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February 17, 2015

Spring Sweaters: The Ideal Sport Coat Replacement for the Office

Depending on the culture at your office, a sweater can be an essential piece to your spring work wardrobe in a few different ways. If it’s a casual environment, a cotton pullover – think something baseball or sweatshirt-inspired – looks pulled together and appropriate with jeans or khaki’s. It’s so much more professional than just throwing on a t-shirt, without any extra effort. On the other hand, there is a trend in cardigan sweaters that can be worn in place of a sport coat for a spring day. It’s breathable and more comfortable than a structured jacket, but still creates a polished look. And, of course, a lightweight cotton or linen sweater in a bold pop color, soft pastel, or a pattern over a button up shirt is always office ready.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for the best sweaters to wear for an evening out and Thursday for those perfectly casual sweaters. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Tucci Stripe V-Neck Sweater
Tucci Stripe V-Neck Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Hugo Boss’ contemporary fit, and beautiful blue-grey mix in this pencil stripe cotton v-neck is just too perfect for the office. It’s an easy spring update for all the basics you already have. It goes great with your favorite stone or light grey cotton twill pants, and you can add a solid white button up spread collar shirt to complete the outfit. You can even layer a navy sport coat over it.
http://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/club_monaco/leather-elbow-patch-cotton-cardigan/508244 Club Monaco - Leather Elbow Patch Cotton Cardigan
Club Monaco - Leather Elbow Patch Cotton Cardigan
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Club Monaco - Leather Elbow Patch Cotton Cardigan
Leather Elbow Patch Cotton Cardigan
Club Monaco
Sold by: Mr. Porter

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This contemporary fit cardigan from Club Monaco is an ideal blazer alternative for the office, with its tan leather elbow patches and two front pockets. We love this kind of dapper spring style. The beefy cotton and less structured shape of a cardigan (vs. a sport coat) make it easy to dress it up or down, depending on your day. For a meeting with a client, wear it with tan or grey cotton twill flat front pants and a button up pattern shirt in some great spring color. You can even add a solid knit tie. If you’re going to be spending the day at the office working on a project, wear it with dark wash jeans and heather grey t-shirt.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Cotton-Blend-V-Neck-Sweater-Navy/prod178140135_cat21150734__/p.prod Peter Millar - Cotton-Blend V-Neck Sweater
Peter Millar - Cotton-Blend V-Neck Sweater
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Peter Millar - Cotton-Blend V-Neck Sweater
Cotton-Blend V-Neck Sweater
Peter Millar
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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In the springtime, having a classic-fitting navy v-neck sweater is a staple. Just like in the winter, when you may use a heavier wool or cashmere v-neck as a layer under a sport coat, in the spring, it makes the ideal top layer to add some polish to a lighter weight work look. Peter Millar’s cotton/cashmere blend is soft and luxurious, without being too heavy. As the core piece to an outfit, it has almost unlimited options. Wear it with flat front cotton twill pants and check pattern shirt for a classic look. Replace the pattern button up with a blue oxford cloth shirt and a blue and red stripe tie for some timeless color. And for a more casual look, wear it with medium wash jeans and a white t-shirt. This will be one of your most useful go-to work wardrobe pieces, and the quality on this one will stand the test of time.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vineyard-vines-whale-classic-fit-cotton-crewneck-sweater/3856615 Vineyard Vines - Whale Classic Fit Cotton Crewneck Sweater
Vineyard Vines - Whale Classic Fit Cotton Crewneck Sweater
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Vineyard Vines - Whale Classic Fit Cotton Crewneck Sweater
Whale Classic Fit Cotton Crewneck Sweater
Vineyard Vines
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Adding a bit of spring color to your office wardrobe is always appropriate, as long as its done in office-ready styles, like this classic fit cotton crewneck from Vineyard Vines. This red velvet color is great with all neutral cotton twill pants and jeans. Add a blue and white pattern button up shirt to finish the outfit, and you’ve got a stylish – yet work appropriate - look. It comes in a soft blue and neutral grey that are also great office staples…you may just need more than one.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Cotton-Cashmere-Glen-Plaid-Vest/MS00610,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Cotton Cashmere Glen Plaid Vest
Brooks Brothers - Cotton Cashmere Glen Plaid Vest
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Brooks Brothers - Cotton Cashmere Glen Plaid Vest
Cotton Cashmere Glen Plaid Vest
Brooks Brothers
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Even though the weather is getting warmer, having some key layering pieces for the office is still important. This Brooks Brothers cotton vest has a soft glen plaid pattern that adds just a bit of sartorial edge to a sport coat or on its own, over a button up shirt. The luxurious cotton and cashmere blend is lightweight and soft, creating some nice fabric contrast to a navy, black or white blazer in linen or cotton. In its simplest form, it makes a nice spring statement over a crisp white shirt. And if you want to raise the bar a notch, add a solid silk or cotton knit tie to the outfit.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/brownstone-sweater-1.html J. McLaughlin - Brownstone Sweater
J. McLaughlin - Brownstone Sweater
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J. McLaughlin - Brownstone Sweater
Brownstone Sweater
J. McLaughlin
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No one should try to get through the spring and summer without a cream color crewneck sweater. This classic fit, cotton/linen blend from J. McLaughlin has sweatshirt detailing at the neck and self-colored linen elbow patches for a timeless, yet interesting, twist that makes it our top pick. It takes something casual and gives it just a bit more polish, making it ideal for a casual office. Whether you pair it with jeans, or twill pants this is an ideal layer over a polo, t-shirt, or button down. You can even wear it with shorts on the weekend, so you know you will get tons of use out of it before the cold weather strikes again.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-v-neck-sweater/3882096 Canali - V-Neck Sweater
Canali - V-Neck Sweater
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Canali - V-Neck Sweater
V-Neck Sweater
Canali
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Pattern is also a terrific way to bring some work-appropriate panache to your office look. Canali’s cotton jacquard v-neck is made in Italy, and there is simply no beating the fine quality and modern fit. The red and tan box pattern can be worn with medium grey or tan wool dress pants and also tan, stone or navy twill flat front pants. Wear a solid white or lighter blue button up shirt underneath. And the luxe quality stands up effortlessly under a cotton tan or navy blazer.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Supima%C2%AE-Cotton-Textured-Cardigan/MS00608,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Supima® Cotton Textured Cardigan
Brooks Brothers - Supima® Cotton Textured Cardigan
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Brooks Brothers - Supima® Cotton Textured Cardigan
Supima® Cotton Textured Cardigan
Brooks Brothers
Sold by: Brooks Brothers

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While the stereotype of a cardigan can make us think of Mr. Roger’s “beautiful day in the neighborhood”, when worn right, they are a stylish jacket replacement. And this soft supima® cotton one from Brooks Brothers, in their easier fit, can do just that. The style has a masculine baseball-style influence that, over a white or blue shirt with dark jeans, is a dapper office casual statement piece. Change the pants to cotton flat fronts and even add a tie, for a dressier look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/barbour-legion-stripe-contemporary-fit-crewneck-sweater/3888965 Barbour - Legion Stripe Contemporary Fit Crewneck Sweater
Barbour - Legion Stripe Contemporary Fit Crewneck Sweater
Barbour, a company founded in 1894 in South Shields, Scotland, knows how to do iconic pieces that will last a lifetime. And this navy stripe sweater in a gorgeous cotton and linen blend is just that. Pair it with white, stone or tan cotton pants and a solid white or denim button up shirt for a pulled together office casual look. Add a tan suede oxford to complete the outfit - you will be able to wear year after year, and it will look just as good.
 

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