So you’re looking for a cardigan. At this time of year they can provide a much needed extra layer of warmth and a dash of colour. As a general rule I much prefer cardigans to jumpers (or sweaters if you are reading this from across the Atlantic). I think it’s the v-shape across the chest and the buttons which add layers of interest to these eyes.The best of the breed is the shawl neck cardigan. It’s a simple addition, but that additional roll of fabric, not dissimilar to the lapels on a jacket just adds some additional visual gravitas. In addition, it makes it easier to substitute a cardigan for a blazer if you are wanting to dress down a bit but not too much.
Indeed, as the gentlemen below demonstrate you could dress down hardly at all in a shawl neck cardigan….If you’re wearing your cardigan under a blazer or jacket for some additional layering at this time of year the shawl adds some depth and complexity to your layering. Try one made from a textured fabric for even greater depth and complexity.
For those to whom these things matter, the shawl neck cardigan is not some new-fangled development. It has heritage and has been a staple in the discerning man’s wardrobe for decades. However, it is having its moment in the sun just now. So they are not difficult to find.So if you’re looking for a cardigan, you’ll want it to have a shawl neck.