We know what you’re thinking: “I just clicked to see how on Earth they’d make a case for men’s cardigans.” Well, you won’t be disappointed.
The button-down men’s sweater has been a staple in men’s fashion since the Roaring Twenties. Recently, however, it’s been associated with grandfathers–ouch. Whiskey is an old-time classic, too, but people don’t get flack for ordering it. Worn correctly, the cardigan can take you from frumpy to refined, from dad-like to fashion-forward, from dorky to swank. We’ll show you how the right cardigan will take you from Highlands Whiskey Red to Johnnie Walker Blue.
Here’s what we love about men’s cardigans: typically fastening halfway or three-quarters up the chest, this button-down sweater is the prime garment for layering. We’ve broken down different looks so that you can find the right cardigan for you.
Men’s Cardigans for the Cardigan Beginner
So you think you could NEVER rock a cardigan? We’re here to prove you wrong. These foolproof suggestions will turn you from a cardigan virgin into a sweater weather icon.
Throw a cardigan sweater over a basic tee on a crisp fall day. This effortless outfit will keep you warm and make you look like you’ve been reading Robert Frost. Leave the sweater unbuttoned for a laidback vibe. If you choose to button up, leave the bottom two undone. As goes with linen shirts and blazers, you never want to fasten the last button of a cardigan.