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September 23, 2014

Sweaters: How to Layer Them in to Your Fall Work Look

Our work go-to’s usually involve a suit or sport coat and trousers, with a button-down shirt, and a tie. Sweaters can be an important part of our office attire, too. If you work in a more casual or creative environment, it’s an easy choice in the cooler months – layering it over a t-shirt or sport shirt with a pair of great pants or dark jeans, and you’ve got your self an updated look for the season. If you work in a more conservative environment, sweaters can still be important. We like to layer a fine gauge sweater under a sport coat or blazer with a tie. It’s so effortlessly stylish and gives a littler sartorial edge and polish.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for the best sweaters for a night out and Thursday for our casual sweater picks. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/men/sweaters/cooper-sweater-vest-in-heather-charcoal.html
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J. McLaughlin - Cooper Sweater Vest
Cooper Sweater Vest
J. McLaughlin
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A sweater vest is a great office option, especially with the importance of 3-piece suits this season. It’s a really dapper alternative to create that same look, in a less formal way, when worn with a sport coat. This J. McLaughlin one is beautifully made in a charcoal wool/cashmere that looks great with this blue sport coat, though it certainly works with any neutral – grey, olive, tan, black. Without a jacket, wear it with or without a tie, along with a dressier pant, khaki’s or a great pair of jeans. How’s that for versatility.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Rag-Bone-Jameson-Shawl-Collar-Cardigan-Charcoal-/prod174020260_cat21150734__/p.prod Rag & Bone - Jameson Shawl-Collar Cardigan
Rag & Bone - Jameson Shawl-Collar Cardigan
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Rag & Bone - Jameson Shawl-Collar Cardigan
Jameson Shawl-Collar Cardigan
Rag & Bone
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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One of the great things about a shawl collar chunkier cardigan, like this one from Rag & Bone, is how it can be worn as a blazer replacement in more casual or creative work environments. For a client meeting, wear it with dark charcoal wool dress pants. If the day’s agenda is casual, wear with dark selvage jeans. Add a pattern shirt and a solid knit tie to complete the look.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306611997&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446718324 BOSS Hugo Boss - Danos Virgin-Wool Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss - Danos Virgin-Wool Sweater
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Danos Virgin-Wool Sweater
Danos Virgin-Wool Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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The chevron pattern (that’s the subtle zig zag stripe) in this Hugo Boss virgin wool sweater has just the subtle interest to make it feel fresh and updated. The contemporary fit creates a smooth polished look, when worn with a solid or pattern dress shirt and a tie- perfect for any meetings. If the day is casual, a khaki color or dark grey pair of cotton pants, along with a pattern button-up shirt, make a great outfit. Any shirt pattern will work with this sweater, since the pattern created by the stitch work is so understated. Whatever you choose, this sweater is the perfect finishing touch for a really dapper look.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306611997&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446700132 Billy Reid - Elton Slub Knit Sweater
Billy Reid - Elton Slub Knit Sweater
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Billy Reid - Elton Slub Knit Sweater
Elton Slub Knit Sweater
Billy Reid
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A little stripe is a nice conservative pattern for the office. Billy Reid has taken it up a notch by adding it to a slub cotton sweater, so it has some stylish texture and is lightweight – perfect for layering over a crisp white shirt and wearing with dress grey pants to keep it work appropriate. The sporty raglan sleeve (the stitch along the shoulder) gives you the option to wear it more casually with a t-shirt and dark wash jeans, too.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/men/sweaters/wilson-cardigan-sweater-in-navy.html J. McLaughlin - Wilson Cardigan Sweater
J. McLaughlin - Wilson Cardigan Sweater
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J. McLaughlin - Wilson Cardigan Sweater
Wilson Cardigan Sweater
J. McLaughlin
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This classic fit navy lambswool cardigan from J.McLaughlin is an easy and stylishly conservative substitute for a blazer. Its two lower pockets and top breast pocket help give it that structured jacket-like appearance. Wear it like you would any sport coat – a dark grey or navy pattern pair of dress pants look really great with this solid, though a dark grey is just as effective. Dark jeans and a distressed pair of oxfords or loafers give this more of a casual feel, but both looks are equally stylish with a pattern button-up shirt and tie.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tommy-bahama-paradise-ridge-silk-cotton-v-neck-sweater/3667852 Tommy Bahama - Paradise Ridge Silk & Cotton V-Neck Sweater
Tommy Bahama - Paradise Ridge Silk & Cotton V-Neck Sweater
Sometimes a comfortable, easy fitting v-neck is just the thing for a day at the office when a jacket isn’t required. Tommy Bahama’s silk and cotton version certainly delivers. The toast color we’re showing looks great with dark jeans or twill pants, and is an interesting shade of brown that punches up a basic color nicely. The purple is pretty great too, for a subtle pop of fall color. (Click through the “shop it” button to see for yourself.)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-tervis-classic-fit-merino-wool-sweater/3838432 Robert Talbott - Tervis Classic Fit Merino Wool Sweater
Robert Talbott - Tervis Classic Fit Merino Wool Sweater
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Robert Talbott - Tervis Classic Fit Merino Wool Sweater
Tervis Classic Fit Merino Wool Sweater
Robert Talbott
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Robert Talbott’s Italian quality and style sensibility is ideal for the work place. This luxurious waffle-stitched merino wool sweater delivers in both its conservative look and dapper color choice of this season’s deep red. (There is a great green option too, which you can view through the “shop it” button.) Keep the sophisticated feel going by wearing it with these Loro Piana charcoal wool pants and a brown or blue pattern shirt.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=42381116 Polo Ralph Lauren - Silk-Cashmere Mockneck Sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren - Silk-Cashmere Mockneck Sweater
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Silk-Cashmere Mockneck Sweater
Silk-Cashmere Mockneck Sweater
Polo Ralph Lauren
Sold by: Ralph Lauren

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The suede placket on this silk/cashmere cable knit sweater from Polo Ralph Lauren really elevates this piece to a great office option on a more casual day. It looks great with washed navy flat front pants and plaid button up shirt. The grey is a perfect neutral.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/victorinox-swiss-army-guardian-classic-fit-full-zip-vest-online-only/3738498 Victorinox Swiss Army - Guardian Classic Fit Full Zip Vest
Victorinox Swiss Army - Guardian Classic Fit Full Zip Vest
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Victorinox Swiss Army - Guardian Classic Fit Full Zip Vest
Guardian Classic Fit Full Zip Vest
Victorinox Swiss Army
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This Victorinox Swiss Army vest is our pick for a casual Friday look, with its rich charcoal color and sporty nylon shoulder trim. It looks rugged and stylish with dark wash jeans or almost any color cotton twill pants and any pattern shirt. If you really want to step up your style cred at work, add a solid or pattern tie.
 

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