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September 22, 2015

Work Sweater Style: Professionally Appropriate for All Offices

With office cultures running the gamut these days, what is considered office appropriate can mean so many different things. Some are still conservative with suits being the norm. On the other side of the spectrum, you may see people walking down the hall in hoodies – if you even go to an office, anymore. Regardless of your office “norm”, there is a place in your work wardrobe for sweaters. As we talked about in this week’s “Clothes & Conversation” a big sweater trend of the season is to wear chunkier sweaters as jacket replacements. There is also a resurgence in turtlenecks and stand up collars, which make a dapper layer under sport coats and over button up shirts. And, of course, beautiful cashmeres and lightweight wools will keep you warm without being bulky or too heavy in unpredictable office climates. The colors of the season are just right for work, too – rich burgundy, olive green, and dusty blues and greys all coordinate with the classic colors of black, grey, and navy often worn at the office.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our favorite sweaters for a night out, and Thursday for those cozy, casual sweaters you’ll just live in on the weekends. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/slubmerino/PRDOVR~03853/03853.jsp
When you’re not wearing a suit or sport coat to the office, an elbow-patched cardigan will never steer you wrong – especially this one from J.Crew. It has an appropriately professional, yet casual look, with suede elbow patches in a perfect shade of brown that look so dapper against the heather grey of the cardigan. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see a couple different ways to wear it, and we whole-heartedly approve of them all.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-toyon-v-neck-sweater/4125057 Robert Talbott - Toyon V-Neck Sweater
Robert Talbott - Toyon V-Neck Sweater
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Robert Talbott - Toyon V-Neck Sweater
Toyon V-Neck Sweater
Robert Talbott
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It’s safe to say that most gents have a simple v-neck sweater. Made in Italy, this Sea Island cotton knit is comfortable and durable, making it one of the best of the bunch. It comes in a few colors through the ‘shop it’ button, and our top pick of Claret red (shown) is an easy and professional way to add a pop of stylish color to your outfit. It also comes in a classic navy through the ‘shop it’ button that is a staple for any gent, so if you don’t have one, you may need both. They are both easy layers over a solid or patterned button up shirt and can be layered under a sport coat, since they aren’t too heavy. Robert Talbott has always been a favorite for its well-executed modern fit and wonderful quality.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306611997&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446856987 Vince - Contrast-Stripe Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Vince - Contrast-Stripe Wool & Cashmere Sweater
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Vince - Contrast-Stripe Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Contrast-Stripe Wool & Cashmere Sweater
Vince
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Colorblocking is an easy way to incorporate a bit of stylish trend to your work attire. And Vince’s use of soft grey shades makes for a polished office statement. The high quality of the wool and cashmere fabric is visually apparent, making this sweater an easy match to your dark grey wool pants and a crisp, white button up shirt for a more formal way to make it work-ready. Of course, you can also adopt a more casual look with a black or dark grey twill pants and a white or grey t-shirt. Vince’s fit is contemporary, but not too trim. You can size up if you want to more relaxed look.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fair-Isle-V-Neck-Sweater/MS00664,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Fair Isle V-Neck Sweater
Brooks Brothers - Fair Isle V-Neck Sweater
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Brooks Brothers - Fair Isle V-Neck Sweater
Fair Isle V-Neck Sweater
Brooks Brothers
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There is no denying the stylish look of Fair Isle this season, and of course, our friends at Brooks Brothers have interpreted it in a way that is office-ready. The 100% lambswool knit has a soft grey ground with navy, tan and rust accents, creating a neutral palette to tone down the detailed pattern. It also makes it easy to pair with all your basic work pieces – tan or navy cotton flat fronts, grey trousers, and dark denim. A solid white t-shirt or button up shirt underneath keeps it simple and easy. You can even layer your basic navy sport coat over it, which is a great way to subtly pop in this pattern. (Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the alternate view for this look.) The modern fit will work for every gent.
http://www.uniqlo.com/us/product/men-cashmere-crew-neck-sweater-149126.html UNIQLO - Men Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater
UNIQLO - Men Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater
Cashmere is a Fall sweater staple and there are tons of choices out there, at varying price points. When you don’t want to break the bank, and maybe want to buy a few colors at once, UNIQLO offers an amazing price, with quality that far exceeds it. The contemporary fit and crewneck styling gives this 100% cashmere a really current feel. The camel color we’re featuring offers a retro vibe that is so modern this season, and there are tons of other colors to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button, too. If you’re not yet familiar with the brand, UNIQLO started in 1984 in Japan, creating classic fashion at great prices, and opened its first store in the US in 2005. It’s been building momentum ever since for good reason.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/regan/4133575 Robert Graham - Regan Wool V-Neck Sweater
Robert Graham - Regan Wool V-Neck Sweater
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Robert Graham - Regan Wool V-Neck Sweater
Regan Wool V-Neck Sweater
Robert Graham
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The athletic trend inspires the contrast plaited seaming along the shoulders of this Robert Graham sweater – and we are inspired with how broad it makes any gent's shoulders look. Wearing it casually is simple - with a t-shirt and jeans. But you can dress it for a casual work look with flat fronts and a dark plaid button up shirt underneath. The modern fit is relaxed and easy.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Cotton-Cashmere-Dot-Vest/MS00632,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Cotton Cashmere Dot Vest
Brooks Brothers - Cotton Cashmere Dot Vest
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Brooks Brothers - Cotton Cashmere Dot Vest
Cotton Cashmere Dot Vest
Brooks Brothers
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In our opinion, sweater vests and office wear have always gone hand-in-hand. It’s the third piece that finishes an outfit – without adding an additional layer that can sometimes be too much when the office cranks up the heat. Brooks Brothers’ relaxed fit cotton and cashmere version has a dark navy dot pattern that can be dressed up or down for any office setting. Wear it with grey wool pants, a solid blue or white button up shirt and knit tie for a presentation or client meeting. For a more casual look, wear it with dark wash jeans or neutral cotton twill pants, and layer it over a solid chambray blue or white ground Tattersall button up shirt.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millarquarter-zip-merino-wool-sweater/4074662 Peter Millar - Quarter Zip Merino Wool Sweater
Peter Millar - Quarter Zip Merino Wool Sweater
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Peter Millar - Quarter Zip Merino Wool Sweater
Quarter Zip Merino Wool Sweater
Peter Millar
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A zip neck sweater has become a gent’s best friend and an office staple, if you don’t wear a suit everyday. Peter Millar’s “everygent” fit offers a stylish option for, well, every gent. The solid placket and collar, along with the Napa leather trim, create a dapper finish that pops against the black and white fine line stripe. And that’s one of the best parts of this sweater – the stripe is so slim that it gives the illusion of a solid to make it easy to accessorize. You can wear it with patterned or solid button up shirts. And the versatility doesn’t end there – it looks just as appropriate with jeans as it does with black or dark grey wool trousers.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millardonegal-wool-blend-henley-pullover/4140514 Peter Millar - Donegal Wool Blend Henley Pullover
Peter Millar - Donegal Wool Blend Henley Pullover
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Peter Millar - Donegal Wool Blend Henley Pullover
Donegal Wool Blend Henley Pullover
Peter Millar
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A Donegal (that’s when small pieces of colored yarn are woven in to the base fabric) wool is another subtle way to introduce pattern to your wardrobe without making a lot of noise. And the button neck details on this Peter Millar give the masculine look a polished finish that is so appropriate for the office – assuming you don’t need to wear a suit that day. The merino wool, nylon and alpaca blend is soft and rich in texture, with a modern fit that is easy to layer over a patterned button up shirt or long sleeve t-shirt. Any casual pants, from khakis to jeans, look great with it.
 

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