The Belted Shawl Cardigan

October 6th, 2013

It’s officially Fall; knitwear season.

I wanted to highlight one of my favorite under-utilized sweater styles: the belted shawl cardigan.

So here we pulled together three of my favorites from past posts, in hopes that it might inspire you to look for one this season.

1. Wool/Alpaca/Suede “Tweed” with Patch Pockets

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From post: “A Natural Palette: Autumn Colors“.

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I’ve had this sweater for years. One of the prizes for winning the Esquire “Best Dressed Real Man” contest in 2009 was a $5K gift card to the Ralph Lauren Mansion on the Upper East side.

Rather than stocking up on basics like chinos, polos and v-neck sweaters, my strategy was to buy “lifetime” pieces…things that I could never afford to buy otherwise. For example, this sweater was $400 (on sale from $1,100). After four years of wear it’s still in remarkable condition and one of my favorite pieces.

Knitwear is one of those categories where you really get what you pay for. It’s hard to fake a luxury sweater, especially after years of wear and tear.

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2. Burnt Orange Vintage Ribbed Lambswool

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From post: “Spring Essential: The Lightweight Trench

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A belted cardigan can be worn as outerwear (1 & 3) or as a layer under a jacket, like this lightweight trench.

I found this sweater in the back of a dodgy vintage shop in NYC.  After having it cleaned it turned out to be a little too small, so we ended up selling it in the Articles of Style Vintage Shop.

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3. Menswear Design Final

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I designed this sweater as part of my graduate collection (2 full looks) for the Menswear Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

Admittedly, I didn’t knit the sweater myself (knitting was not part of the degree) but worked closely with the knitter to develop the pattern and knit style. I did, however, hand-tailor the quilted flannel waistcoat and pleated trousers that I went underneath the sweater in the museum presentation for our program’s top designers.

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This double-faced knit is an absolute beast, weighing in at almost 10 pounds.

The chunkier the better!

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On a side-note, double monks get all the attention but sometimes single monks are more elegant.

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style

 

Photography by Alex Crawford