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can a guy in his 20s pull off the cardigan?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LooksGood, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. LooksGood

    LooksGood Well-Known Member

    Dec 15, 2012
    The Yay Area
    I kind of like the way a cardigan looks, but it has traditionally been worn by much older men. Would a guy my age be able to pull it off and exude that mature, wise look?
  2. codeman92190

    codeman92190 Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2012
    You are drastically over thinking this. It's a sweater with buttons.
  3. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2009
    There's a fine line between sharp GQ guy and old man territory. PM member reevolving for more info.
  4. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    probably not, but as you ask certainly not. You need to have confidence to wear a number of things, if you need to ask, then you do not have it.
  5. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Why wouldn't he be able to? I don't get this. Of course you can wear a cardigan. The rest of your outfit and the fit will determine whether it looks out of place or not. If you have to convince yourself, then it's probably not going to work. You'll feel and look like you're wearing a costume.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  6. Badandy

    Badandy Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2008
    I'm early 20's and I wear a nice, thick navy cardigan all the time. I always get comments that are either explicitly positive or kind of giving me a ribbing (eh?) for it in a joking way.
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  7. YRR92

    YRR92 Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    I find when I try to "pull off" a sweater, the shoulders get a bit stretched out, and so I aim for more of a "careful removal."

    Seriously: I don't own one yet, because I haven't found one that fits properly -- the slimmer-fitting of them don't work with a shirt under them, and the baggier have low armholes and do look a touch old-mannish. That's my problem, not yours, and I bet you could make the right one for you work just fine.
  8. Mycroft11Zero

    Mycroft11Zero Member

    Dec 22, 2012
    i see several teenagers wearing a cardigan. I don't see anything wrong about it.
  9. noob in 89

    noob in 89 Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2010

    Yes, younger men can wear a cardigan sweater without raising eyebrows. In fact, today I just canceled my subscription to Esquire in light of their almost fetishistic devotion to the sweater in general and *OMG, Daniel Craig in a cardigan!!!* in particular.

    If you fear looking old-mannish, buy from a fashion forward brand (Uniqlo on the cheap or S Schneider to break the bank).

    And +1 on the overthinking.

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