Style

The Piece That Keeps On Giving

Every man should own at least one cardigan. They can make an outfit look new, simply by throwing it over any woven, flannel or v-neck in your wardrobe. Cardigans are practical items to own because they are pieces that can be worn three out of four seasons: fall, winter and spring. Whether you are going for a more professional look, pairing it with a crisp button-down, tie and slacks for a corporate-feel, or a more casual look, throwing it over a flannel or tee, this piece can be used to achieve any style.This is one item where the fit makes a drastic difference. If you buy a cardigan too large, it can make you appear heavier than you are, creating excess fabric around your waistline. If you buy a cardigan that is too tight, you can appear like your circulation is being cut off and the layers underneath your sweater will wrinkle. I aways say there is a fine line between fitted and too small, and you want to be sure to remain in the fitted category.It may take some time to find that perfect fit – for me, I have found that brands like J-Crew and Zara fit really well. Take your time, find a brand you love and stick with it because in my experience, 50% of the brands that make cardigans make them in saggy and oversized fits. I would also recommend stocking up in a few different types of fabric. Heavier fabrics like wool are better for colder months (just make sure the wool is a blend or it may itch so wear long sleeves under those styles), while cotton blends are better equipped for warmer months.Tips for wearing cardigans:

– Wear it completely opened with your layering shirt slightly longer than the cardigan 

– If you want to button, button the middle buttons only (never the top or bottom ones because it distorts the shape and your figure) 

– Make sure the sleeves fit your arms and built-up extra fabric isn’t bunching up

– Find styles you love (for example, shawl collars add an elevated fashion element to this piece while slim collars are more simplistic)

– Don’t be afraid to accessorize with a pair of statement sunglasses and your favorite watch