How to Wear a Cardigan
Master the Men’s Cardigan
When most of us think of cardigans, we think of our Grandad sitting back in his armchair, sucking on a werther’s original and complaining that there’s nothing on the TV.
However, following our simple steps below will show you that men’s cardigans have vastly become a fashion force to be reckoned with!
What is a Cardigan?
Taking its name from the Welsh place-name Ceredigion, a cardigan is a type of knitted garment (sweater) that has an open front, usually with buttons. They can we worn in a number of ways, loosely, with no buttons or zips to fasten it up, or buttoned up to give a clean, slim finish.
Men’s Cardigan Styles
Despite the range of styles it can be difficult to know what to wear with a cardigan. Anything too brash and you can look like you’re trying too hard, and anything too simple and you run the risk of just looking dull. Luckily, with so many styles of cardigans to choose from, there are ways that you can easily bridge the gap between simplicity and style to create a look that’s perfect for you.
Chunk It Up – Men’s Chunky Cardigan
Chunky cardigans can be worn in a variety of ways depending on your desired look. If you’re visiting your girlfriend’s parents for dinner, for example, and you’re looking for something that’s going to impress, you may want to consider teaming this with a long-sleeve black t-shirt and a smart pair of jeans. Try rolling the sleeves up on the cardigan and tee for a sleeker look.
It’s A Long Line – Men’s Longline Cardigan
The longline cardigan is perfect for a relaxed or casual look. Suitable in both spring and summer this little beauty can be styled with a tight tee, funky hat and a pair of skinny jeans to give you a slightly rock/emo everyday look. Spice this look up by accessorising with a long pendant chain necklace to make it more unique.
Old & Fashionable – The Grandad Cardigan
The Grandad cardigan usually comes out around Christmas time as it has a festive feel and is a great buy throughout the winter months. It keeps you warm and certainly mixes things up, giving you a smarter look for those family days out.
Usually a chunky knit style, the grandad cardigan can be worn with a pair of dark jeans, a roll neck or a tee. Whichever you choose to keep you warm, accessorise with a beanie hat or scarf to channel your desired winter look.
What to Wear with a Cardigan
Men’s cardigan outfits can be worn in formal surroundings. The question on everybody’s lips is “what to wear under a cardigan”. Teaming it with a basic tee will instantly give you a ‘younger’ and more modern look. Make sure the neckline is low and the hem is long as it will allow you to incorporate some reverse layering. Or, try adding a Grandad shirt as the collarless style is a great alternative to the standard Oxford shirt.
Looking to add a bit of sophistication to your weekend style? Team a cardigan with a fitted shirt and tie as well as some smart trousers and leather belt for an easy smart casual look, perfect for winter parties.
When choosing a ‘casual’ cardigan you want one that is going to be comfortable, warm and versatile. Try going for a neutral colour like grey or navy as this these two options will go with most colours.
There are two choices of thickness when going ‘casual’. You can opt for a chunky knit or a slightly thinner material. If opting for a chunky knit cardigan, try to avoid wearing too many layers underneath as this may make you look unnecessarily bulky.
Layering is essential when wearing a thin cardigan as you’ll want to stay warm as well as look trendy. Try teaming your cardigan with a roll-neck, scarf or even a shirt and jacket combo.
Business Casual Cardigan
The cardigan has become a staple in any ‘city boy’s’ wardrobe for a long time now and continues to grow in popularity. A figure enhancing, slim fit cardigan is the perfect final addition to a stylish suit when looking for a bit of extra warmth as well as sophistication when heading to the office. Opt for a pop of colour if you’re feeling brave or stick to monochrome for a sleek and smart look.
Cardigan vs Sweater
The debate has started – cardigans or sweaters? How do you make that all important decision when piecing together your outfit?
It’s simple, good cardigans will give a little taper at the waist to flatter your figure the same way a suit jacket does. When closed, the cardigan has a little more visual texture to it but works just fine as a regular sweater would.
Cardigans are a good go-to if you’re looking for a more formal, sophisticated look.
Sweaters on the other hand are usually seen as ‘casual wear’ and are worn with tracksuits, jeans and mainly dressed down for day-to-day wear.
Conclusion: wear a cardigan to your in-laws and a sweater to the match! #StandOut
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