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Preston Konrad

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Best Mens Cardigan & Mens Sweater

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Once a staple for boarding school teens and grandfathers alike, the cardigan sweater is back… in a big way and has become the new staple piece for today’s well-dressed man. I know, I know what you may be thinking; “A cardigan? I think Mister Rogers is the only guy who rocks the cardigan right?” Well, if you really feel that Zac Efron, Penn Badgley, and Jake Gylenhall are the new Mister Rogers, I would say you may be right. The Cardigan sweater has taken a new identity in the midst of a prep-influenced revolution in menswear.

The overall style of the cardigan has remained the same; a v-neck sweater with buttons down the front; however there’s nothing old and frumpy about today’s cardigan. Gone are the itchy, bulky, ill-fitting sweaters your dad used to wear. The must-have cardigans of today boast vintage inspired details, slimmer fits, and the use of luxurious fabrics. Guys, ditch the pleated khakis and turtlenecks and pull out your slim dark jeans and v-neck tee shirts. The cardigan is back, and no longer is it your grandpa’s Sunday morning reading sweater.

Stay warm with the best mens cardigan that looks great at work or a night with friends or family. We recommend mens sweater choices that include cashmere cardigans and other cardigan sweaters designed to keep you warm and in style.

Best Cardigans by Preston Konrad

The Best You Can Get

  • Ralph Lauren Fleece Club Cardigan

    Preston says: American fashion legend, Ralph Lauren has always been a shopping destination for the classic, well-dressed man. Delivering the ultimate in refined, tailored menswear, Ralph Lauren has reinvented the cardigan for fall 2008. The Fleece Club Cardigan is the perfect way to refine your style, especially if you happen to be a “hoodie and jeans” type of guy, as Ralph has traded in wools and cashmeres for a soft, versatile, athletic fleece (sweat-shirt material) for the newest take on the classic cardigan. The sweater fits and looks like a cardigan, yet feels like your favorite ivy-league hoodie. The use of tattered varsity numbers and patches will make you stand out of any crowd… and look pretty cool, too. Dress it up with an Oxford shirt and slim tie, or layer with a white v-neck t-shirt for a trip to Starbucks. Keep your layering pieces slim, as the sweater has a slim, athletic fit. At this price, the Ralph Lauren Fleece Club Cardigan is a steal… as you’ll definitely be wearing this piece season after season.

    • Made of soft fleece
    • Vintage inspired varsity patches and details
    • Tailored, slim fit
  • BDG School Colors Cardigan

    Preston says: This cardigan from Urban Outfitters is one of the coolest reinventions of the classic. Made from lightweight acrylic, this sweater screams old-school style with a new-school fit. It’s available in multiple colors and boasts contrast striping on the sleeve to give it that varsity look. The BDG cardigan fits true to size and should be worn casually… this isn’t a cardigan to dress up for work or meeting, but is perfect for a night out layered over a soft tee-shirt and slim fitting jeans.

    • Lightweight
    • Casual and cool
    • Great price
  • J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan

    Preston says: Every man should have at least once piece of cashmere in his closet (and no, guys, I’m not talking that scarf you got for Christmas last year). This sweater is available in multiple colors ranging from solid black to jungle green and is the piece to layer with. One of the benefits of cashmere is that it keeps you cool in the colder months and also breathes really well as the temps start to climb. The J. Crew version is made from some of the best Italian cashmere available and the genuine shell buttons and available monogramming are little details that say a lot when paired with a great pair of jeans. This is for sure one of my top pick and is a staple item that every man should own. Expect a fit that is true to size.

    • 100% Italian Cashmere
    • Available in a wide array of colors
    • Great value
    • Perfect for layering
  • Heritage Striped Cardigan, Forever 21 Men

    Preston says: Not many guys know that Forever 21 sells an incredible line of casual menswear at an ever more incredible price under the pseudonym Heritage 1981. The Heritage Striped Cardigan is one of my favorite cardigan sweaters. The fit is tailored and the stripes make the cardigan really cool again, almost a little rock-star. The best part about this sweater is the price; this pretty should pretty much be in every guy’s closet. Throw on a graphic tee and jeans and you’re ready to go. At such a great price, I would suggest getting two of them, as you might just find yourself wearing this sweater more than you think.

    • Incredible price
    • Modern and young stripes
    • Awesome fit
    • Very lightweight
    • 100% lightweight cotton
  • Gap Cable Knit Cardigan

    Preston says: Gap’s cable knit cardigan is a perfect combination of style and function. Perfect for the brisk days of fall and winter, this sweater stays true to its roots with traditional cable knit design. It is made of 100% mercerized wool, feeling almost more like a luxurious cashmere blend. The fit of the sweater is not too slim and not overly loose, but just right for layering with a leather jacket and button down shirt. Gap’s cardigan sweater is a great weekend piece that you will get a lot of wear out of through the colder months.

    • Traditional cable detail
    • Made of 100% soft, mercerized wool
    • Perfect for colder weather

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  • Vince Cotton Cardigan

    Preston says: One of the best ways to wear your new cardigan is layered, however a lot of guys tend to get overheated when rocking a layered look. To avoid those sweaty undershirts and keep you cool while still looking great, pick up the Vince Cotton Cardigan. This modern take on the classic is ideal for guys on the go, as its made of a lightweight waffle-knit cotton… like your favorite waffle tee, only a lot more fashionable. This navy blue, slim-fitting cardigan looks great layered over your favorite crew-neck tee shirt or a comfortable polo shirt. Aviator shades and jeans look great paired with this sweater for a casual yet pulled together look.

    • Made of comfortable, waffle-knit cotton
    • Easy to clean
    • Great detailing on the sleeves
  • Lacoste Long Sleeve Button Cardigan

    Preston says: Lacoste has been a purveyor of prep for decades. In the midst of our preppy revolution, Lacoste introduces a new long sleeve button cardigan. At first glance, the sweater looks much like its predecessor… solid in color with the small Lacoste logo on the chest. When trying the sweater on however, you see how this is not your dads Lacoste cardigan. The fit is slim and handsome, and the lack of overbearing detail make this piece the perfect way to dress up a cardigan sweater. Sold only in solids, this cardigan is perfect for work and play, as it could easily be dressed up for the office with straight leg chinos, or down for the golf course with shorts. The Lacoste long sleeve cardigan is more conservative that the others on my list, but this is one of the reasons it’s so great. 100% cotton is also really easy to care for… machine wash cold and air-dry.

    • Great for work and dressing up
    • Slim, tailored fit
    • 100% cotton and easy to care for
    • Preppy and conservative
  • Dolce and Gabbana Reversible Cardigan

    Preston says: This sweater is a prime example of how cool cardigans have become. Made from a luxurious blend of wool and cashmere, this chunky cardigan is great for fall and winter and can make any guy look like a million bucks. The sweater is a bit on the bulky side, yet doesn’t feel the least bit itchy or scratchy. Layer it with a long sleeve tee or polo and you are good to go. This sweater is a real luxury item but is well worth the investment… this is a piece that will never go out of style.

    • Fashion-forward
    • Great for colder weather
    • Luxurious cashmere blend
    • Investment piece
    • Reversible
  • Paul Smith Striped Cardigan

    Preston says: For those of your guys who prefer a very fitted look, this cardigan is the one for you. Paul Smith offers a really slim fitting cardigan in black with thin purple stripes, a very cool and young color combination. The sweater is a blend of cotton and wool so dry cleaning is pretty much the only option as far as maintenance. Given the fit of the sweater I would layer only with a close fitting tee shirt paired with slim dark jeans and cool sneakers. The overall look of this cardigan is young, hip, and cool.

    • Very slim fit
    • Great color combination
    • Dry clean only
    • Perfect to layer with tee shirts
  • Banana Republic Shawl-Collar Cardigan

    Preston says: This merino-wool cardigan is the one that is most similar to the one your grandfather could have worn back in the day, but with a modern, tailored fit. Complete with leather elbow patches, a shawl collar and leather wrapped buttons, this style may not work for every guy but is perfect for those of you who tend to dress a bit more conservatively. Because the details are a bit reminiscent of the cardigans of yesteryear, try to pair this with jeans and a polo shirt instead of khaki pants and a button down for a cooler, more modern look.

    • Leather elbow patches and buttons
    • Made of very soft, merino wool
    • Shawl collar
    • Great for weekends

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Choose the best mens cardigan to keep you warm and in style this week. We suggest the perfect mens sweater that are never itchy or bulky for a perfect fit. Always the best price, these cardigan sweater selections include mens cashmere cardigan sweaters and other styles that are perfect for the work day or a fun night out with friends or family.