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Lambswool Fair Isle, $78,
at J.Crew

Cotton stripe, $20 (on sale),
at Gap

Wool waistcoat, $156, by
Opening Cermony, N.Y./L.A.

A Vested Interest
I really want my boyfriend to get a sweater vest, but he thinks they'd make him look nerdy. I think they're hot, what do you guys think?
- Melissa, Boston

Well, we're on your side. As the seasons change, a sweater vest is any easy way of adding a layer for warmth (and style) while still keeping relatively cool on those sunny autumn days. They look great with a rumpled oxford on the weekend, under a blazer at the office or even with a slim polo on the golf course. Of course, he's not entirely wrong in his assumption—there is a slight poindexter feel, but what's wrong with that? It's called geek chic for a reason.

  • Who you callin' nerdy?
    See Doug, Archie and Seth Cohen.

Merino cable knit, $119, at Ralph Lauren


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