On cold winter days, there’s nothing better than a cozy sweater. Below are 8 outstanding options for finding shawl collar and cardigan sweaters for men from some of our favorite innovative menswear brands who are making these wardrobe staples essential not just for older gentlemen — but for stylish young dads and millennials as well.
Note: Seasons change and inventory comes and goes, so we can’t promise that all of these menswear retailers will stock the perfect pullover shawl neck sweater or marled cable ribbed zip cardigan at any particular time, but the below brands are where we turn when we’re cold.
I recently discovered Territory Ahead, which emphasizes cozy-yet-stylish wardrobe staples for men with a heavy focus on sweaters. I bought their Ribbed Ragg Wool Zip Cardigan in a natural-colored wool, and have been wearing the heck out of it around the house. It cost $99 and it’s awesome. Territory Ahead was founded in 1988 and is owned by DAI Holding LLC, which is also the parent of brands including metrostyle and Chasing Fireflies. The company has been creating and selling “Exceptional Clothing for Life’s Adventures” in small batches since the late 1980s focused on outdoor adventure and quality.
Mike and Alex Faherty founded their namesake brand to “create clothing for life’s great moments” outdoors around the water or the bonfire. The brand makes a signature flannel shirt in addition to a a range of great cardigan and shawl neck sweaters, including a gorgeous marled cotton cardigan in light gray-flecked rag (pictured below) that, as of this writing, was on sale for $245, down from $290.
Photo credit: Faherty Brand.
Schott’s story of entrepreneurship dates back to 1913 when brothers Irving and Jack Schott– sons of a Russian immigrant — began producing rain jackets in a basement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Today the company keeps its entrepreneurial streak alive and continues to produce most of its clothing in the United States. Schott has a ton of interesting and affordable sweaters, and carries shawl-collar pullovers — some with a toggle closure, which is a nice touch — and button-down cardigans as well as sweater jackets.
Repeat Cashmere can’t date its roots quite as far back as Schott, but its parent company was founded in 1978 in Europe. The company moved into brick-and-mortar retail in 2008, opening flagships in Amsterdam and Bern. Today — thanks in part to e-commerce — the brand is global. Repeat has a nice selection of v-neck cardigan sweaters and shawl-neck sweaters.
Then again, none of these brands can touch Brooks Brothers in terms of longevity. The iconic menswear brand has been innovating for over 200 years. Brooks Brothers regularly produces seasonal shawl collar and cardigan sweaters, including interesting offerings like a Donegal Shawl-Collar Sweater yarn-spun in Italy. Some of their recent sweaters are from their “youthful” Red Fleece Collection, which has a more modern, slimmer fit.
Amazon has been steadily expanding its own line of menswear brands. (See our guide to Amazon Prime fashion brands for men for more.) Goodthreads, Amazon’s moderately-priced house brand poised to compete with Banana Republic and J Crew, offers a soft cotton shawl neck cardigan sweater for men that looks comfy. Amazon also offers a range of other options for shawl collar and cardigan sweaters for men from a multitude of other brands.
Menswear startup Bonobos is one of our favorite men’s clothing brands to recommend. While their initial focus may have been on chinos, they do pretty well with sweaters too, and often have a shawl collar and/or button down cardigan sweaters on offer. If you live close to one of their guide-shops, stop in and get a feel for your size and Bonobos’ merchandise.
Lordy do we love the look of Club Monaco. If only we could afford more of their clothes. Their lines may not be the cheapest, but it is possible to score on sales. As of this writing, their website sports a sweet-looking button-down merino-racked shawl cardigan sweater featuring an interesting horizontal stripe hugging the bottom listed at just shy of $170.
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