One of the trends this fall, for me, at least, has been to actively seek out outerwear solutions that aren’t my regular blazers or jackets. Many of my coats are a little too heavy for this time in between seasons and sometimes I’m in the mood for something other than a blazer. The “shacket” has been a great lightweight outerwear alternative and here’s another: the chunky shawl collar cardigan.
A chunky shawl cardigan is still a sweater and should fit like one, which means snug around your body so that it can be worn with a coat or layered under a blazer. However, the good thing about a thicker knit is that it works just as well as light outerwear.
I like to think of the chunky shawl cardigan as a “dressed up rugged” piece, especially those with wider ribbing. It pairs easily with seasonal colors like browns and also more rugged fabrics, such as chambray. Dress it up with a tie for a romantic dinner, or wear it more casually with a pair of jeans.