How To Wear A Cardigan (+Complete Outfits)
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Here is a men’s guide on how to wear a cardigan with outfit examples!
If you feel cold in the office then think of the cardigan as your best friend. You can either go for a lightweight v-neck or a shawl collar chunky cardigan.
You can dress them up by pairing these cardigans with a dress shirt and tie or dress them down by just wearing them with a collared shirt without a tie.
A chunky shawl collar cardigan can also work great for cooler fall days because it provides a decent amount of warmth without you needing a jacket.
Lightweight v-neck cardigans are dressier than chunkier shawl collar cardigans. But you can still wear a shawl collar cardigan with business casual attire by pairing it with a dress shirt or oxford shirt with or without a tie.
When it comes to casual outfits, I would completely avoid the lightweight v-neck cardigan because it is meant to be worn over collared shirts. It looks best worn in business casual and formal settings and kind of looks weird when worn with t-shirts and jeans.
Instead, go for a shawl collar cardigan. These look better paired with casual items like jeans, chinos, boots and sneakers.
You can also try out different colors, patterns and designs. Wear these cardigans with classic casual pieces like denim shirts, henleys, jeans and chinos.
I personally love wearing this peacoat inspired cardigan which works incredibly well paired with a henley and vintage style chinos.
The right cardigan can even be worn with a suit. The key to pulling this look off is going for a lightweight cardigan made in a premium fabric like merino wool, cashmere or pima cotton. These cardigans are lightweight and thin enough to fit underneath a suit jacket without bulking things up.
Also, you want to make sure to go for a neutral color for the cardigan so it pairs well with the suit. For suited looks, think of the cardigan as a replacement for the suit vest.
You might be wondering what is the best time/occasion to wear a cardigan with a suit? A lightweight cardigan under a suit can provide just the right amount of warmth of cooler fall and winter days.
The cardigan also doesn’t dress down the suit too much so you can easily adapt this look for interviews, meetings and weddings.
But don’t ever try this with a chunky cardigan!
I hope you enjoyed this guide on how to wear a cardigan. Let me know how you like to style your cardigans!
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