Shawl Neck Cardigan

The classic Shawl neck cardigan is one of my most favorite pieces of knitwear, it was a favorite of Steve McQueen the king of cool, a Shawl neck cardigan gets its name from its collar design, which is a collar rolled back in a continuous and tapering line along the surplice neckline of the cardigan, they normally come in a chunky knit, its been worn by film stars & fashion leaders for years, it comes into its own  during the winter months, I own five shawl cardigans in vibrant stylish colours, the key to wearing a stylish shawl neck cardigan is layering also they are very practical.


This classic Shawl neck cardigan has leather buttons

There are so many different styles & colours to choose from, so if I was you first go for a plain one, choose a neutral colour such as Navy, Red, Deep Purple, go chunky chunkier the better, cable knits are a great choice for style, the fit should be snug on your shoulders, sleeves end at your wrist and slim through the sides, there’s nothing this piece can’t do, the shawl neck cardigan is a rugged piece so it gives the wearer a masculine look.

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This is my favorite picture of Steve McQueen here he wears a classic navy shawl neck cardigan with chinos & desert boots.

The key to wearing a Shawl neck cardigan is layering it with key pieces from your wardrobe, my favorite look is wearing one with a Oxford shirt & plain chinos very preppy but stylish, take a look at these pictures I’ve chosen I have tried to find pictures that capture the style but also the practical side of this stylish piece.

shawl 1

If you want to create a stylish casual look mix your shawl neck cardigan with a crew neck T-shirt & indigo jeans, in this picture the mans wearing a black cable knit shawl neck cardigan with a toggle fastening, which gives great definition to the outfit.

shawl 2

Leave the jacket at home, a shawl neck cardigan is not just stylish but it’s also very practical, invest into a 100 % wool piece, as wool will keep you warm & cool, but it will give you a rugged masculine look.


Hitting the beach then wearing a cream or beige shawl neck cardigan will give you a nautical sartorial relaxed chic look just don`t for get the shades.

I hope I have given you some ideas, trust me getting a shawl neck cardigan wont just change your winter wardrobe it will also give you a stylish look during the winter months.


Bob Redfern


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