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Rhys Wool Shawl Cardigan
Rag & Bone
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Shawl collar cardigan sweaters continue to be a stylishly modern look and this special one from Rag & Bone is seriously versatile. The beefy merino wool makes it an easy option as a jacket alternative, before it gets too cold out. And then, it will be one of your favorite, cozy options once true Winter hits. The suede trim and slant side entry pockets emphasize the high quality details that give it a posh finish. And the classically rich navy color goes with everything in your closet. On the weekends, it will be your go-to over any t-shirt and broken-in jeans. For the office, it’s classic over any sport shirt and khakis or dark wash jeans. As a sport coat alternative, pair it with dark grey wool pants, a check button up shirt and a solid navy or grey tie. The fit is modern and good for most gents, not overly bulky. Size up if you are looking for an easier fit.
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09/22/2015

Sweater Style: What Every Gent Needs This Season

The calendar says Fall kicks off this week, which means it's time to get really proactive about Fall shopping. We’re on it…and sweaters are a category of wintery clothes we can really sink our teeth into. Of course, sweaters as a staple in our cold weather wardrobes, isn’t really a new story. But finding truly amazing sweaters, whether they’re updates to add some seasonal trends to your wardrobe or new timeless staples, that’s the part that gets interesting. This time of year, there are a lot of options – and especially this year, when sweaters are such a strong fashion story, too. Sweaters are being worn in a lot of masculine ways this season that really speak to the modern aesthetic we look for. Silhouettes using turtlenecks are a great layering piece, and big, chunky sweaters can even be worn as jacket replacements. Black, grey, and military green are colors that look new again. Color blocking and Fair Isle designs have also re-emerged as rugged sweater options. So, we’ve done some digging to narrow down to our picks of the best.

Take a look at a few of our favorites here, and then head over to Fashion Finds, to see more of our favorites for work, after 5, and casual dressing. If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-lowgan-slim-fit-crewneck-sweater/4081028
Ted Baker - Lowgan Slim Fit Crewneck Sweater
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Ted Baker - Lowgan Slim Fit Crewneck Sweater
Lowgan Slim Fit Crewneck Sweater
Ted Baker
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Plaid never goes out of style, and this exploded version from Ted Baker gives it a colorblock feel that makes it subtle and sophisticated, instead of sporty. The fabric is so luxe, blending wool and alpaca (that’s the good stuff) in an ultra fine knit so it’s not bulky. The varying shades of blue make it easy to wear with dark jeans and a t-shirt or grey wool pants and a solid button up shirt. There is also an equally cool grey that is just as adaptable through the ‘shop it’ button. The fit is contemporary to create a sleek look, but you can size up for an easier fit and it will look just as dapper.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mens-ls-sweater/4144620
Bugatchi - Quarter Zip Merino Wool Sweater with Quilted Elbow Patches
While this super soft 100% merino wool sweater from Bugatchi comes in a few great colors, this Bordeaux red is our top pick. Not everything in our closets can be a shade of blue or black, and this season, shades of deep red are really fresh. Pairing this rich color with a timeless zip neck style is an easy way to introduce some much-needed color to your wardrobe. And this sweater has some added style, with so cool nylon elbow patches and trim under the collar and placket. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to check out the alternate images, where you can get a good look. The ribbed detail along the top of this sweater, accentuates you shoulders and chest in a really flattering way, creating some nice shape to an otherwise easy, modern fit. While it’s always easy to wear a sweater like this with jeans and t-shirt, you can add some style with dark wool dress pants, a button up shirt and a patterned tie for an office-ready look.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=69015206
Polo Ralph Lauren - Fair Isle Merino Wool Sweater
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Fair Isle Merino Wool Sweater
Fair Isle Merino Wool Sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren
Sold by: Ralph Lauren

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Fair Isle patterns, which were first seen on Fair Isle island just off the coast of Scotland, are an important look this season and Ralph Lauren is the master. The bold pattern of this 100% lambswool crewneck is just awesome, and makes us want to go find a leather couch and good peaty scotch. And for that setting, all you need is a great pair of jeans and a t-shirt to layer under it. This pop of pattern also looks great for the office with a pair of flat fronts and a solid knit tie. You can even add a navy cashmere sport coat over it. Right now you can get it for 25% off with code RLGIVE15.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/degrade-stripe-knit-sweater/4136825
French Connection - Stripe Wool Blend Dégradé Knit Sweater
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French Connection - Stripe Wool Blend Dégradé Knit Sweater
Stripe Wool Blend Dégradé Knit Sweater
French Connection
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Variations on chest stripes is a trend we can really get behind – who doesn’t want to look a little broader and draw attention up, rather than down towards our middles? French Connection’s use of marling (mixing two colors of yarn) creates a subtle way to do stripes, creating the look of multiple shades of grey so it works with everything from black twill pants to jeans of every shade. The wool and cotton fabric’s rugged knit and contemporary fit look great layered over a denim shirt, too.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=68419016
Polo Ralph Lauren - Shetland Wool-Cashmere Sweater
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Shetland Wool-Cashmere Sweater
Shetland Wool-Cashmere Sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren
Sold by: Ralph Lauren

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You’ll simply never go wrong with a classic brushed lambswool crewneck sweater from Polo Ralph Lauren. They always do it right with amazing color and wonderful made-in-Scotland quality. It’s a look that only gets better with age. What makes this one such a great Find is Polo’s use of cashmere with the lambswool. Sweaters of this look are often made with Shetland wool, which can be scratchy. But that’s not the case here – this is soft and comfortable. We’re featuring the beautifully heathered dusty green color, which is great with khakis, but click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the full array of great options. The easy, modern fit ensures this timeless sweater will always work for you. And right now you can get it for 25% off with code RLGIVE15.
http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Mens_New_Products/Sweaters/PRD_T411213/Marled+Mixer+FullZip+Jacket.jsp
Tommy Bahama -  Marled Mixer Full-Zip Jacket
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Tommy Bahama -  Marled Mixer Full-Zip Jacket
Marled Mixer Full-Zip Jacket
Tommy Bahama
Sold by: Tommy Bahama

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One of our favorite casual styles comes from one of our favorite casual resources – Tommy Bahama. This easy fit and weighty ribbed cotton are perfect for this zip front cardigan. When you want to be comfortable, reach for this instead of a hoodie. You’ll look instantly polished and be just as comfortable. Plus, the coffee brown color is the perfect shade that works with dark grey, tan, olive, black and basic denim. It’s polished enough for a casual day at the office with khakis and a button up shirt, and takes on a stylish finish over a denim shirt and twill pants – ideal for a night out.
 

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