Smart Sweaters for the Season

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Autumn is basically synonymous with sweaters. As the temperature continues to fall, they are always the logical and most comfortable choice of cool weather wear. Worn alone or with a shirt, they have moved far along from their dark age of ill fitting, ugly designs.

One of the biggest trends this season for sweaters is a turn away from v-neck sweaters to the timeless appeal of a crewneck sweater. A crewneck sweater provides a more refined look as it is a much more acceptable choice when wearing a tie. This sweater from Dolce and Gabbana is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen and is also a good model to follow when shopping for a similar one. The neck of your sweater should be wide enough so that it will show enough tie without looking loose. A crewneck should also be fitted and end right before your belt in most cases. Personally, I prefer to tuck in a sweater for a clean line, which I think gives for a much more sophisticated look.

Keep in mind that there are many more affordable options for stylish crewneck sweaters. Other good ones include:
J.Crew Cashmere Crewneck, $235

Gap Crewneck, $45

That said, every man also needs a v-neck sweater for more casual occasions, like a dinner out or a round on the golf course. I sometimes wear a v-neck sweater without a collared shirt under it for a minimalist, more European look. A great look this season is to wear lightweight v-necks, which are easier to tuck into your pants without looking nerdy or strange. This Armani sweater is so seamlessly integrated into the outfit and gives a very sophisticated silhouette.

Banana Republic Silk Cashmere V-Neck, $48

Michael Kors V-neck, $195

One last item, to be filed under ‘trendy’ is a chunky, knit sweater which is great both for following the bohemian look as well as lounging around your house to stay warm and comfortable. Unlike crew or v-neck sweaters, they should not be tucked in, but should also not be overflowing and baggy at the same time. This one from J.Crew is a good example of how to wear one: dark straight leg jeans, a worn-in leather belt, and yes, a plaid shirt (if you must).


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