Fall Business Casual: Cardigan as Blazer

| WEARING | Shawl collar cardigan c/o Armani Exchange, QG Custom waistcoat and trousers, Shirt and briefcase (similar HERE) c/o Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers tie, Timex watch, J.Crew belt, Bass Weejuns loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

If it was practical for me to wear a three-piece suit all the time, I would wear one every damn day. I spend a lot time talking about a three-piece suit’s versatility, but let’s talk a bit about the whole package. Timeless, classic, confident, masculine. A three-piece suit can look put together and nonchalant at the same time. The problem with wearing one on a daily basis is that, unless you’re in a line of work where a three-piece suit is required, it can come off as much too formal for modern life. Dress down a three-piece suit by swapping the jacket for a chunky knit shawl collar cardigan.

Cardigan Blazer - He Spoke Style

Get the Look

Substituting your suit jacket for a shawl collar cardigan is a softer, more casual expression of the three-piece suit. Great for chilly fall days and an easy business casual look.

Continue the casual inflections with a non-leather briefcase. Have one in your collection that’s wool, canvas, twill, or tweed, or a combination. If I’m carrying a briefcase made of fabric, I like to have a leather trim to lend it a bit of masculinity.

What’s that tie knot? It’s a double four in hand. How do you tie it? Well, that’s one of the tutorials that’s top on the production list as we begin to expand the YouTube channel in the next few months. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe. Great new video content coming up!

Cardigan Blazer - He Spoke Style

Cardigan Blazer - He Spoke Style

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  • Joshua

    Wow! That was an idea. My cardigans are thin and worn under a jacket. But I do have one that could be worn outermost. I’ll try it with an odd waistcoat first, though, because that one cardigan got some funky knitting.

    Bleh, I just realized that one cardigan is not shawl-collared. :(

  • Seth Nelson

    Great tip! I think it goes along with yesterday’s post about changing up the routine. I’m almost always wearing a suit or sports coat; going for a cardigan will be a nice change sometimes this fall.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      You got it, Seth! It was definitely cold enough when I was there for a nice chunky knit. Is is still on the chilly side?

      • Seth Nelson

        Well, this is a late reply, but no. That was unseasonably chilly, even for December. Ha! Our city moved its marathon to December, hoping for cooler temps. It should be in the mid to upper 60s. The temps you experienced are more typical of early January and late February, I think. Honestly, I enjoy the cold on occasion, and we get it…on occasion. I like it, but I’d prefer our hot summers to the long cold winters we had in Michigan.

  • http://www.deluxshionist.com Deluxshionist

    love the way you wear the cardi

    Herdiana Surachman