6 Mens Cardigans That Won’t Make You Look Like Mr. Rogers

Go from Highlands Whiskey Red
to Johnnie Walker Blue

Written by Emilie Allen

We know what you’re thinking:
“I just clicked to see how on Earth they’d make a case for men’s cardigans.”
Well, you won’t be disappointed.
The button-down men’s sweater
has been a staple in men’s fashion since the Roaring Twenties. Recently,
however, it’s been associated with grandfathers–ouch. Whiskey is an old-time
classic, too, but people don’t get flack for ordering it. Worn correctly, the
cardigan can take you from frumpy to refined, from dad-like to fashion-forward,
from dorky to swank. We’ll show you how the right cardigan will take you from
Highlands Whiskey Red to Johnnie Walker Blue.
Here’s what we love about
men’s cardigans: typically fastening halfway or three-quarters up the chest,
this button-down sweater is the prime garment for layering. We’ve broken down
different looks so that you can find the right cardigan for you.
Men’s Cardigans for the
Cardigan Beginner

So you think you could NEVER
rock a cardigan? We’re here to prove you wrong. These foolproof suggestions
will turn you from a cardigan virgin into a sweater weather icon.
Esprit Casual Men's Cardigans
Throw a cardigan sweater over
a basic tee on a crisp fall day. This effortless outfit will keep you warm and
make you look like you’ve been reading Robert Frost. Leave the sweater
unbuttoned for a laidback vibe. If you choose to button up, leave the bottom
two undone. As goes with linen shirts and blazers, you never want to fasten the
last button of a cardigan.
Tommy Hilfiger Casual Men's Cardigans
Men’s Cardigans for Office

Cardigan sweaters somehow show
that you care. Whether you’re taking an extra twenty minutes during lunch or
not, this neat, semi-formal men’s sweater will have coworkers thinking, “now
that guy is probably getting his job done.”
H&M men's cardigans sweater for office
A wool cable knit with lapels
is an unexpected yet sophisticated substitute for your blazer or sports jacket.
This look is perfect for fall and winter, and you can pair it with a fun tie
bar to complete the casual-formal ensemble.
ties.com men's cardigans with tie bar
Alternatively, layer an
understated lightweight cardigan over your button-down and tie. This smart,
simple look will have you dressed for success.
Men's Cardigans For Office Johnstons Of Elgin

Men’s Cardigans for your
Weekend Errands

A cardigan can come in handy
for casual affairs. About to reach for your old Columbia fleece or that Costco
flannel that’s so old you don’t remember buying it? While those are
understandable for your off-the-clock endeavors, we are here to challenge you,
to elevate your game. The beauty of a cardigan is you are never over or
High Fashion Update Men's Cardigans Sweater
Shake things up. This cardigan
with pockets and a hood is an aesthetic step up from a hoodie while maintaining
the same utility. It’ll have you trying grocery store samples with pinkies up.
American Stitch Men's Cardigans Hoodie
Cardigans for your Holiday

Yes, this is a predictable
occasion for a cardigan cameo, but you expect meat roasts during holidays and
champagne on New Years, right? So don’t dig at sweater tradition. Name another
style choice that screams “copious amounts of turkey, relatives you haven’t
seen in twelve months, and warm drinks spiked with liquor.” We’ll wait. Nothing
says it like a warm, colorful knit cardigan.
Pier One Holiday Men's Cardigans
Make a statement with
patterns. Anything goes on a holiday after all. You can opt for something
that’s trendy and visually enticing, or even just play off the classic “tacky
holiday sweater” look. Perfect for the dad jokes we know you are going to make
at the dinner table anyway.
Cardigans for your… Hot Date?

Just kidding. Cardigans are
classically stylish and they keep you warm, but no one ever said they are sexy.
A caveat, however, is that these button-down sweaters make you appear grounded
and sensitive, which most women find value in.
Now that we’ve broadened your
perspective on men’s cardigans, which look would you try? Let us know below.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.