When you think of cardigans, you may think of your dear old grandpa, but we are here to tell you that cardigans can be extremely fashionable. Now available in a multitude of styles – cable knits, double-breasted, lightweight, etc. – a cardigan can effortlessly give you a polished look while simultaneously keeping you cosy and warm.
Cardigans, usually crafted from wool or cotton, are incredibly comfortable; as comfortable as the sweatshirt you lounge about in at home. However, unlike sweatshirts, cardigans are extremely versatile and can be worn to both casual and smart-casual affairs.
The cardigan is named after British Army major general James Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, because he accidentally burnt the tails off his knitted button tailcoat (what British officers often wore during the war) and the event was supposedly so ‘legendary’ that people then wanted their own version leading to the cardigan’s inception.
How do I style a cardigan?
It depends on what aesthetic you’re going for. For a simple classic look, you’ll want to style your cardigan with jeans and a t-shirt. For a more sophisticated and modern look, go for chinos and a thin turtleneck shirt in a neutral block colour. If you’re after a preppy style, pair your cardigan with a button-up shirt and chinos/trousers.
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If you’re willing to give the cardigan a chance, which frankly you should, these are the best brands to purchase from for ultimate style and quality.
Hugo Boss’ range of cardigans are extremely versatile and cosy. Available in a variety of styles and colours, these cardigans will easily pull together both casual and smart looks with ease.
Saturdays NYC’s range of men’s cardigans is small but the cardigans on over are extremely snug and will give you an effortlessly cool look.
They have a great range of extremely cosy cardigans that’ll add a cool cottagecore vibe to your autumn wardrobe.
Tommy Hilfiger’s cardigans are available in timeless greys and their signature red, navy, and white colour scheme. All of the cardigans are lightweight and will add a touch of preppy-ness to your look.
Their range of men’s cardigans are extremely casual and when paired with blue jeans and a white tee, will keep you warm in classic American style.
Todd Snyder’s lightweight cardigans come in an array of delightful colours and patterns that’ll add a touch of eccentric elegance to your closet.
Made from the finest cashmere and merino wool fabrics, Paul Smith’s range of men’s cardigans are available in modern silhouettes and feature zip-up fronts as opposed to the traditional button closure.
Extremely lightweight and with simple minimalism aesthetics, River Island’s cardigans for men are so well-made they will elevate your casual and even loungewear looks to the next level of style and sophistication.
It’s no surprise that Ralph Lauren’s cardigans are refined and suave; crafted from the finest fabrics, a Ralph Lauren cardigan will elevate whatever you pair it with.
They fixed it with their not-so-secret secret: all Bonobos' pants have a curved waistband that conforms to the natural shape of men’s waists. Bonobos then expanded into producing awesome shirts, suits, swimwear; you name a piece of men’s clothing, they do it!
Their range of men’s cardigans are elegant and versatile, and are available in multiple colours, fabrics, and styles.
Made from either linen, merino wool, or cashmere, Club Monaco’s cardigans are extremely snug and comfortable. Plus, with their simple clean cut design, available in multiple colours, you’ll look effortlessly cool.
Level up your knitwear game with Boohoo Man’s huge collection of men's cardigans. Their cardigans will keep you warm and stylish throughout the coldest months of the year, and they have everything from cable knit to double breasted cardigans, available in various colours and designs.
Uniqlo have a small range of V-neck cardigans, available in classic versatile colours. Lightweight and crafted with either silk-cotton, linen, or wool, Uniqlo’s cardigans are warm yet breathable, and will go perfectly with any casual or smart casual outfit.
ASOS Design’s huge range of men’s cardigans come in a variety of colours, prints, designs, fabrics, and styles. From preppy to chic, no matter what aesthetic you’re trying to achieve, ASOS Design will have the perfect cardigan to complete your ensemble.
Ted Baker’s small range of cardigans for men is elegant and features timeless greys and blacks. Their refined cardigans are crafted with the finest materials, and will pair nicely with casual and smart casual outfits alike.
Jos. A. Bank
Jos. A. Bank’s range of cardigans are extremely well-made and are tailored to perfection. Available in timeless colours, and crafted from superior materials, Jos. A. Bank cardigans are stylish and will make you look effortlessly polished.
Their range of men’s cardigans are extremely cosy and warm as well as colourful and striking; and will add a cool coastal vibe to your autumn and winter looks.
Dsquared2’s range of cardigans will add a touch of luxury to your look, thanks to being crafted from fine mohair and featuring refined Italian tailored fits.