Shawl Neck Cardigans

Hey there loyal reader… it’s been a while. I have been working so hard this Christmas I have found myself with no time to contribute opinions to my own site. I hope you have all enjoyed the new writing team’s thoughts though? I think they have done a great job picking up the slack whilst I have been away and have touched on some really interesting topics so far. By the way, look out for some amazing new articles this week, including the launch of our street style section!

Anyway enough of that, I just want to let you into a beautiful new trend in knitwear that has become absolutely massive this season within the new collections… the shawl neck cardigan. For around the past 5 years, cardigans have become a fashion staple for all men no matter what your age. No longer do they have the stuffy or old stigma associated with them, and it you do not have one in your wardrobe for winter then you need to invest right away. This season has seen the introduction of a new style/cut cardigan which involves the fold over shawl neck.

The shawl neck is quite hard to explain, but it is an over size collar to the knitwear that folds over around the neck and tapers down to the top button on the cardigan. Please see the main image above for the variations worn by Beckham and Daniel Craig recently. These oversized collars give the cardigans a real “slouchy” relaxed feel and are perfect for staying warm this winter. I love the innovation designers are coming out with at the moment, and all the major trends this year play on revamping existing items or bringing forgotten about items back to life (brogues, braces, bow ties, cardigans etc.). I have never seen the shawl neck so popular and it is present in all the major collections this Winter, as you will see in the product picks below.

So how to wear this new trend and why should you have one in your wardrobe? Well now that this new form of knitwear has been introduced wide scale, there is no reason for it not to be here to stay, just like the cardigan. In the end it is just a new twist on classic knitwear that will look just as great next year as it does this year. It ties in brilliantly this year with the major chunky knitwear trends, and with knitwear becoming more oversized and slouchy, it means this can be dressed up multiple ways.

Take a look at the images above to see exactly how versatile this new knitwear is. You can match an oversized shawl neck cardigan with the whole check/workerwear trend a la Beckham (with collar up to add to the relaxed vibe if you like), which looks great as a casual look and would also keep you extremely warm now the weather has truly turned for the worst. You can also pair the shawl neck with a shirt and tie just as easily and button it right to the top. This gives off a relaxed formal vibe which is helped by the fact that the knitwear now looks like it has an informal collar. This is what really separates it from the traditional cardigan, it definitely has an edge when creating a formal look (see Daniel Craig) but when open and draped it just looks like the most comfortable and casual piece of knitwear money can buy.

I have just purchased 2 variations of this knitwear this weekend and hence this article. I would recommend Farah Vintage knitwear personally as they do some amazing variations in the same style as the Beckham outfit above. Take a look at the collections below and update your knitwear today…

Shawl Neck Cardigans

All Saints

 Unity Hooded Cardigan  Helka Cardigan Gold Cardigan

Urban Outfitters

Lyle & Scott Shawl Neck Cardigan BDG Homecoming Cardigan Koto Professor Shawl Cardigan


Self Shawl Collar Cardigan Self Shawl Collar Cardigan Charcoal Shawl Collar Cardigan


Grey Shawl Cardigan Peter Grey Shawl Collar Cardigan Henry Midnight Cable Knit Cardigan


ASOS Merino Shawl Collar Cardigan Dr Denim Franklin Shawl Collar Cardigan Adam Lippes For Mango Shawl Collar Cardigan

Reiss Warwick Heavy Shawl Button Through Jumper Farah Vintage The Fairfax Shawl Collar Button Through Two Stoned Moscow Double Breasted Shawl Collar Cardigan