The Cardigan Spectrum

Styling Tip

On milder days, think of a cardigan as a blazer substitute—or as The Wall Street Journal recently dubbed it, the "swacket." Throw it on over a shirt and tie, or layer it over a worn-in T-shirt and slim jeans.

We've seen a resurgence of cardigans lately, which is fitting given the drop-off in temperatures. And while some guys out there may think the cardigan channels Fred Rogers more than Fred Astaire, it's actually one of the more elegant layering pieces out there. It can show off a tie, it pairs well under a sport coat, or it can simply keep the chill at bay while upping your style quotient. It's a great time to buy one right now, given that there are so many sales happening on cold-weather clothes. So we rounded up a few styles worth considering, from the basic to the bold:


Benson, $253 / $107

Belted cardigans are for the bold, but Benson's sweater offers the option of buttoning up as well.


Club Monaco, $149

Spun from a soft lambswool blend, this ribbed style is crafted with patch pockets and a classic shawl collar.


Camo, $334 / $234

Italian brand Camo eschews the buttons on this comfortable merino knit, allowing it to elegantly drape.


Wallace & Barnes, $198 / $140

Made from genuine Shetland wool, this double-breasted cardigan also features hardy Corozo nut buttons.


S.N.S. Herning, $215

This Danish brand has been making quality knitwear for years, and the marled fabric ups the ante on a basic cardigan.


Epaulet, $350

Made in Scotland, these cable knit cardigans combine sturdy construction with extremely soft, warm fabric.


Published on

January 16, 2013

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