Discover outstanding options for warm, stylish shawl neck cardigans and nostalgic sweaters for men from innovative, direct-to-consumer menswear brands.
In search of stylish-yet-cozy sweaters for men
Google is great for so many things, but when I type in “v-neck cashmere sweater,” “shawl collar sweater for men” or “where to find men’s cardigans,” I get the same clusters of results from organic search and paid ads from well-known brands.
I’m well aware that brands like Banana Republic, The Gap and Kohls make shawl collar cardigans for men, and that Macy’s has a standing Black Friday sale on v-neck sweaters.
But there are tons of other innovative, independent and/or family-owned businesses out there who offer cozy, nostalgic and/or stylish sweater options as well.
Where to find cozy sweaters for men
The companies below are proving that cozy v-neck sweaters, cardigans and shawl collars aren’t just for older gentlemen. They are excellent examples of menswear e-commerce brands who are making cozy sweaters essential wardrobe staples for stylish young dads and nostalgic-minded Millennials, digital natives and Zoomers.
One note: Seasons change and inventory comes and goes, so I 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 I turn when I’m cold for fuzzy and warm options.
While their initial focus may have been on chinos, Bonobos has a pretty stellar selection of stylish sweaters for men. They often have v-neck pullovers, shawl collar sweaters and/or button down cardigans on offer.
If you live close to one of their guide-shops, stop in and get a feel for your size and Bonobos’ merchandise.
Mike and Alex Faherty founded their namesake brand to “create clothing for life’s great moments” outdoors around the water or the bonfire. They have become one of my favorite affordable luxury brands, and I adore my speckled-blue shawl-collar cardigan sweater that I received for Christmas.
The brand makes a signature “Legend Sweater Shirt” in addition to a a range of great cardigan and shawl neck sweaters for men, including a gorgeous marled cotton cardigan in light gray-flecked rag tone. While Faherty’s clothing is not inexpensive, you can feel good about supporting a family-owned company.
Co-Founder Alex Faherty told me in an interview that Faherty’s sweaters “make for great transitional pieces not only for going from Winter to Spring but also for going from the office to a night out with friends.”
I spent some time over the past couple of years driving through Maine, and always appreciate stopping into the L. L. Bean flagship store in Freeport.
L. L. Bean carries some great sweaters, including their Men’s Signature Shawl-Collar Cotton Fisherman Cardigan Sweater and a rag wool cardigan with patch pockets. I especially like the look of the chunky fisherman cardigan, which is a substantial sweater with fine detailing.
I adore Iowa-born entrepreneur Todd Snyder’s clothes. I just wish I could afford more of them. It’s a pleasure walking around Todd Synder’s Madison Square flagship store to see the array of high-quality formal, business, casual and comfy clothing that he stocks.
Todd Snyder regularly produces interesting sweaters for men like an alpaca brown-plaid cardigan and a thick-necked Italian cotton-linen shawl cardigan in navy. Look for pre and post holiday sales if you can. (You can often find deep discounts on Todd Synder around Black Friday.)
Family-owned brand Pendleton always seems to have a solid selection of warm, inviting sweaters on offer for men. Look for shetland half-zips, striped merino wool, rich lambswool, and Native American-inspired button-down cardigans.
The department store regularly features a number of sweaters from its house 1901 brand. (Get to know Nordstrom’s exclusive 1901 brand in the video below.)
Nordstrom also carries a range of innovative clothing brands who also make shawl collar and cardigan sweaters like Billy Reid, Brax, Brunello Cucinelli, Eleventy, FJÄLLRÄVEN, French Connection, Liverpool, Pendleton, Rodd & Gunn, RRL, Schott NYC and Tommy Bahama.
None of the brands on this list can touch Brooks Brothers in terms of longevity. The iconic menswear brand has been innovating for over 200 years, though Brooks Brothers has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 have a more modern, slimmer fit.
Designer John Moore and surfer Kelly Slater founded Outerknown in 2015 to disrupt fashion, focusing on fair labor practices and environmentally-sustainable fabrics and techniques. (Outerknown is an awesome example of a sustainable fashion brand.)
I don’t like my sweaters to fit to slim. Outerknown makes a classic fit, midweight, shawl-collar Northbeach Cardigan perfect for layering. It’s knit with a 1/2 cardigan stitch that gives it a textured look, and features nice-loking corozo nut buttons.
Their sweaters — in fact, all of their clothes — evoke a sense of nostalgia, making them an elevated alternative to a store like Urban Outfitters.
You can find a 15% discount coupon off Outerknown when you subscribe to their email list.
As Jamie’s title suggests, UpWest is focused on comfort, leading with sweaters, hoodies, loungewear and sleep essentials and promising “layers of comfort” for the fall and winter months.
UpWest carries an assortment of stylish sweaters for men, including cozy striped crewnecks, lightweight pullovers, and several good-looking button down shawl collar cardigans.
Goodthreads by Amazon
Goodthreads, Amazon’s moderately-priced house brand poised to compete with Banana Republic and J Crew, offers an affordable soft cotton shawl neck cardigan sweater for men with patch pockets that feels comfy.
I love the look of Club Monaco, which is a solid alternative to a store like J. Crew for a range of refined wardrobe staples. Their clothing may not be the cheapest, but it is possible to score on sales.
As fall and winter approach, Club Monoco often carries a nice selection of cardigans, like a sweet-looking button-down merino-racked shawl cardigan sweater, featuring an interesting horizontal stripe hugging the bottom listed at just shy of $170, that I found last season.
Designed and managed in New York, startup State Cashmere makes quality sweaters for men and women using high-quality cashmere from Mongolia. Check out their Button Front Long Sleeve Cashmere Cardigan Sweater (via Amazon) in baby blue.
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, Schott NYC keeps its entrepreneurial streak alive and continues to produce most of its clothing in the United States.
Schott has a ton of interesting and nostalgic sweaters for men and women. I particularly like Schott’s shawl-collar pullovers with a toggle closure, which is a nice touch, along with their 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 Cashmere has a nice selection of v-neck cardigan sweaters, cashmere hoodies and shawl-neck sweaters for men and women.
Naked Cashmere also sells several badass cashmere shawl collar sweaters and cardigan jackets. At $395 and up, they are not inexpensive, though you can cushion the below by saving 10% on Naked Cashmere by signing up for emails.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know 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.
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.
What is your favorite destination for men’s sweaters?
Did I miss your favorite option for stylish men’s sweaters? Let me know who else should be on this list in the comments.
About JakeJake is an expert on men’s style and fashion based in Washington, DC. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs and innovative clothing and lifestyle brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age. He has published hundreds of articles on style and apparel, and regularly interviews small business CEOs and startup founders about industry trends. Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine.
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