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1 Piece/3 Ways: The Cricket Sweater

December 7th, 2012

The cricket sweater originated as sportswear and quickly became an old-money prep staple, but that doesn’t mean it can only be worn on the golf course, tennis court or at the country club.

Here’s three ways to get the most out of it.

    1. Cross-Genre Casual

    I like to mix prep-inspired pieces with items that have a little more edge, like this lightweight designer trench.

    By combining genres, you can create a look that is unique and represents your personal point of view on style, rather than a typical representation of men’s fashion as described by brand marketing.

    White jeans after Labor Day? Why not? As long as you understand the rules (like proper fit and tasteful color coordination) you can break them in a way that is appealing, not appalling.

    Brown suede desert boots look good with just about anything.

    • Clear frame sunglasses by Vintage
    • Light blue cotton trench by Burberry Prorsum
    • Navy cableknit sweater by Argyle Culture
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Brown Leather Plaque belt by JCrew
    • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti

    2. Business Casual

    In a “business casual” environment, it’s hard to go wrong with a simple button-down shirt, tailored trouser and v-neck sweater.

    On a mild day throw a light jacket over it, like this cotton golf number I picked up from a vintage store for $10 (then had tailored for $50).

    Not all jeans are made of denim. Jeans are a style, not a fabric.

    These wool flannel jeans are warm, comfortable and a perfect balance between casual and dressy.

    • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda
    • Burgundy golf jacket Vintage
    • Navy cableknit sweater by Argyle Culture
    • White cotton dress shirt
    • Grey flannel Jeans by Zegna
    • Black leather penny loafers by Bass Weejun

     3. Professor of the Game

    Of course, sometimes a cricket sweater deserves to be in its preppy element.

    Although it was originally intended as sportswear, it looks right at home with a flannel houndstooth suit and rep stripe bowtie.

    A professorial look that hints at wealth and intellect.

    My style-conscious professors at Columbia would be proud.

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Sergio V.

      Great looks, I want to buy that sweater. Being a slimmer tall guy, I always have trouble finding the best size. Would you mind sharing how tall you are and the size of the sweater?

    • http://www.blackfm.com David.O

      I Like the business casual photo shoot.
      The amazing Mercedes G class in the background blends well with your outfit

    • http://www.thewrittenrunway.com Ambyr

      I always love your Business Casual looks but today, this Professor of the Game look is amazing. Loving the bow tie and pops of colors.

      *Come check out celebrity stylist Nolan Wells’ menswear, holiday shopping picks on my blog!

    • Tom

      Amazing ! What is the size of the sweater ? M or L ? thx

      • http://tsbmen.com Townsend

        It’s actually a small. Their sizing runs a bit large. If in doubt, size down.

        Thanks for reading!

    • Don Pierre

      Brilliant Winter Crystal Sunglasses. Revenge of Bow-Tie. Truly Dapper Last Look.

    • Jonathan

      I’m really feeling that light weight trench coat.

    • cam

      the 3/2 roll flannel suit is blowing my fu&@!ng mind right now. subtle but perfect!!

      • Herbert Morrison

        my sentiments exactly–think SB’s rocked a tipover jacket once before on this site, if ever. the proportions on this latest creation are outstanding. rick flair say wooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    • Ishaan

      I have been wearing these sweater since my cricket days in India. Early morning practice at a mountain top boarding school required something warm but sporty. The spectators are dope!
      TSB, have you ever thought about the cricket baggy cap? May be up your street.

    • TO

      Russell hooked it up! Damn that’s a nice sweater. And your styling never ceases to impress. One of the best prep looks there you’ve ever done on the last one.

    • Khalid

      Smashing look in #3! Spectators aren’t usually that elegant, and complement that great suit very nicely. Flannel jeans also sound and look fresh.

      May I ask what you had done to the golf coat at the tailors? Consider before-and-after shots in future posts, to show us the power of tailoring. :-)

      • Lothar

        Hear, hear. Before and After photos would be quite illuminating.

    • Mrjbeee

      Awesome post. Been wanting a cricket sweater not knowing that was what they called it. All the looks are great! Thanks for the inspiration. Keep it up!