Even though our minds are still in “Summer mode”, there is nothing wrong with looking ahead to Fall fashions, since some areas of the world get cooler sooner than others. When I think of the seasons of Fall and Winter, I immediately think of an Irish cardigan but especially their sweaters.
One eternally popular kind of sweater is the Irish Knit. Aside from the patterned knits that we are used to seeing, some Irish knit sweaters like the Classic Men’s Rolled Donegal Heavy Sweater that I found at , a premier site for Irish gifts, is a simple flat knit that is made of a grey and white heathered Merino wool. This type of wool sweater is one that even the most finicky of sweater wearers will not shy away from because this special blend of wool from Donegal Ireland is known to be without the “itch”, sometimes found in traditional wool sweaters.
Often we treat our cardigans like we treat our children: sometimes we cherish them, other times we get fed up and throw ’em in a pile at the back of a closet. I’ve always been a fan (of cardigans, that is), so it’s fortunate that they’re back in style. Let’s see what separates the quality cardigan from the undesirable one.
Moschino Contrast Embroidered Crest Wool Logo Cardigan
INFEASIBLE: Uniform-looking Cardigans
I bet most of you are happy to have survived high school [and you youngsters still stuck in the system, carry forth sons]. So why would you ever want to wear something that reminded you of cafeteria drama, patronizing teachers, and boring algebra textbooks? Granted, you probably didn’t wear an uniform as loud as anything like this, but one look at this snotty private school throwback, and people will tell you to get back on the train to Charlotte Catholic.
D&G Pieced Cardigan
Feasible: Neutral colored, lightweight cardigans
Now this is something people will appreciate: nothing loud, nothing gaudy, nothing to spur images of stuffy Bostonian prep boys. Just a comfy, smooth piece. True, this piece is a little too expensive ($365 as of 1/3/10), but the price will go down as the quality remains excellent.
INFEASIBLE: Striped cardigans
Rag & Bone Striped Cardigan
Anything striped must look ironed or at the very least straightened. Lined shirts that are loose just come across as lazy or tired. So, naturally, a cardigan (the quinessential loose-fit and comfortable top type) was never meant to have bands on it. But hey, Rag & Bone knows what they’re doing, right? WRONG. Not having your buttons in the bottom half of the piece helps too, you know.
Feasible: Solid color cardigan
Generra mineral blue wool v-neck cardigan
(Brought to you by Bluefly)
Cardigans are best with either plain pastels or rich, vibrant hues. Very nice.
INFEASIBLE: Cardigans with “attitude”
(From Attitude Clothing)
Cardigans are a simple, comfortable and refined clothing. Cardigans, like the one above, with red and black stripes shit on this notion. Unless you’re going to a punk concert or looking for a new way to lash out against your ascot-wearing parents, don’t even think about buying something like this.
Feasible: Cashmere cardigans
(Brought you by Nordstrom’s)
Soft, stylish, and a color that complements any t-shirts you could think to wear under it, this is one of the best cashmere cardigans I’ve come across. Bravo Theory.