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What Should I Buy With My Christmas Dough?

I got a couple of Christmas gift cards from decent stores. I figure it’s a sign that I should stop dressing like I’m still in high school. If I am going to spend on quality and buy one thing to start with, what should I be looking at? 


One word: Cardigan. If you want to get maximum utility out of a quality piece of attire, that is the place to start. A good cardigan works with a shirt and tie, a shirt with an open collar, with a jacket, on its own, with slacks or trousers or jeans. Make the right choice and you walk away with an item that will do you triple or even quadruple duty for years to come. The trick, therefore, is making the right choice. If you are just venturing out here are some tips to get the most bang for your cardigan buck.

Stick with a solid colour to start. Something in a dark grey or deep brown is probably going to work with almost everything you own. Get something as thin as possible – look for cashmere, merino wool, or a silk-cashmere blend – because this is for style and not warmth. You want to be able to wear this at any time and not notice any extra bulk or thickness.

When you find something thin and in the right colour, your only other quandary is buttons. Large buttons or buttons that contrast with the fabric are more striking, but definitely give you a more casual look. You might not want to wear that to the office or over a tie. Small matching buttons aren’t as flashy but they finish with a more formal look, and still work well in a casual situation. As with most things in life this is a trade-off, so with the option that you think is going to work best for you.


I Want To Pair A Cardigan With A Suit Jacket

Any rules or suggestions for wearing a cardigan under a suit jacket? I like the look but am not sure I can pull it off.

– D.C.

Of course you can pull it off – this is one of those looks that works for almost everyone, regardless of height or shape or any of those other things that we get pissed off about when we see the Canali ads in the new issue of Esquire.  All you have to do is make sure you put the “pop” in the cardigan and not the jacket.  The jacket is the frame, and it should simply draw the eye to the real show, which is the sweater.  Stick with a nice middle grey or subtle blue jacket or blazer– ixnay on the giant or textured lapels – and then wow ‘em with a big hit of red with the sweater.   Then stand up straight and walk into the room like you own the place, because you already look like you do.

And remember.  Never ever wear a wide tie.  Period.

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