Thinking About Fall: Belted Shawl Cardigan

October 6th, 2013

It’s officially Fall; knitwear season.

I wanted to highlight one of my favorite under-utilized sweater styles: the belted shawl cardigan.

So here we pulled together three of my favorites from past posts, in hopes that it might inspire you to look for one this season.

1. Wool/Alpaca/Suede “Tweed” with Patch Pockets

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From post: “A Natural Palette: Autumn Colors“.

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I’ve had this sweater for years. One of the prizes for winning the Esquire “Best Dressed Real Man” contest in 2009 was a $5K gift card to the Ralph Lauren Mansion on the Upper East side.

Rather than stocking up on basics like chinos, polos and v-neck sweaters, my strategy was to buy “lifetime” pieces…things that I could never afford to buy otherwise. For example, this sweater was $400 (on sale from $1,100). After four years of wear it’s still in remarkable condition and one of my favorite pieces.

Knitwear is one of those categories where you really get what you pay for. It’s hard to fake a luxury sweater, especially after years of wear and tear.

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2. Burnt Orange Vintage Ribbed Lambswool

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From post: “Spring Essential: The Lightweight Trench

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A belted cardigan can be worn as outerwear (1 & 3) or as a layer under a jacket, like this lightweight trench.

I found this sweater in the back of a dodgy vintage shop in NYC.  After having it cleaned it turned out to be a little too small, so we ended up selling it in the TSB Vintage Shop.

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3. Menswear Design Final

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I designed this sweater as part of my graduate collection (2 full looks) for the Menswear Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

Admittedly, I didn’t knit the sweater myself (knitting was not part of the degree) but worked closely with the knitter to develop the pattern and knit style. I did, however, hand-tailor the quilted flannel waistcoat and pleated trousers that I went underneath the sweater in the museum presentation for our program’s top designers.

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This double-faced knit is an absolute beast, weighing in at almost 10 pounds.

The chunkier the better!

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On a side-note, double monks get all the attention but sometimes single monks are more elegant.

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Thanks, as always, for reading. Some great new content coming up!

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Yours in style,

TSBmen

 

Photography by Alex Crawford

Check out more of his work at alexcrawfordphotography.com.

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  • Giancarlino

    Hi everyone,

    I am really not able to find any belted cardigan online!
    Can you pls suggest any website?

    Thank you!

    • John

      Club Monaco!

  • http://wacavenue.blogspot.com Theguybehindthelens

    The textures of those sweaters are just perfect. I really dig belted garments like these. #bathrobechic indeed

  • Abby Vaidyanathan

    Check out this belted shawl from Steve Alan that I would totally buy if I had the money- http://www.stevenalan.com/LUKE-WRAP-SWEATER/848785077370,default,pd.html#cgid=mens-clothing-sweaters-and-hoodies&start=0&hitcount=52

    Finding an affordable belted shawl cardigan seems pretty tough other than going the vintage route. We’ll see if I can find anything in the 200 buck range

  • LouCaves

    I wished I still had (or wished they still fit) the belted shawls from way back when!!!!

    As a young buck we called them the “Starsky & Hutch” sweaters. Look it up and try to tell me those are not sweet!

    I had two of them. :)

    Thanks, TSB.

  • James Henry

    Dan,

    As per usual an exceptionally inspiring article and well presented aesthetics not only in personal style, but in LIFEstyle.

    I am more intrigued and inspired with the last inspired knit piece. I can remember the post from maybe a year if not longer ago. Never knew you designed that piece. All the more reason to praise your artistry. Well notable piece. Kudos on all your success. I do hope all is progressively well on the west coast.

    Best regards,

    -james.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thank you for the kind words James, and for your continued support!

      Things on the West coast are moving along even faster than expected. We’ll have some exciting announcements to make (hopefully) before the end of the year….Please stay tuned.

      All the best,
      Dan

  • cam

    dan if you ever decide to part with that “lifetime piece” from RL, please hit me up before you put it in the online shop

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Hah will do, although that defeats the purpose of calling it a lifetime piece

  • Colin

    Great post. Classic piece. I’d like some clarification though…
    What else did you buy with that gift card, man?! First look’s cardigan was a winner.

    • Josh

      I think we need to see a post featuring what has still made the cut from the 5k shopping spree. what has endured the test of (a short) time.

      • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ #WeNeedAnswers

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      I bought this plaid peacoat and these suede loafers.

      The remainder was used for gifts :)

      • George

        Damn those loafers are fresh as hell! Btw, I’ve been meaning to ask, any affordable, but high quality shoes? I don’t have money to pay $500+ per pair :(

      • Colin

        With those three items I’d think you could part with the rest regret-free!

  • Jeremy Whitechick

    Every now and again, I see a Dan Tre pic and think “wow… what a handsomely fine bastard”. The third look is that reaction.

    Also, *golfclap* for the casually mentioned hand-tailoring of fine garments. Gentleman.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      hahaha thanks, I guess.

  • Matt H.

    Please proofread this. The spelling mistakes are killing me.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Ahhh..I’ll take a look when I get back to my computer tonight…we’re out surfing in Malibu for the day!

      For now please excuse.

      Thx for reading!

  • Jim A

    While I do enjoy a shawl cardigan (and with dropping temperatures they’ll be showing up more), I still can’t get behind the belt. Reminds me a bit too much of a bathrobe.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      That’s what I like about it. #bathrobechic

    • Brent Kuz

      I second this comment. I am a huge cardigan guy. From heavier cotton and merino/alpaca/cashmere colder weather pieces to light summer cardigans of linen and Pima cotton. Trying to find a seersucker cardigan please god! I do feel the shorter belted pieces look funny and the longer ones look very bathrobey. I dig the merlot colored one.

  • dalton

    you should keep the beard off! it looks better but still another great post

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Dalton. Beard stays until Movember ;)

  • Nick

    It’s too damn hot in LA man! What’s your LA brisk evening alternative?

  • Herbert Morrison

    It’s nice to see you adjusting well to the west coast whilst still remaining true to your roots. Just out of curiosity what happened with the $$$ we kicked in couple months back? Don’t get it twisted I’m not complaining, so long as there’s fresh content I’m cris.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Hey Herbert!

      Good timing, the ties and pocket squares are almost back from their respective manufacturers. You’ll be hearing from us soon!

      We also have some updates about the Style Guide project, which we’ll be sharing as soon as we are legally allowed.

      Thanks again!

      Cheers,
      Dan

  • Ben

    I actually just picked up one of these from the Club Monaco where work and I love it. Quick advice question however; how do you tie the belt. Every way that I have tried so far looks incredibly inelegant. Was wondering if anyone had any tips.