The Thursday Buy: Upgrade Your Holiday Sweater Game with this Classic Grayers Cardigan

Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan

A classic shawl cardigan to rock all winter long.

Lately, we’ve been talking quite a bit on the blog about the best sweaters for men, the sort of critical layer you practically need by the closetful these days. With a casual and laidback holiday approaching quickly, let me be sure to add another rugged and classic winter sweater to your rotation: The Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan could become a new seasonal go-to. It’s the subject of today’s Thursday Buy for good reason, seeing as it blends all the hallmarks of Grayers (classic silhouettes, modern cuts and great fabric) into one easy-to-wear sweater. Heck, it’s one of the best men’s cardigans if you want timeless style to wear at home or on the road. And if your holiday plans are much more scaled-back and casual, you can easily rock this cool cardigan in a small gathering or on a Zoom hangout without missing a beat.

SHOP: The Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan 

Just one way to wear this standout casual cardigan for top-notch winter style.

The great thing about the Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan is that it’s the type of sweater that works any day of the week, holiday weekend mornings included, and it does so with durability and style in mind. Your new favorite cardigan is made from a warm and hefty 17oz. French terry cotton fabric, akin to your trusted hooded sweatshirt yet with that much more polish. The upgraded silhouette means you can wear this atop a crisp white Oxford shirt alongside tan chinos day in and day out, yet you can also rock the Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan atop a graphic T-shirt or henley with your favorite pair of faded blue jeans. To me, that sounds like an ideal uniform for a day of relaxing on the couch, college football on TV and beer in hand. How about that, ehh? Get yourself a cardigan that can do all of that — and much more. Get yourself (or someone you love!) the Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan this year.

SHOP: The Grayers Birch Shawl Cardigan 

#OOTD: How to Layer A Cardigan for Men This Winter

Folks, let’s get one thing straight. If it’s a cold and blustery winter day, then you need one of the best men’s sweaters — to say the very least. That’s what today’s #OOTD will cover, diving into what exactly makes the Buck Mason Shawl Cardigan seen below so essential these days. It’s a premium upgrade to a classic silhouette, one that’ll provide a ton of warmth and plenty of style points for the months and weeks to come (even if the time ahead finds you hanging at home, bourbon in hand). You might say that “the gang’s all here” when it comes to time to dig into how to wear a cardigan for guys this winter, so the supporting cast shown here also includes plenty of other winter style essentials. To wit: We’ve got one of the best men’s flannel shirts up for the taking, plus a pair of Western Rise pants for maximum versatility and dependability in winter weather. As you’ll soon see, the Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket gets the job done in stormy winter weather, while a pair of the most stylish men’s boots provides functionality and traction on slick winter streets and sidewalks. Complement it all with one of the coolest everyday carry essentials around, and you’ve got the makings of a mighty fine winter #OOTD. Check it all out below, then follow me on Instagram to see how I’m dressing this winter.

A mix of rugged and refined essentials to pair with your new favorite cardigan.

  • The Cardigan: Buck Mason Vintage Cashmere Shawl Cardigan, $225 — The perfect #OOTD starts with one of the best men’s sweaters, like this rugged and warm Buck Mason cardigan.
  • The Shirt: Gitman Vintage Country Plaid Shirt, $220 — Invest in one of the best men’s flannel shirts for winter in a handsome plaid pattern to stand out the right way this season.
  • The Jacket: Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket, $325 — You’re going to need a rugged and warm jacket for chilly winter weather, and the iconic Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket should certainly suffice.
  • The Pants: Western Rise Evolution Pants, $149 — Add both versatility and style to your winter rotation with these durable, easy-to-wear Western Rise pants with plenty of stretch.
  • The Boots: Taylor Stitch Moto Boots in Weatherproof Snuff Suede, $348 — Step out in style functional style with some of the toughest and most stylish men’s boots on the market, courtesy of Taylor Stitch.
  • The Socks: American Trench Boot Socks in Wool and Silk, $29.50 — Some of the  most stylish men’s boots around deserve some of the best boot socks for men, do they not? Indeed.
  • The Watch: Shinola Runwell Watch, $550 — This newly iconic watch is the stuff of legend, made to be worn as often as you can (including in this #OOTD).
  • The Everyday Carry: Boarding Pass NYC Flight Brief, $175 — Get this handsome flight brief for daily use, and better still, use the code BEAUKNOWS to knock $10 off your purchase. Consider it one of the best EDC essentials around.

While this #OOTD is packed with the best gear around, it all really starts with one of the best men’s cardigans, worn in an essential manner with plenty of other winter style picks for maximum warmth. The Buck Mason cardigan shown above brings a nice mix of rugged and refined style to your daily dressing rotation, especially when worn with, for example, one of the best men’s flannel shirts. Throw in some Western Rise pants to help you get around on the go easily and in style, and ditch the cardigan if it gets too hot indoors. Of course, the ever-reliable Filson Mackinaw Wool Cruiser Jacket is here to help you layer up in the worst conditions imaginable, while a pair of the toughest and most stylish men’s boots is up for grabs to help you stay on your feet on slippery streets. To ensure you stay comfortable on your feet, some of the best boot socks for men are a critical accessory. It’s all pulled together by the simply incredible and classic Shinola Runwell Watch, a perfect balance of dressy and rugged in its own right. Last but not least, pick up the Boarding Pass NYC Flight Brief at a discount using the code BEAUKNOWS, and get ready to get out there in style this season. Happy shopping and thanks for reading!

Style Pick of the Week: Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck Sweater

Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck 2

A classic and cool sweater made from top-notch materials.

On the hunt for one of the best sweaters for men this holiday season (and beyond)? If you ask me, I think your search just got a little less comlicated, because the Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck Sweater is here to solve your winter layering problems in effective, refined and surprisingly affordable style. We’re talking about one of the best sweaters under $100 for men here (it clocks in at $98), and it’s super helpful that said sweater is sold by Huckberry. That gives it a mark of quality and a high bar to clear, but again, the Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck Sweater is one-of-a-kind in its own right, from the premium fabric to the no-fuss crewneck design. The crewneck design, in fact, means you can wear this refined sweater on its own atop a long-sleeve T-shirt for a more laidback look, and yet it might be at its best with a classic Oxford shirt or a warm flannel shirt for added warmth and holiday-ready style. Yes indeed, a piece like the Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck Sweater is subtly stylish and yet seriously cool in its own way, and that makes it a highly covetable winter wardrobe addition.

SHOP: The Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck Sweater 

One of three versatile colorways in which you can snag your new favorite sweater.

As mentioned above, it helps that this versatile sweater comes in three highly adaptable colors, each of which could be the building block of a successful holiday ensemble. Team the Charcoal color with everything from tan chinos and an Oxford shirt to dark blue denim, brown leather chukka boots and a light blue chambray shirt underneath. Either of those looks should work swimmingly this holiday season. It’s also quite helpful that the Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck Sweater is made with, well, merino fabric for the ultimate in versatility. Merino regulates your temperature and acts as an anti-microbial fabric, all the better to ensure you get multiple rounds of wear out of this standout sweater. Again, you can’t top the sub-$100 price tag, either. And if I were you, I just might look to snag multiple colorways of what just might be your new favorite sweater. Who’s onboard with that? If you end up picking up this piece, let me know on Twitter. 

SHOP: The Wills Speckled Merino Crewneck Sweater 

The Thursday Buy: This Kingsman Cardigan From MR. PORTER Is the Best Sweater To Buy This Year

Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Sweater

One of the coolest cardigans on the planet, no questions asked.

Here we are, on Thanksgiving itself and on the eve of Black Friday (enjoy both days safely, folks!), and it’s with classic holiday style in mind I’m recommending you invest in the very best with the Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan. It’s easily one of the best sweaters for men right now, and in the years to come (seriously). Inspired by the exceptional stylings of the “Kingsman” film series (and so named for Colin Firth’s character, superspy Harry Hart), it’s worth picking up all on its own right now, too. It’s available at MR. PORTER, and if you’ve been known to browse the brand rather than pull the trigger, now might be the perfect time to pick up your new favorite sweater. It’s an incredibly well-made and refined cardigan, the kind that will bring you plenty of compliments … and will more than likely make those around you supremely jealous. Available in ever-versatile Navy or Cream colorways right now, it’s a prized pick-up you’ll find yourself reaching for every single day.

I’m serious: It’s an investment-level sweater (it retails for $1,060 at MR. PORTER — yep!), but it’s truly one of the best cardigans for men, period. It’s the kind of sweater that’s going to look incredible no matter what you wear it with, but it’s probably best suited to, say, a white Oxford shirt and tan chinos for classic, timeless holiday style. If that sounds like the perfect ensemble to wear this winter, then the Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan is a must-buy today.

SHOP: The Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan

Soft cashmere fabric and football leather buttons separate this sweater from the pack.

It’s absolutely the details that make the difference when it comes to investing in one of the best men’s cardigans out there, and as you can see above, the Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan does a fantastic job at going above and beyond. The cashmere should be soft and easy to layer, while the brown leather buttons add another touch of refinement. Simply put, the Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan is going to look absolutely exceptional with nearly anything , as previously mentioned (yes, even a crisp white T-shirt and expertly faded jeans). The next time you want to invest in a sweater you’ll have for years, go right ahead and pick up the Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan — you certainly won’t regret it.

SHOP: The Kingsman Harry Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan

 

See Now, Buy Now: This Everlane Cardigan is the Perfect Sweater for Fall and Winter

Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan

Everlane always delivers the goods when it comes to transparent, stylish menswear (and women’s wear!).

My friends, I’ll come right out and say it now: The Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan is the best men’s sweater for under $100 (or at least one of them), and now that we’ve officially hit November in earnest, I’d say that means it belongs in your wardrobe ASAP. It’s a subtly stylish and classic cardigan on the surface, one that packs in plenty of functionality and form for an agreeable price tag. As you know from reading the blog over the years (going back to 2015!), Everlane does things the right way, updating consumers on where its products are made and how they’re made, often focusing on sustainable materials like merino. Merino is a fabric that’s made from merino sheep wool, resulting in a warm and soft hand feel, and that makes it great when done up in a sweater, especially something as cool and classic as the Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan.

SHOP: The Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan 

A classic silhouette that wears well with plenty of style staples for fall and winter.

And here’s the real kicker: With the holiday season quickly approaching — even if it looks different this year than in years past — the Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan is going to prove a versatile seasonal workhorse, wearable with everything from your favorite chambray shirt and dark blue denim to a crisp white Oxford shirt and tan chinos. It works for Zoom calls, distanced days in the office and naturally, some fun on fall and winter weekends. The Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan offers up that crucial blend of affordability and style points that’s so tough to find these days, and that makes it a worthy addition to your seasonal wardrobe — right? 100 percent correct.

SHOP: The Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan 

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See Now, Buy Now: Mott and Bow Now Makes Your New Favorite Sweatshirt

A well-made, casual and seriously cool sweatshirt from Mott and Bow.

If  you visit the digital pages of this blog often enough, you’ll find that we’re big fans of NYC-based denim purveyors Mott and Bow. They’re the focus once again of today’s See Now, Buy Now series, and they specialize in making a range of affordable men’s denim in quality fits, fabrics and washes, all with an emphasis on direct-to-consumer efficiency. And if you really, really dive deep into the blog, you’ll know that the brand does more than just make your favorite pair of jeans. In fact, as of this year, Mott and Bow is now making your new favorite sweatshirt (as the headline implies). The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck is, most importantly, versatile yet casual, not to mention extremely stylish and well-made — how’s that for a triple whammy? Not bad, right? Like all Mott and Bow gear, the difference is evident right from the start, and in this case, that means the right fabric sets this stylish sweatshirt apart from the pack.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck

One of the versatile colors in which you can get this crucial sweatshirt.

It’s pretty great that a brand that makes some of the coolest men’s jeans continues to branch out into complementary, stylish pieces that work very well with the slim denim on tap from them — I’m a fan after testing in recent weeks and months. Available in colors like Charcoal Heather, Heather Gray and the Navy option seen above, this rugged-yet-classic crewneck sweatshirt should  pair well with everything from slim dark blue denim (from Mott and Bow, of course) and a classic Oxford shirt to tan chinos & white high-top sneakers for a bit of early, early spring transitional style. It helps that the crewneck sweatshirt has transcended its humble athletic roots to become a go-to everyday style move — I’d also suggest you layer it underneath a denim jacket with olive chinos and your favorite pair of chukka boots for easygoing weekend (or casual office!) style. The point is this: The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck is more than just your average crewneck, and you should expect nothing less from a brand that continues to innovate on all fronts.

SHOP: The Mott and Bow Hooper French Terry Crewneck

 

Style Pick of the Week: Wellen Headlands Sweater

A dependable winter sweater to wear any time the chill gets the best of you.

Perhaps right off the bat, you recognize today’s Style Pick of the Week — after all, we’ve featured this rugged winter sweater in my guide to dressing for a chilly morning, as well as my roundup of the best new menswear for 2020. With that being said, let’s dig right back into exactly why you’re going to love the Wellen Headlands Sweater (courtesy of Huckberry) for the rest of this season.  So, why exactly do you need this classic winter sweater right now? Well, for starters, it’s (likely) cold as heck out there right now — one of the best winter sweaters is simply a must. This isn’t your garden-variety winter sweater, however: It’s got all the necessary chops you’d expect from one of Huckberry’s two in-house brands (you’ve probably read about the Wellen Slub Flannel previously on the site, for instance). Naturally, the Wellen Headlands Sweater has all the trappings of a rugged winter sweater you’re going to enjoy wearing, from the waffle knit construction to the use of recycled polyester and wool. Sustainability is more important in the style world these days than ever, and Wellen makes every effort to amp up its work from the norm — a typically flimsy fast-fashion sweater, this is not.

SHOP: The Wellen Headlands Sweater

One of two excellent color options available.

Plus, with the Wellen Headlands Sweater, you get the ability to layer up your favorite winter style essentials right alongside this beautiful piece of knitwear. Want to wear a rugged flannel shirt underneath this sweater on a particularly chilly winter day? Go for it. Feel like throwing on the Wellen Headlands Sweater atop a casual long-sleeve tee? It’ll work for that, too.  The texture of the waffle-knit construction makes it a worthwhile complement to tougher, more textured winter menswear, too — take your favorite chore pants or a pair of inky blue dark denim, for instance. This  classic winter sweater  is going to stand out reliably (but not too much!) when worn with either of those pieces. As to where exactly you can take the Wellen Headlands Sweater? Well, that’s up to you — team it with a timeless Oxford shirt and that same pair of inky blue dark denim to wear to a casual office, or take that same combo mixed with rugged leather chukka boots for a weekend coffee date. And if you really want to layer up on a chilly winter morning? The Wellen Headlands Sweater is going to be your best bet underneath, say, the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket. Talk about making your favorite winter style essentials work for you, ehh? It doesn’t get any better than that.

SHOP: The Wellen Headlands Sweater

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Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater

The best winter sweater you didn’t know you needed, courtesy of Taylor Stitch.

Alright, folks. We’re back at it during today’s Style Pick of the Week with yet another essential men’s sweater from, yes, Taylor Stitch. That makes it the second time this month we’ve featured one of your favorite menswear brands in this series, but with good reason (exceptionally good reason, at that). You see, we’re talking today about one of the best men’s sweaters for winter, the truly excellent, perfectly rugged Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater. It’s the best sweater for a winter weekend, it can be worn to the office in a pinch, and it’s got that unique Taylor Stitch guarantee of quality and timeless style. Yes, it’s got plenty going for it. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater, shall we? For starters, this rugged winter sweater takes inspiration from the thick, hard-wearing knits typically worn on the water — it’s a tough fisherman sweater that’s going to be worth the investment ($228 via the Taylor Stitch Web site), but it’s not going to break the bank. And for that investment, you’re getting all the quality the TS brand can muster — which happens to be quite a lot.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater

The difference is in the details, and Taylor Stitch surely gets it right.


The tough Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater features  a wool-nylon-polyester blend for warmth and yet ease of movement and comfort. This isn’t your typical scratchy wool sweater, and that’s a very good thing, indeed. This Taylor Stitch sweater  features the customary chunky waffle knit that makes it perfect when you’re searching for what to wear on a cold winter morning — roll out of bed, throw on the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater atop your favorite henley, and then get that coffee brewing. As the brand so wisely calls out, melange yarns make this classic men’s sweater stand out from the pack even more — this is an heirloom-quality sweater made with plenty of care and attention to detail. Taylor Stitch knows that these pieces work well on their own or layered up, so try this Taylor Stitch sweater with everything from a classic chambray shirt and faded blue jeans to slim tan chinos, leather boots and a white Oxford shirt. Heck, wear the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater all on its own beneath a waxed trucker jacket and alongside your favorite work pants — it’s as suited a layer for winter yard work as it is for sipping on a Saturday night Old Fashioned. Helpfully, the Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater is available in a rich Natural Waffle fabric (my personal favorite), or a seriously winter-ready  Maroon Waffle. The choice is yours, but either way, you’re getting one of the best men’s sweaters on the market. Layer accordingly.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Fisherman Sweater

Style Pick of the Week: Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan

The cozy, refined sweater you’ll wear all winter.

For mornings when it’s too cold to do anything but put on a pot of coffee and stoke the fire, for days when you need to look sharp yet stay warm, and for nearly every day in between (holiday weekends and parties included!), you need one of the best men’s cardigans. That’s a high bar to clear, to be sure, but the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan admirably ticks all the right boxes when it comes to your search for one of the best men’s sweaters. And again, that’s what makes it an admirable Style Pick of the Week for Thanksgiving weekend and well beyond. The Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan is both rugged and yet refined, the kind of shawl cardigan James Bond himself might have worn in “Quantum of Solace” — and yet at a much more agreeable price than the cardigan worn by Daniel Craig. That being said, this classic shawl cardigan is quite the investment ($245 as sold by Huckberry), and yet I’m confident it’ll pay plenty of dividends in matters of style and comfort — to say the very least. How can just one sweater bring so much to the table (and your closet)? I’m glad you asked.

SHOP: The Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan

Rugged, versatile, wildly easy to layer … a true keeper in every sense of the word!

Cashmere itself is an extremely luxurious and soft fabric, in this case taken from goats in Mongolia — talk about exotic origins for such a classically rugged silhouette, right? And the finished product here is one-of-a-kind, as at home layered over a crisp white Oxford shirt as with your favorite thermal henley — yes, the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan really can do it all. It’ll also wear readily with fall and winter style favorites (think burgundy cords or tan moleskin pants), and it can pair up with other tried-and-true style staples (enter your favorite pair of faded blue denim). Heck, wear it to your holiday party with slim charcoal chinos and a light blue dress shirt in place of your traditional blazer (just add stylish leather chukka boots). Think of this as a luxurious sweater that can really be lived in, from weekends at home to trips to your cabin to days at the office — and the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan is practically a natural fit when searching for a sweater to throw on during an icy winter morning, too. Are those considerations important? Well, when you’re dropping nearly $250 on a cardigan, every detail should be thought out — luckily, the Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan does the thinking for you here. No stress, all  style. Well-done, Wills. Happy shopping!

SHOP: The Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan

Style Pick of the Week: Mott & Bow Liam Cotton Crew Sweater

The crisp, casual, classic sweater from your favorite denim maker.

You assuredly know Mott & Bow — a longtime favorite of the blog — for the brand’s stylish men’s denim in a range of fits and washes. But, did you know they’re now making one of the best men’s sweaters your money can buy? Yes, that’s right — I went there. Bear with me. The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater is a perfectly minimal, perfectly made casual spring sweater for your daily grind and your relaxing weekend pursuits in equal measure. And as luck would have it, it’s practically made to complement any Mott & Bow denim you already own (if you read the blog, I’d hope you have at least a pair or two!).

In the same way that Mott & Bow uses premium Italian cotton and quality construction to makes its denim, they’ve applied the same principles to the Mott & Bow Liam Sweater. In this case, that means it’s made with a unique blend of Supima cotton and wool — that gives it some stretch and breathability, along with the opportunity to use it as a top layer over a classic chambray shirt or a white Oxford shirt. Better yet, feel free to throw it on casually over a Mott & Bow T-shirt for easygoing comfort.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater 

A classic, casual sweater from the makers of your favorite denim.

The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater toes the right balance between casual and polished — sportswear-inspired stitching at the collar helps this sweater pop a little bit, so you should take it for a spin at the office (again with that classic white Oxford, some slim tan chinos & maybe, just maybe, some brown leather brogues). See? Mott & Bow makes it truly easy to look great. It helps that the Mott & Bow Liam Sweater comes in sharp, neutral, totally wearable colors from Slate Gray (your author’s personal favorite) to Sand. Any shade would work quite well with inky blue  Mott & Bow denim or an expertly faded pair of M&B light wash jeans, too. And from trying out this sweater over these past few weeks, I can confidently say you can rock it all on its own during a spring evening, or else layer it up under your new favorite trucker jacket for a blend of edgy and casual style. The point is, the Mott & Bow Liam Sweater is no fuss and no frills — it’s just a subtly stylish, well-made, perfectly executed sweater. Potentially the perfect sweater for spring and summer? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

SHOP: The Mott & Bow Liam Sweater