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September 24, 2014

Sweaters: Dapper Options for Casual Drinks & Engaging Dinners

How does a sweater work into our after 5 wardrobes? Effortlessly, in our opinion. Whether you are planning a casual night at a friend’s house or going out for drinks and a great meal, a sweater can really complete an outfit once the weather gets cool. It can be just as dressy – and certainly just as polished – as a sport shirt for a night out, especially if you layer the two together. And a sweater easily creates a more finished look than a t-shirt. Sweaters, just like t-shirts, are knit so they are just as comfortable, particularly when you choose one in a soft cashmere. You’ll look, and feel, great out on the town.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for some amazing casual sweaters. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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J. Lindeberg  - Shawl Collar Sweater
Shawl Collar Sweater
J. Lindeberg
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Yesterday, we talked about how a shawl collar cardigan can be a great alternative to a sport coat for the work place. And when it’s done in a tailored black-and-white tweed pullover style, it’s just perfect for a night out. Wear a dark blue shirt and dark twill pants (we suggest black or dark grey) to keep it sophisticated. A black or charcoal t-shirt will convert this sweater instantly for a more casual look.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-wool-cardigan/3765524 Vince - Wool Cardigan Sweater
Vince - Wool Cardigan Sweater
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Vince - Wool Cardigan Sweater
Wool Cardigan Sweater
Vince
Sold by: Nordstrom

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When you’re heading out for the evening, its time to step up your style. Instead of a blazer - which, don’t get us wrong, we always think looks great – a zip-front cardigan can be a great alternative. If the restaurant doesn’t require a jacket (and, thank goodness, many don’t these days), you can still look dapper and pulled together, but a little more modern. The ribbing, shoulder detail, and 2-way zip of this tailored sweater provide a lot of detail, so it feels like a real anchor to the outfit - just like a jacket would. It looks so sharp with grey wool pants, a dark pattern shirt and solid tie for a snappier look. If your night is more casual, just add jeans and a t-shirt or turtleneck.
http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=28666&vid=1&pid=129265002 Banana Republic - Quilted Extra-Fine Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Cardigan Sweater
Banana Republic - Quilted Extra-Fine Merino Wool Shawl-Collar Cardigan Sweater
Banana Republic has really delivered with this quilted shawl collar cardigan. It is so fresh looking, with the quilt stitching in the body and the rib stitching on the sleeves. Really, everything about it is right for this season, and seasons to come. It looks smart with a dark grey pair of flat fronts and check button up shirt for a night out.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hugo-siralano-slim-fit-wool-turtleneck-sweater/3832260 HUGO Hugo Boss - Siralano Slim Fit Wool Turtleneck Sweater
HUGO Hugo Boss - Siralano Slim Fit Wool Turtleneck Sweater
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HUGO Hugo Boss - Siralano Slim Fit Wool Turtleneck Sweater
Siralano Slim Fit Wool Turtleneck Sweater
HUGO Hugo Boss
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Turtlenecks are making a big comeback this season, and a classic black wool one is always trend right for a night out at your favorite restaurant. This one from Hugo Boss has the trim fit we like in a turtleneck, keeping the look modern and sleek. Wear it with dark jeans and a sport coat for a complete look. It’s not heavy and the virgin wool is very soft – key ingredients to a great turtleneck.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Thai-Jacquard-1-2-Zip-Sweater-Black-Grey/prod172080029_cat21150734__/p.prod Peter Millar - Thai Jacquard 1/2-Zip Sweater
Peter Millar - Thai Jacquard 1/2-Zip Sweater
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Peter Millar - Thai Jacquard 1/2-Zip Sweater
Thai Jacquard 1/2-Zip Sweater
Peter Millar
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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The black and grey jacquard pattern in this cotton sweater provides a dash of character. Sweaters for a night out certainly don’t need to be boring, but this isn’t the era of the Bill Cosby sweater, either. Peter Millar clearly delivers just the right balance with this one. It looks great with a grey pair of twill pants or wool ones. We recommend a solid white or blue shirt underneath to highlight the subtle pattern of the sweater.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Hugo-Boss-Wool-V-Neck-Sweater-Navy/prod174250002_cat21150734__/p.prod BOSS Hugo Boss - Wool V-Neck Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss - Wool V-Neck Sweater
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Wool V-Neck Sweater
Wool V-Neck Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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A dark navy wool v-neck is a must have in your wardrobe – not just for a night out, though that’s what we’re talking about today. It is so versatile. This one from Hugo Boss has a contemporary fit that we really like to keep the look from getting sloppy or too casual. Wear it with a dark rinse or grey pair of jeans to create that casual feel. And pairing it with a white shirt creates a classic, polished look. It also easily works with a small check or Tattersall pattern for a dressier look. Add a black oxford or dark brown suede shoe and you are ready to go anywhere (well, almost anywhere). For an easier, more classic fit, Peter Millar has a great version.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306611997&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446604441 BOSS Hugo Boss - Marlo Wool V-Neck Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss - Marlo Wool V-Neck Sweater
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Marlo Wool V-Neck Sweater
Marlo Wool V-Neck Sweater
BOSS Hugo Boss
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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For a more casual take on a v-neck, Hugo Boss has also made this sweater. It’s still quite sophisticated, in a more rugged way, using a mix of alpaca (similar to wool, but warmer and silkier) and wool. They've created some nice detailed interest with cross-over detailing in the v-neck. You’ll look downright dashing with a solid white or blue shirt and these Theory 5-pocket charcoal wool pants.



http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306611997&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446645524 Theory - Riland Wool Crewneck Sweater
Theory - Riland Wool Crewneck Sweater
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Theory - Riland Wool Crewneck Sweater
Riland Wool Crewneck Sweater
Theory
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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No gent’s wardrobe is complete without a black wool crew neck sweater. If you’re getting ready for an evening out, you’ll rarely go wrong reaching for one. Theory has a beautiful ultra-fine wool version, in a contemporary fit that keeps it looking smart and trim. This also makes it a great layer under a sport coat. For a dressier occasion, pair it with grey wool dress pants and a white dress shirt. It can easily be worn with jeans and a t-shirt for a more casual night, too. It will surely be an often worn, valuable addition to your wardrobe.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/NewArrivals/PRDOVR~04555/04555.jsp J. Crew - Italian Cashmere Waffle-knit Sweater
J. Crew - Italian Cashmere Waffle-knit Sweater
Every gent needs a cashmere sweater that looks great with your dark wash jeans for a night out to your favorite restaurant or bar. This J.Crew waffle stitch Italian cashmere is your answer. This heathered blue is so rich and really plays up the texture of this soft cashmere perfectly (though the grey and black that it also comes in are certainly winners, too). Layer it over a classic pattern shirt with a pair of black chukka boots to dress it up. Or keep it casual with just a grey t-shirt underneath. This is a sweater that will be as soft and comfortable as your favorite sweatshirt, but with a lot more style.

 

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