Cashmere is a soft and luxurious fabric you’ll want to wear all year long, but it’s also one of the most expensive. To get the luxe feel of cashmere without the hefty price tag, go for a blend. This cashmere blend boat-neck sweater from Express is so versatile that you can wear it dressed up or down, but the affordable price lets you also pick up some sparkly accessories to go with it.
This week, in response to a reader request to have the Man Panel review “something that normal people would actually wear,” I decided to get their thoughts on this fringed shawl cardigan from Forever 21. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the current blanket sweater trend, because it’s the next best thing to cutting two arm holes into your down comforter and wearing it to work (something I’ve considered on more than a few chilly mornings). But let’s see what the men had to say …
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The New York Times points out that men’s sweaters are looking very folksy and Nordic this year, backing up their claim with examples by Topman and Ralph Lauren. We’re down with this slightly retro style for the ladies. It recalls all the goodness of winter—cabins, wood fires, skiing, snow. How do we feel about this look for dudes? Cute? Or should it stay on the ski slopes? [New York Times] Keep reading »
I’m all for eye-catching design, but I’d prefer that my clothing choices didn’t lead to 911 calls from concerned passersby, like this Jason Wu sweater might: “Ummm, yeah, there’s a woman in front of me in line at Starbucks, and she’s obviously bleeding out, but she doesn’t seem to notice … yeah … that’s right … no she seems pretty perky … she just ordered a latte … send someone quick.” But hey, if you’re looking to meet a hot paramedic, it’s only $625 at Bergdorf Goodman. Keep reading »
Brit singer and Simon Cowell buddy Leona Lewis has one of the best clothing items for the fall climate — a sweater coat! Not quite a coat, but more substantial than a regular cardigan, the sweater coat just might become your favorite companion as you brave the unpredictable fall weather. We especially like the ones with unusual patterns and textures, but simple neutrals is a great place to start if you’re new to the trend. See how you can steal Leona’s style after the jump. Keep reading »
Today, NYC received its first taste of fall weather, so we have cozy sweaters on the brain. While most retailers haven’t brought out the heavy cold-weather knits, a few have cardigans and pullovers that will take you through October, either alone or with a little layering. Keep clicking for 10 moderately priced, cozy fall sweaters. Keep reading »
Every year we buy a few sweaters, but only end up wearing a couple favorites over and over. This year, though, we’ve found one that deserves to be added to the wardrobe mix because it pulls double duty. This particular sweater is perfect for layering under a quilted vest and toning down a full mini-skirt by day, but will also look sleek with a pair of skinny jeans and knee-high boots for night. The cozy cable knit is what winter is all about, but the wooden studs keep it from being too collegiate and stuffy. [$69.50, America Eagle Outfitters] Keep reading »
The sweater may seem like a standard, almost impersonal gift. Done right, though, it’s the ideal present — it’s practical, attractive and will actually be used. That said, year after year of going with guy friends to return their hideous sweaters for other things has taught me a bit about how not to eff it up. Let’s learn from others’ mistakes:
- Avoid cardigans unless your guy has expressly made his interest in them clear either by mentioning that he is (or could be) a fan and/or he has previously worn one.
- Same goes for turtlenecks. The exact reasoning is still fairly mysterious, but turtle necks are a hard sell with dudes. (To be fair, this guy‘s hot and he does kind of look like a jerk in that turtleneck.)
- Sweaters should hit an inch or two below the top of his pants. Dude’s not trying to wear a dress or a crop top, so keep length in mind while shopping.
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This is Urban Outfitters‘ Grey Antics Mrs. Klaus Sweater from their special holiday sweaters collection, but I can’t figure out why anyone would want a cardigan that evokes an image of Santa Claus getting grabby with Mrs. Claus … or you. That’s gross! [Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
Topshop is joining forces with German-born designer Markus Lupfer once again, hot on the heels of the success of his previous eight collections with the retailer. This time around, Lupfer is offering his iconic sweaters in a lightweight fabric, emblazoned with oversized sequin images. There’s a pineapple, parrot, heart, bow, and lips to make pop-art lovers smitten, including the Rolling Stones fan. These sweaters will definitely help transition your wardrobe from summer into fall. And don’t be shy about wearing sequins in the day because sparkling is totally appropriate during the daylight hours now. But looking like Vanna White isn’t, so I’d pair these with simple leggings or skinny or straight leg jeans. The Markus Lupfer sweaters are currently available online for £85 (about $145), but will be in stores Aug. 25. Keep reading »