Cardigans may have once been reserved for men of a certain profession—namely as Ivy League profs and financiers’ weekend wear—but this fall we’re making a case for the seemingly simple knit to enter all New York City men’s lexicons.
Whether you opt for an Italian cashmere style to pair atop a crisp, white button-up (perfect for autumn’s chillier temps), or a classic wool piece made modern with a center zipper, there is something for every gent this season. The only downside is that these styles are tempting enough to be co-opted by wives and girlfriends alike. Consider yourself warned.
Brunello Cucinelli’s cashmere is sourced from Mongolia, and manufactured at the company’s historic Umbrian headquarters. This fall’s latest offering is an ultra-soft cardigan and boasts a Fair-Isle design on a rich, brown ground. $2,495. 379 Bleecker Street; 212-627-9202; brunellocucinelli.com
Lanvin’s cardigan may appear simple, yet it is deceptively anything but. It is made from extremely soft Merino wool, and includes overstitching alongside the shoulder and sleeve. $1,895. 807 Madison Avenue; 212-812-2866; lanvin.com
A ribbed shawl collar and smooth horn toggles give Rag & Bone’s cardigan a decidedly hip spin. The front pockets are ideal for stashing an iPhone and MetroCard. $450. 119 Mercer Street; 212-219-2204; rag-bone.com
Never one to do something simple, Tokyo-based Comme des Garçons Play updates their jersey grey cardie with a googly-eyed heart motif. $465. 520 West 22nd Street; 212-604-9200; comme-des-garcons.com
Leave it to New Yorker Steven Alan to make a nubby, jacquard knit a closet staple. A center zipper and thick, wool yarn make this a cozy piece to take you from a Central Park stroll to an evening brew in a cozy, Upper West Side tavern. $325. 229 Elizabeth Street; 212-226-7482; stevenalan.com
Crafted from a comfy blend of linen, wool, and cotton, Burberry Brit’s Crieff cardigan gets a high-fashion update with a belted collar and buttons wrapped in faux leather. The style’s rich, navy hue will look dashing alongside both denim and work-appropriate slacks. $695. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue; 212-753-4000; saks.com
Flecks of yellow, green, and a myriad of other hues pop up throughout Billy Reid’s wool-blend cardigan. The snug style also has two front pockets and ribbed detailing at the cuffs and waistband. $350. 54 Bond Street; 212-598-9355; billyreid.com
DKNY’s printed button-up offers a contemporary take on traditionally woven plaid. This style works well paired with another print, or simply a solid tee. $225. 655 Madison Avenue; 212-223-3569; dkny.com
Without a doubt, this has been the year of punk’s resurgence on the runway and subsequently the streets. Master of that trend, Marc Jacobs, has taken his sumptuous wool cardigan and added a bold, brass safety pin closure. $670. 163 Mercer Street; 212-343-1490; marcjacobs.com
Textured, two-tone knit meets edgy elbow patches on John Varvatos’s handsome cardigan. The unique black-and-white knit will work just as well at a concert as on a weekend getaway upstate. $428. 315 Bowery; 212-358-0315; johnvarvatos.com