The cooler months are all about layers when it comes to men’s fashion and the lowly cardigan really comes into its own at this time of year. Generally knitted, and defined by being open at the front, the cardigan is great as a layer under something else, or as a top layer in its own right. Gone are the days when the cardigan was the preserve of the dads and the librarians. It’s all about how you wear it now, and the attitude you choose to go with it.

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Passing fashion

In years gone by, fashion didn’t really come into it with the cardigan. It was one of those comfortable go-to items that style passed by, but not any more. We were recently reminded of how effortlessly cool cardigans can be when worn with the right attitude when the olive-green cardigan worn by the late Kurt Cobain when he appeared on MTV Unplugged back in 1993 sold for a staggering $334,000. No knitwear has ever sold for a higher price!

To fit or not to fit?

The cardigan is a real chameleon of a piece. Dress it up or down, it works well with casual and formal outfits alike. Go looser if you want a relaxed look, and if want to be more polished then choose a fitted cardigan. Don’t be tempted to go too tight, however, as the proportions will be wrong.

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A simple, semi-fitted button-up cardigan is a good place to start. Choose a classic neutral colour, or go bold with your favourite bright colour. Jeans and trainers make it the perfect weekend outfit, though you could just as easily wear it to the office with chinos and a blazer.

For a real statement look, try a longline cardigan over a plain white t-shirt and black jeans.

For tips on how to style your cardigan, see the advice from Men Style Fashion. The best ideas are often the simplest, like pairing a plain cardigan with your choice of Farah shirts from specialist retailers such as

Cobain could rock a cardigan. So too could Steve McQueen. He wore one every now and then throughout the 1960s and most certainly did not look ‘square.’ It’s in the delivery. The how you wear it. Try it out!

By Roger Walker

The writer of this article, currently manages his own blog moment for life and spreads happiness, and is managing to do well by mixing online marketing and traditional marketing practices into one.

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