8 Cozy, Stylish Cardigans For Guys
The sweater for your sensitive side
men's cardigans 2021

By Taylor Davies | Last Updated: Sep 22 2021

Guys, I’m here to tell you something important about your fall and winter wardrobes, so listen up. When you want to dress up your pants-and-whatever outfit? Well, cardigans for guys are your new best friend.

A cardigan is the lazy man’s favorite sweater, and with good reason! You don’t even have to pull it over your head.

Heck, you don’t even need to button a cardigan if you don’t want to (most of them anyway).

men's cardigans 2021

And as we move into winter—it’s close, if not basically here already for a lot of us—you can pair a heavy-gauge cardigan with a light coat, and skip the heavy-duty jacket altogether.

At least for a little while longer, anyway…

Below, shop 8 #SGapproved cardigans for guys:

1. Banana Republic, $129

SG Says: A sturdy shawl collar cardigan remains the OG for guys. It’s basically like wearing a light jacket, so you can pull it on over most anything and it’ll look stylish.

Think: t-shirts, button-up shirts, henleys… The list goes on.

On the bottom? Dealer’s choice, though you might consider starting with modern-looking cargo pants like the model above!

Wear it at Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays, too.

It’s a total ::chef’s kiss:: cold weather staple.

2. Schott NYC, $180

SG Says: I am here for this cozy wool zip Schott cardigan that looks like something a WWII soldier would wear on weekend leave.

But just a quick FYI, I realize this sweater and the others on this list aren’t inexpensive.

The good news is: so long as you opt for a classic style and color like the olive green hue above, you’ll have this baby for the long haul.

A well-made cardigan will be a “your kids will eventually steal it from you someday” keeper for your wardrobe.

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3. Pop Trading Company, $180

SG Says: What could be easier than a grey v-neck cardigan? Yes, even one with hot pink stripes!

Inject a little color into any fall (or winter) outfit, and use the neutral base to pair the sweater back to plenty of items already in your closet.

Seriously, the outfit options are nearly endless with this Pop Trading Company cardigan. Throw a denim shirt and white tee underneath. Or add a field jacket on top for warmth.

On the bottom, a pair of workwear pants would look trendy for a date night; you could also wear it with joggers and a cool pair of sneakers for a stylish, casual outfit.

4. Scotch & Soda, $228

SG Says: Yes there’s a lot going on in this jacquard cardigan from Scotch & Soda…but that’s what’s great about it!

I could see this becoming a fall favorite when paired with your preferred drawstring pants.

5. YMC, $222

SG Says: Just to say it again…yes, this beige YMC sweater is expensive.

No denying that. But it’s like the best song off Taylor Swift’s 1989. It’ll never go out of style, duh! (And yes, this counts as my plea to the universe that we get this re-recorded album released soon).

Spun from wool for a sumptuous handle that only enhances its slouchy feel, this cardigan has a cool, throwback-y vibe spread collar and fastens down the front placket with caramel buttons.

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6. J.Crew, $90

SG Says: Beep beep, mega-serious trend ahead!

This short-sleeve cardigan would impress everyone on your next work Zoom call, or for a re-rescheduled wedding paired with an unstructured suit and absolutely zero break at the ankles.

If you live somewhere warm all year, it would also be great for an appearance at Thanksgiving for a “dressed up on top, sweats on the bottom” vibe.

7. River Island, $65

SG Says: I love this boxy black v-neck cardigan from River Island.

It feels like a cross between a high school letterman’s jacket and your coziest sweater. The slouchy, dropped shoulders in a light cotton-blend would work for WFH or any weekend look.

Great when you want to feel a little trendy but still feel as comfy as hell.

8. Peter Millar, $350

SG Says: Another easy style that does all the heavy lifting for you.

Whether you pair this sturdy style with an OCBD and chinos or a t-shirt and jeans, get ready for the “Well don’t you look stylish” compliments to start rolling right in.

// Shop more #SGapproved cold weather layers //

>> Round out your shopping list with our roundups on light jackets, heavy jackets, and sweaters >>