Conquering the Cardigan: How to Get This Men’s Fall Favorite 9-to-5 Ready

When heading to the office, reaching for a blazer is a knee-jerk reaction for most men. But you know that super-soft cardigan you love? It’s also a perfectly acceptable 9-to-5 option. Check out how, with the right finishing touches, you can achieve a polished and professional look with your favorite comfy sweater.

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Wear it over a button-front. You just can’t go wrong with the clean lines that come with a freshly ironed, collared shirt. And while a classic white style is always a hit, try a checked shirt under a striped cardigan for a bold, but still clean, look.

Add a tie for big meeting days. And feel free to get a little crazy with it. We’re not talking piano keys and holiday-themed neck candy, but more like a bright paisley or contrasting floral. It’s okay to pick a pattern that conflicts with your shirt, too – just make sure to stay in the same color family.

Pair it with a polished shoe. This is important. Wear your cardigan with khakis and a casual walking shoe, and your business cred goes out the window. Instead, try slacks with black leather lace-up oxfords or cognac wing tips.

Our Elie Tahari Men Boutique opens Thursday, September 5, at 11AM ET.

By Alex Tighe, Staff Writer

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September 5, 2013