most importantly, it’s functional. This item will keep your collar warmer than anything this side of a turtleneck, a crucial quality once things get brisk.
The waist-length coat is a rare beast these days—especially now that the military look has ebbed—but after seeing this, we aren’t sure why.
This one comes from Opening Ceremony, and it balances the militant vibes with a few surprisingly homey touches, like braided grandpa buttons and a scarf-replacing shawl collar. You might not guess it from the silhouette, it should be downright snug.
And after all that stiff wool, we were looking for something a bit more accommodating.