The Art of the Cardigan

With its versatility and ability to suit any occasion, a classic, button-down cardigan should be a staple of every man’s wardrobe. Not only does it add function to any closet and keep you warm during cooler seasons, but it can upgrade and add personal style to any outfit. Whether you’re seeking a relaxed weekend outfit or are looking to take your office attire to the next level, a classic cardigan is the perfect piece to add panache to any look. For those who fear that they can’t rock this timeless staples without looking dated, here are some of our favorite fresh and modern ways to rock the classic cardigan: 

The Art of the Cardigan: Romeo Merino V-Cardigan

The Perfect Fit: 

First and foremost, it’s imperative to find the right fit for the look you want to achieve. A looser style creates a more relaxed and casual appearance, perfect for a weekend jaunt, while a more fitted cardigan works amps up a three-piece suit or a pair of tailored slacks and a button-down shirt. We recommend having both options available so you can always dress up or down your look. For the most versatile option, opt for cardigans made of 100% merino wool. With natural temperature-regulating properties, these pieces can be comfortably worn year-round.  

Street Style: 

With a streamlined, simple design, cardigans scream versatility and can be styled in numerous ways. The best aspect of the cardigan is it can make you look relaxed, casual, and still polished on the weekends. And with a wide array of colors (from toned-down neutrals to bold, bright colors), you can choose a cardigan that best fits your own personal style and complements your existing wardrobe. Pair your color of choice with a graphic tee, a pair of sneakers, and your favorite jeans for a cutting-edge street look. If you want something slightly more refined, opt for chinos and a solid colored, slim-fit tee.  


Perfect for smart-casual occasions, such as a day in the office, a business lunch, or a cocktail party, a fitted cardigan pairs beautifully over a button-up shirt, trousers, and your favorite dress shoes. Always remember to mindfully pair your color combinations so the pieces complement each other rather than clash and fight for attention. Explore some of our favorite color combinations at our previous blog post here 

Suit Up: 

Soften the look of a classic suit while still maintaining its style and formality by swapping out the usual waistcoat for a cardigan. Far more comfortable and functional, a soft cardigan will keep you warmer during the winter months and will provide any suit with a more modern and cozy aesthetic. Just remember to select a fitted piece, so your suit fits perfectly and you avoid looking too bulky. 

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