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How to wear a cardigan...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Holdfast, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Holdfast

    Holdfast Well-Known Member

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    ... without looking too decrepit & ancient?

    For reference, the cardigan in question is a relatively slim-fitting (not skin-tight, but not baggy), medium-grey from Zara.




    As an example of the style, it's similar to this one, but with a slightly deeper V & slightly darker grey -

    [​IMG]

    (I'm not so keen on the combo pictured in that example, for instance)

    Any ideas/pics?

    So far, the best one I've found is p39 of the Loro Piana A/W 08/09 collection on their site. link: http://www.loropiana.com/catalogo_AI...9/catalogo.htm
     
  2. LeonM

    LeonM Well-Known Member

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    Tricky.
    Do it up.
    Wear a white long sleeved t-shirt underneath?
    Jeans. No pipe or slippers.

    Leon
     
  3. Cravate_Noire

    Cravate_Noire Well-Known Member

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    I've got only two and really like them. Plan to get more^^.

    Two examples from me

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  4. embowafa

    embowafa Well-Known Member

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    I like cardigans and plan to get more for the fall/winter. I wear mine similar to Cravatte with a shirt and tie...

    [​IMG]
     
  5. VINSON

    VINSON Well-Known Member

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    don't button them up
     
  6. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Well-Known Member

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    I have one on right now, casually with jeans and OCBD. Top and bottom buttons of cardigan undone. I am planning on getting another or two this season.
     
  7. incastoutcast

    incastoutcast Well-Known Member

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    I'd say one of the major tips is to follow the pictures of the guys above, and don't button the bottom button - that, keep the colors light, the material and cut thin.

    Wallis
     
  8. winston

    winston Well-Known Member

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    There's no item of clothing I have agonized over more than the cardigan. I just don't know if I can make it work or not. I feel that they're good on the guy who is very skinny but confident with it, and with the very masculine male who won't look decrepit in anything, but being somewhere in between, I fear that I might come off as slightly frumpy in one.
     
  9. winston

    winston Well-Known Member

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    I really like this.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Haystack

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    I generally now prefer zip cardigans but do like this one of mine.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Tomasso

    Tomasso Well-Known Member

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    There's some serious cardigan angst around these parts.
     
  12. erdawe

    erdawe Well-Known Member

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    Medium grey suit, white shirt, and a thin, colored cardigan... Let the cardi put some pop into the outfit.
     
  13. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I like cardigans. They've been quite the trend lately, so they don't have the old-man stigma they once did. You can wear 'em skinny like a hipster or embrace your inner old man:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. zarathustra

    zarathustra Well-Known Member

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    Medium grey suit, white shirt, and a thin, colored cardigan... Let the cardi put some pop into the outfit.

    That's what i am talking about. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  15. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I'd say one of the major tips is to follow the pictures of the guys above, and don't button the bottom button - that, keep the colors light, the material and cut thin.

    Wallis


    Weirdly, I don't like thin cardigans at all, especially the PL type. The thin ones I have I never wear. They look too bulgy over shirts.
     
  16. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Well-Known Member

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    I finally found a cardigan that fits me really well. Unfortunately, there's a huge american eagle embroidery on the chest. I bought it anyway, but have yet to wear it. So far, these cardigan/tie combo's look pretty good.
     
  17. LeonM

    LeonM Well-Known Member

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    Cardy and tie, screams "old man" to me.

    Under a jacket, the sleeves of a cardigan are uncomfortable. A knitted waistcoat would be better.

    And, I know I couldn't carry this off:

    [​IMG]

    Leon
     
  18. Get Smart

    Get Smart Well-Known Member

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    my fave combo is a solid cardigan with a gingham print buttondown

    and I'm not a fan of tie+cardigan (tho I've been guilty of it in the past), to me it looks too "I read and take all my cues from GQ/Details" or Mr Rogers, regardless of how nice the pieces and fit are
     
  19. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    and I'm not a fan of tie+cardigan (tho I've been guilty of it in the past), to me it looks too "I read and take all my cues from GQ/Details" or Mr Rogers, regardless of how nice the pieces and fit are

    This is a negative?
     
  20. Get Smart

    Get Smart Well-Known Member

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    lol, point taken I still like to believe the urban myth that under the cardigan he was tattooed all the way down his arms from when he was a military sharpshooter with confirmed kills [​IMG]
     

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