During the colder months of the year, you’re going to have to bundle up in a sweater. However, not all sweaters are alike. There are a countless amount of styles, materials and functions that may leave you lost and frustrated. Thankfully, finding that perfect sweater isn’t as complicated as it sounds, or as expensive as you would think.
All About The Cardigan
The cardigan is simply a knit sweater that has an open front, which can be tied, buttoned, or zipped up. The cardigan was modeled after the knitted wool waistcoats that British officers wore during The Crimean War (1853-1856). The sweater became a favorite among fisherman who wanted to stay warm. Today, however, it’s popular with both men and women and can be worn in almost any situation and setting. For casual situations, just wear it over a t-shirt. In a formal setting, you can wear a cardigan over a dress shirt. Also, cardigans come in light or heavy knits, depending on the temperature.
Cardigans are perfect for layering and can be used almost year around. Don’t be afraid to experiment with matching a cardigan with not only t-shirts and dress shirts, but also with accessories like scarves and ties.
The Popular Pull Over
The most common sweater around, and easiest to match, is the pull over. Thankfully, you can spice up your wardrobe with the various colors, styles and materials that are found in pullovers. All pullovers can be worn for any casual or formal situation. Match a dressy pullover with a blazer and you’re good to go for a more formal setting. Or, you can wear a cotton pullover with a pair of jeans for when you just want to kick back and relax.
Here are the three most popular pullover sweaters.
The Crew Neck
The round and tight-fitting neckline of a crew neck is the most well known sweater. The crew neck is simple and versatile. Again, a crew neck can be worn with practically anything in your closet.
The V Neck
The v-shaped neckline is perfect with layering. Wearing a V-neck sweater over a dress shirt to the office is always a sharp look. Also, this type of sweater will never go out of style. However, despite it being able to go with any outfit, it’s best to skip the V-neck for a formal event.
The Turtle Neck
Since the turtleneck has a high collar, it’s perfect for the winter. It’s also extremely versatile. A quality turtleneck can replace a shirt and tie when worn with a nice business jacket. Or, you can wear one with something like a leather jacket and chinos for a night out. Like the V-neck, however, you shouldn’t wear a turtleneck for very formal or important occasions.
How About The Collared Sweater?
If you’re too wary of wearing a turtleneck, but need the extra warmth, then there plenty of collared sweaters out there, like a shawl neck sweater. Not only will they give you the added warmth, collared sweaters will also bring attention to your face. So, if you decide to go with a collared sweater, make sure that you’re properly groomed.
To Sweater Vest Or Not To Sweater Vest?
For a long time sweater vests were mocked, but if Mike Ditka can rock them, so can you. Sweater vests, when done correctly, are perfect for your everyday outfit during the winter.
What Exactly is Cashmere?
Cashmere is a fabric made from Cashmere goats. They have been manufactured in Nepal and Kashmir since around the 15th Century. A Cashmere sweater now comes in numerous styles and variations. There are Cashmere cardigans, pullovers and hoodies. The fabric is soft, comfortable and warm. Like a cardigan, you can wear a Cashmere sweater in any situation or setting.
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What Other Materials Are Used to Make Sweaters?
Warmer sweaters are made from not only Cashmere, but also, Shetland, lambs wool and merino wool. Cotton is another typical fabric used to make sweaters.
Sweater Fashion Tips
- A sweater should almost hug the shape of your body. It shouldn’t be tight, or too big.
- Keep it simple, but don’t be afraid to experiment.
- Match the sweater with the rest of your ensemble. Don’t wear something like a fisherman knit sweater, which is bulky and rugged, with nice dress pants. It doesn’t go together. Instead, wear a pair of jeans. Also, make sure that the color of your sweater goes with the tones of your dress shirt.
- When choosing patterns, keep this in mind: finer patterns for finer knits, brawnier patterns for brawnier knits.
- Never, and we mean never, tuck in a turtleneck.
- It is totally acceptable to wear a sweater underneath a blazer.
- When wearing a coat, it’s best to have a medium-weight sweater. You don’t want to be too bulky. Also, the sweater should contrast with the color of your coat.