How to look cool in a cardigan

An incredibly versatile garment.
Image source: Samuel Windsor

Cardigans have been around for many a year, and are the perfect thing to add to your winter wardrobe. There’s no reason for you to fear the the woolly garment, or worry that it will make you look “too Granddad”. It’s an incredibly versatile item that can be adapted to suit your needs.

This classic winter staple was named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, a prominent British military figure who made the style popular. Cardigans underwent several transformations over the years to evolve into the many styles that we know of today.

So how do you look cool in a cardigan?

Quick tip: Never put your cardigan on a hanger. This can cause the fabric to stretch, giving it an awkward shape. Make sure to fold it and put it away in your drawer when not in use. Once you’ve selected the perfect cardigan, you can think about how to pair it with the rest of your wardrobe.

What to look for in a cardigan

Browns are a good winter colour to go for.
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When looking for the cardi, there are three things you need to keep in mind: fit, quality, and flexibility. The fit should be comfortably loose, but not saggy, and should cover your belt. Another must for whatever buttoned cardigan you choose, is to leave the bottom button undone as you would with a waistcoat. Finally, quality should not be ignored and the better made your cardigan is, the more wear you’ll get out of it.

The ideal cardigan must be flexible enough to suit your needs; don’t just go for the same old grey cardi that you can wear with everything. Think about mixing it up with some colour. Browns, black, dark green, and plum colours are the best to sport in the autumn and winter seasons. Whereas lighter colours such as white, light blue, and light green are more reserved for spring and summer. Using a colourful cardigan is the perfect way to add some character to your outfit.

Quick tip: Outfits tend to look better if the shirt is a lighter colour than the cardigan. So choose wisely!

The basics

To button, or not to button?
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The wooly winter staple is such a versatile garment, which you can use to create several different looks. The crucial thing to remember to get the most out of your clothing is to hone your layering skills. The shirt you choose to wear underneath can add some flexibility with the look, and buttoning, or not buttoning your cardi, can give a more formal or casual look respectively.

The button front means means your cardigan can be a replacement for a jacket in milder weather, which gives you the perfect item to transition to an autumn and winter wardrobe. In the colder months, layer this with a decent shirt, or even under a jacket.

Quick tip: Even something as subtle as pushing up your sleeves can alter the overall look.

Dress to the occasion

Rustic place setting with empty menu, on wooden backgound

A friend’s birthday celebration, or a formal work do – make your cardigan work for you.
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A cardigan can be adjusted to suit the occasion depending on what you pair it with. There really is no reason as to why a gentleman can’t add this to his wardrobe, as you can wear it for varying casual and formal occasions.

For a more casual look, pair it with a some moleskin jeans or chinos, and one of our casual shirts. These less formal trousers and shirts will help to dress down the look, whichever way you choose to wear you cardigan.

For semi-formal occasions, a buttoned up shirt, smart trousers, and leather brogues need to make an appearance. These help to smarten up your look without seeming too formal. For the more formal events, the cardigan can take the place of a waistcoat in a three-piece suit ensemble.

Whichever way you choose to make the most out of this autumn and winter wardrobe essential, you will certainly get your money’s worth with a good quality garment. What are your favourite ways to wear your cardigan? Let us know by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page.

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