Fall is in full swing, and in some parts of the country you can feel winter coming. But layering up doesn’t mean covering up your fine autumn accessories. For a look that’s equal parts cozy and chic, consider mixing handsome knits - like sweaters and sweater vests - into your cool-weather wardrobe.
Not sure how to wear a sweater vest? Or which sweaters look dashing rather than slapdash? We’ve got you covered.
Are sweater vests in style this year? Yes. In fact, 2020 has a special affinity for the time-tested sweater vest. And, we’d like to suggest that the highly versatile sweater vest is always in fashion.
Here are five dos and don’ts when mixing knits with menswear:
1. Dress Up or Down
A sweater vest or sweater instantly dresses up casual fabrics like denim and corduroy, and dresses down chinos or wool trousers. Add a blazer or sport coat - and you’re ready for almost any fall-day affair.
Sweater Vest is combined with a Red Tartan Bow Tie.
If your sweater or vest has a pocket, use it! A pocket square is an unexpected but exciting addition to a layered look.
Never tuck in your sweater or sweater vest, but always tuck in your shirttail.
Regardless of the style of your knitwear - cardigan, button-up sweater vest, v-neck or shawl collar sweater - opt for a casual or dress shoe, but never an athletic shoe. Oxfords, boots and loafers are all easy wins, especially in warm-toned leather and suede.
Pattern Mixing: Extra Credit
If mixing patterns, textures and colors is appealing, but you worry over grabbing attention for all the wrong reasons, cool weather offers the perfect chance to practice.
A solid-colored sweater or sweater vest introduces a block of color that makes mixing easy to achieve, and yields a combination that’s always easy on the eyes.
With your knitwear as your foundation, choose a shirt with a bold or subtle pattern, a bow tie or neck tie in a complementary color, and further accessorize with a funky pocket square, watch or belt.
Once you’ve gained mastery of the basics, try putting together interesting pairings without knits in the mix.
Need more cold-weather inspiration and handy how-tos? We’ve got plenty! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and tag us in your favorite #RHanauer fall and winter looks. And if you need help putting together a polished ensemble, contact us or visit our Fort Mill shop.