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Chunky Knit Cardigan - He Spoke Style
Chunky Knit Cardigan - He Spoke Style

A Lightweight Outerwear Alternative: Chunky Shawl Cardigan

October 17th, 2014

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.

Chunky Shawl Cardigan - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Cardigan c/o Armani Exchange (similar HERE), J.Crew shirt and belt, Vintage Yves Saint Laurent trousers (part of suit), Vintage tie, To Boot New York loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Chunky Shawl Cardigan - He Spoke Style

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Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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