My Money’s on Cardigans

Grandpa, you were right.


Call me crazy–crazy about cardigans–but I can’t seem to get my mind off of them.

Sure, I can blame Dries van Noten, whose stellar version of the masterfully embellished, embroidered, slightly oriental cardigan was arguably, and in spite of feathers, the best part of his fall collection — especially when considering that it’s been paired with pants and a skirt. Or maybe this is Saint Laurent’s fault, for using both Hanne Gaby Odiele and Marie Clare’s September cover girl, Zooey Deschannel to remind me that stars rule and polka dots drool but maybe, too, it’s something more than that.

I’d imagine J. Crew, Lands End and, I don’t know, Jos. A. Bank are effectively tickled by the inconspicuous Cardi-resurgence (which has appeared among other runways such as Rochas and Nina Ricci), but if I’m going to get really honest with myself, it seems pretty clear that I’m endorsing the return of these split sweater for no reason other than my own twisted, personal propensity toward old men.

No, no.

I am talking, happy-80th-birthday-grandpa-now-can-I-please-borrow-your-belt?-How-about-we-grab-a-sip-of-tapioca-pudding old. Why has it taken me this long to finally affirm that this genre of older gentleman is the unsung hero of high fashion activity?

In celebration of the revelation, how about a dip through the magic that is e-commerce and a look into the bevy of premature Fall offerings that would look great with your made-for-Stanley, seeking-Seltzer sweater.

Up first: a selection of three cardigans from LaGarconne. The first is grey, oversized, unisex and by Comme des Garcons Play. Call it yours for $280. The second version is by Sacai and as a result features dual fabrics and a swing backside. And the last one, which is the longest and arguably more versatile, thin knit version is by Steven Alan.

But what are you going to wear inside the cardigan, right? Well, you can button that babe up and call it a v-neck but should your body prefer a shirt proper, I am also advocating for the return of the polo shirt. This one is Lands End. There’s really no other way to do it unless you’re in the market for baby alligators or horses.

Next up: either a pair of shredded, tweed shorts which call to mind reminiscences of your grandfather’s counterpart, the grandmother, but only until you remember they’re shredded at which point, you are being totally young, reckless, lovable and yourself, (this pictured pair is by Ellery), or three-tone, cropped leather pants that make you want to say, “hey baby. I parked motorcycle a mile from here, mind if I grab a slice of cheese from your fridge?” These are 3.1 Phillip Lim and part of a collection which may or may not go down as Best Collection Of All Time if you ask me.

Meanwhile, at Topshop, you are wholly allowed, nay, encouraged to still feel like and therefore dress like a girl should you please. What’s lovely about this particular dress is that it shares your midriff with the universe but practically begs that you conceal your shoulders with a cardigan. The other thing is that the print is probably modeled after wall paper that you may or may not be able to locate in Boca Raton.

Naturally, you’ll need sunglasses because, you know, since the sun don’t set on a bad ass your retinas will be screaming for protection. Condoms won’t do it this time. This pair is from Asos. 

I know, I know, ear adornment is a legitimately important detail to consider as well but instead of pushing you in the direction of enormous earrings (which would have made sense considering Monday’s post on styling them), I’m putting a lobe forward for a cuff-with-character. Look at this guy! It’s practically a splash of Scott Campbell paint. (By Maria Black.)

And then there are the shoes. Though I’d have a hard time locating too many older men who enjoy the sporadic silver pump equipped with double, sexy ankle straps, you’re not actually an old man so indulge yourself! (From J. Crew.) Or, blow your load on a pair of black suede Isabel Marant booties which I reckon will not become the Carol of fall namely because they look like a combination of socks and Minnetonkas, hold the fringe. Strangely, I am intrigued. I get it if you’re not, though. (Isabel Marant ankle boots).

And finally, this season is all about toting your spirit animal! I hope you can detect the note of sarcasm in my tone but in case you can’t, just know it’s there. Really, though, why not use your belongings-container as an expression of who you are which, considering the fact that you read Man Repeller has to mean either Lizzie Fortunado’s flamingo, or Loewe’s panda. Hey! Have you seen them sliding?

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  • Fashion Ghost

    Omg the Sacai one is sooo pretty ! Good post !

    • (BAD) Blog About Design

      The Sacai one is definitely great. I like the one Zoe is wearing as well. That cardigan would look great with a pair of jeans.

      Check out the BAD blog…

  • Nico
  • carmen

    hahaha I dont know either who is the guilty, but I also love cardigans!!!

  • I’m gonna look so hot at my next shuffleboard tournament. The 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater is wonderful.

  • Oh, cardigans! Recently I just dug into my dad’s closet for an old, yellow Lacoste cardigan he had from way back when…calling it “vintage” is just an excuse to wear it, I guess…

    Your Friend, Jess

  • Love the star one!!

  • Roula
  • I’ve always loved cardigans. Oversized ones are the best.

  • CarolinaG

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

  • cupcake6

    I’m constantly in cardigans, I live in SF area so you always need one and mostly not much more even in winter. Grandpa for the win !

  • Nadja Harvingstin

    Cardigans are an unhealthy obsession for me and I constantly want to buy more. The only problem is that its 90 degrees in CA right now, which is leaving me either pouting from lack of cardigans or sweating from wearing them regardless.

    And that Comme des Garcon cardigans is to DIE for

  • Kylie Sartini

    I need those phillip lim pants…

  • Amatoria Clothing

    I couldn’t agree more with the comment about Phillip Lim. The progression from year to year of his work is just stunning! I actually am obsessed with his motorcycle denim “onesie” with all the patches! I would live to see you rock that look. What’s more man-repellant than dressing like an infant with an attitude?!

    Also, cardigan-wise, I am currently lusting a gray one with pockets by Derek Lam 10 Crosby. I think I need it.

  • The Provoker

    LOVE LOVE LOVE cardigansssss <3 Btw, you need to check out my provocative outfit post. Is it bold or bad of me attempting to rock ruffle skorts as a guy, do tell me if you're PROVOKED! 😉

    xx The Provoker

  • Katla

    I love cardigans, been rocking them for the longest time (almost ten years, go grandma style!). Alexa chung is a huge inspiration in the cardigan game, and so my game became more chic at around 2008/9 and then with Comme de Garcons cardigan in 2010.

  • Kim

    My old-man Romanian uncle is the most awesomely dressed person I know. He faithfully wears suspenders and huge, round tortoiseshell glasses daily. He inspires me.

  • Always been a big fan of cardigans, it’s the granny in me! Love what Zoey Deschanel is wearing.

    Mafalda ❤

  • brittanybaucum

    “PULL OVER!” “No, it’s a cardigan, thanks for noticing.” Best line from Dumb and Dumber. As a cardigan lover since 6th grade, I appreciate the post.

  • Katie

    Man I need a grandpa cardigan, mine are all too grandma.

  • The Saint Laurent cardigans are so cute!! The JCrew shoes are nice but I don’t think I would ever want to spend so much on shoes from Jcrew.

  • The Trendstop Team

    Love the cardi Zooey Deschannel is wearing – gorgeous color!

    The Trendstop Team

  • Ange

    I love cardigans. Always had and always will. However I feel like I’ve never owned the perfect cardigan. Too big or too small.

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  • uglianna

    I wear bmy clothes like I wear my face. Gotta problem with that.

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  • Laura Knight

    I absolutely LOVE cardigans. I’m a V-shape and plain V-neck cardigans definitely work best on me. I like to wear them with one button done up just below my bust so that the lower half of the cardigan is open and just above crotch length. Does this sound OK to you? Also, is there any way I can get away with a cropped cardigan – some of them are so cute, but quite expensive! It’s great that I can get loan online any time.