How To Wear A Cardigan For Men

So you’ve never thought of yourself as a cardigan man. What gives? The cardigan is one of the most versatile things you can wear. And when you know how to rock it well, it can give you a high degree of comfort, enjoyment, and help you show off a style superpower that most men don’t possess. In this post, we hope to show you that the cardigan is one of the best pieces of layering in your wardrobe, and one of the best ways to show off your style. Here’s how to wear a cardigan for men.

What Is A Cardigan?

You can differentiate a cardigan from any other sweater—or a pullover—by just how much you can unbutton it. You can wear a cardigan fully unbuttoned if you want, but usually your best bet is to keep it buttoned.What exactly is a cardigan? Simply put, a cardigan is a knitted sweater designed to be buttoned around the front. All cardigans are sweaters, but not all sweaters are cardigans.

You’ll find that these unique properties give cardigans a generous amount of versatility. On one hand, the presence of buttons tends to denote dressing up—of looking fitted and sharp. On the other hand, the fact that they are comfortable sweaters makes them appropriate for casual occasions as well. With that in mind, you’ll find there’s very little limit to how and when you can wear cardigans—so long as you know what you’re doing.

How to Wear a Cardigan the Best Way

Browse our cardigan sweaters and you’ll get a sense of just how stylish and casual these can be. But remember that a cardigan is essentially a great way to layer with other clothes. You can add warmth and comfort to a casual outfit by throwing a cardigan over the top. Or you can make the cardigan the featured piece by layering a button-down shirt underneath.

Here are some good rules of thumb to keep you stylish as you wear the cardigan:

  • Match appropriately. Remember that cardigans are just slightly dressy, so you’ll want the rest of the clothes you pick to reflect that. A cardigan with sweatpants and sneakers will usually look odd and clashing.
  • Remember that a cardigan is a sweater. This will help you pick what other clothes you wear. What else would you wear with a casual sweater? In most cases, that’s what you’ll be expected to pair with a cardigan. As is the case with all sweaters, you can also dress “up” or “down” depending on the situation.
  • Start with a versatile cardigan color. You’ll find that navy and gray are two of the most versatile cardigan colors. Gray is perhaps the most popular cardigan color because it suits so many other options underneath.

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