Now that we’ve transitioned into sweater weather, it’s time to add that last layer to bring your outfit together: the cardigan.
Yes, cardigans may make you may think Mr. Rogers, your grandpa’s fit, or a family get together over the holidays, but when worn well, the cardigan sweater is a chic staple. The cardigan has experienced a style resurgence in recent years, thanks to designers that are making cardigans with cooler fits and fabrics. And lucky for you, we’ve compiled the coziest and coolest men’s cardigans for every budget and build this winter season, from different styles and silhouettes to the ones we like the best for fall and winter layering.
The Classic Cardigan
With a thinner weave and a slight sheen to the fabric, a cardigan in cashmere or cotton-cashmere — typically done in a crisp, solid color — is perhaps the style you think of the most when picturing the cardigan. It’s able to be worn with a crisp dress shirt and tie as a blazer substitute — and that’s exactly how we’d recommend you wear yours for the season ahead.
Crafted from premium merino wool for a super soft feel, this option from AllSaints is warm and stylish. A lightly ribbed fabric puts a contemporary spin on the classic cardigan, making it as appropriate for Sunday brunch with the in-laws as it is for happy hour drinks with the boys. It also comes in seven different dark, muted tones.
The Shawl Collar Cardigan
Featuring typically thicker fabric and a beefier construction — plus a slightly roomier fit to allow for layering — the shawl collar cardigan means business. Think of a rugged cardigan that your grandfather or father might have worn to stoke the fire on a chilly winter morning, then think of the style favored by style icons like Steve McQueen, and that’s the shawl collar cardigan you’re going to need this season.
It just doesn’t get more timeless than a rugged shawl cardigan, and this option from Orvis more than fits the bill. A wool/nylon blend makes for a warm and durable exterior perfect for layering on cold nights around the fire. And suede elbow patches add a touch of sophistication to the look, evoking all things traditional and masculine.
The Double-Breasted Cardigan
A slightly more sophisticated take on the regular cardigan, the double-breasted cardigan is more maritime-inspired than other cardigans, with the kind of strong, sturdy silhouette that looks right at home on the high seas. They occasionally feature ribbed fabric or accents, creating an even stronger look. A double-breasted cardigan pairs quite nicely with black denim and broken-in tan leather boots for a nice mix of high-low style.
Featuring a six-button closure, this cardigan from Tasso Elba is elegant and refined, ideal for fall family gatherings or dressier holiday parties. Not to mention that the sweater’s built entirely with luxurious Supima cotton, so it’s guaranteed to feel fantastic on your skin.
The Patterned Cardigan
A more festive and seasonally ready take on the cardigan, the patterned cardigan features thicker fabric and a chunkier knit, in line with a typical shawl collar cardigan. The key difference here? A shot of pattern and color, usually across the chest and of Nordic or alpine inspiration (a perfect fit for one of these Scandinavian hotels). It’s the type of sweater you might reach for after a day on the slopes or to head to a holiday party — just make sure the fit is trim and modern.
We love this playful cardigan from Asos. A modern, v-neck silhouette is accentuated by the colorful jacquard design across the exterior. Pair with a white T-shirt, cuffed jeans, and Chelsea boots for a fall look that’s as fun and fashion-forward as you are.
The Belted Cardigan
The belted cardigan is an old-school style that’s been shot forward into the 21st century thanks to clean silhouettes and luxurious construction. With a slightly longer cut, it functions more as a blazer or jacket than a cardigan — wear yours with a scarf in place of a topcoat and keep it handy to layer with for a long fall or winter day.
Though a belted cardigan isn’t going to work for everyone, it could be a real hit for those of you looking to try something new this fall. Part sweater, part trench coat, this cardigan from Le Chateau looks best with a simple long-sleeved shirt or crisp button-down.
Article originally published by Beau Hayhoe on November 1, 2017. Last updated by Cody Gohl on September 19, 2018.
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