I have noticed recently with the Autumn/Winter collections that there a lot more new and creative pieces coming out. One particular item I really really like at the moment is the belted cardigan, which offers something a bit different in comparison to the button up one’s you can always get at this time of the year. As you know if you are a regular reader, chunky knitwear is destined to be massive this coming season and so this is another welcome change to the traditional knitwear market.
The cardigan is an essential piece in any man’s wardrobe for Autumn/Winter and provides great options for layering. It has formal enough roots in order to be dressed up with a shirt or polo shirt, as you can button it right the way up and even add a blazer or mac over the top… but it can also be dressed down easily with a v-neck tee, left unbuttoned and with a leather jacket or hoody thrown over the top. It is a bit of a chameleon in that respect and these are the versatile pieces that you need in your wardrobe to create multiple looks.
The belted cardigan takes this layering option a step further. They are normally quite over sized and “slouchy” and perfect for that artist/creative look. You can literally wear these more like a jacket because you can layer up beneath and throw the cardigan on over the top either open or belted around your middle like you would a Burberry Mac.
Either way, I would recommend adding one of the pieces below to your wardrobe for the coming season. Experiment with your layering to create new and varied looks – you should always be trying to develop your personal style further each and every day.
Men’s Belted Cardigans
Topman seem to have been the first retailers to get aboard this trend. I noticed them this weekend when I was in my local store and had to buy a couple. I went searching online for any more varieties I could find and only saw one at All Saints so far. Topman have got some great colours and styles at the moment though and I love the yellow and grey versions below. These are labelled as knitted jackets but they still have the feel and look of a traditional cardigan. Grey will go with nearly any other colour which makes it perfect for layering. Colours should not be dropped in Autumn/Winter and so that bold statement yellow cardigan is perfect to stand out against your other layering items.