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The Five Times It’s Okay to Wear a Sweater-Vest

  • Najib Benouar

Yesterday we learned that the turtleneck can be your friend. Today we’re tackling an even more perplexing item: the sweater-vest.

Lately, a lot of #menswear ink has been spilled over the down vest—especially regarding the relatively novel idea of wearing one under your suit jacket or blazer. Aside from bringing up some fit issues, it reminded us of the original under-blazer vest, usually knit in an argyle or fair isle pattern (like this one). Donning an armless sweater can be treacherous waters—not helped by the fact that its most recent champion was one Rick Santorum. Luckily, we’re here to help with this handy guide:

The five times it’s okay to wear a sweater-vest, a pictorial guide.»

Basic Cable

  • Najib Benouar

Layering season is upon us—and we’d like to remind you that the cable-knit sweater is your friend.

This cable-knit crewneck from Saturdays (Manhattan’s beach bum outpost) is right on the mark. It’ll play well over a button-down, under a waxed jacket, on its own (on a Saturday). The combination of the Aran-esque knit pattern and breast pocket split the difference between McQueen and Ralph Lauren—which is not a bad place to be in most situations.

But especially when wearing a sweater.