We mentioned a couple of months back that a massive trend for this year is chunky knitwear. Thick cuts, beautiful extravagant fabrics and over the top bold statement graphics/patterns are a must for the wardrobe this season. They can be worn with anything from chinos, to jeans to trousers and are a great versatile piece that is essential for layering up in the cold months. Today we are going to show you what is happening with more specific pieces of knitwear this season and in particular the cardigan.
The cardigan over the last 5 years has become a menswear ESSENTIAL. I cannot recall who set off the whole trend back then, but suddenly and out of nowhere it became a very “cool” piece of fashion clothing that lost the stigma of being old man’s knitwear. Before this time I would not of been seen dead in one but now I must have at least 10 in my wardrobe in a variety of knits, cuts and colours.
I think it has helped that designers are getting creative with the cardigan and started to produce high quality wool or merino wool versions that looked infinitely more fashionable than the cardigan your Granddad just picked up from Marks and Spencers. My first cardigan I bought was a standard All Saints merino wool version in black and to this day it is still an item that I can call on in the winter or summer months and know it will always look great.
The cardigan is just a great layering item. They can be dressed up with a shirt and tie, or they can be completely played down by throwing on a graphic tee underneath and a hoody or leather jacket over the top of it. This versatility and chameleon qualities makes it an absolute style staple that every man should own. Layering is easy because if you have a thin version you can throw items on underneath or over the top and thicker chunky versions can be over sized and used as a makeshift coat – as long as it’s no raining and you will not ruin your fabric!
The chunky large cardigan is this season’s major trend within cardigans. Like the chunky knitwear we featured we are talking thick high quality fabrics with extra detailing like cable knit construction and even duffel fixings instead of buttons. The prints and patterns are not so present in the new season cardigans but this just makes them even more like to last throughout seasons and years – not be so “passing trend” time limited. The other key quality to look for in your new cardigan would be oversizing and “slouchy” construction. These new era chunky cardigans are big, thick and over sized so they have that really warm and cosy vibe to them. They will be slightly longer than usual and just hang off the contours of your body slightly more than a fitted merino wool version would. It just adds to the look and appearance of weight that these new styles give off.
So take a look through some new releases below and I think you will all need to add one of these to the wardrobe this pay day!
If you want an investment piece that will look great season after season then go for the timeless classic colours… black, greys, and navy’s will never go out of fashion and can be tailored to any occasion by matching with the correct pieces.
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