#MANday Feature: An Ode To The Shawl-Collar Cardigan, & Why You Should Wear It This Season


Hey guys! Now that November is upon us and the weather is a bit more brisk, I felt it was time for me come forth with some style ideas for the men. Fall is a wonderful time to mix up your wardrobe as the chilly temperatures allow you more leeway in regards to textures, color, and layering. I’m a huge fan of chunky-knit sweaters on gentleman, and one of my most favorite, that I believe every man should at least own one of, is the shawl collar cardigan.

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When a simple v-neck cardigan doesn’t give that “oomph” to your outfit, and a fitted blazer is too formal, the shawl collar cardigan is the perfect bridge garment. Worn with an oxford shirt and tie underneath, the shawl collar cardigan is perfect for work, and worn with a tee-shirt underneath it is perfect for weekend activities. Hell, you can even wear a solid tank or muscle tee underneath, whilst maintaining a polished, but not-too-prim look.

Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite sweaters on the inter-webs from a few of my favorite American designers and brands that appeal to both tame and eccentric personal styles, as well as varied budgets.


For the man who wants a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style, let me lead you to Billy Reid’s wool/cashmere blend cardigan in navy. The classic color can pair with jeans, slacks, and chinos, and the fiber blend with keep you warm throughout the blustering weather.

 Billy Reid: Shawl Collar Cardigan in Navy, Price: $395


Reminiscent of rugby shirts and overall Ivy-League collegiate style, this colorblock cardigan offering gives a bit of color while staying subdued. The collaboration between Oregon-based knitting company Dehen and J. Crew is one we hope to see more of in coming seasons.

Dehen for J. Crew: Shawl-Collar Cardigan in Black Colorblock Wool, Price: $395


For the man about town that is worried that a shawl-collar cardigan would make him look like a “grandpa”, we have a cool, yet sophisticated offering from John Varvatos. The “Black Velvet” color, which has a black/charcoal distressed look has a slim body for the sleekest silhouette on the list. No grandpa comparison here.

John Varvatos: Shawl Collar Cableknit Cardigan, Price $278


So you have a penchant for color, Americana, and a HUGE budget? POLO Ralph Lauren pulls out all the stops in this bold Navajo-print, double-breasted stunner. Definitely for the fashionably-fearless, this conversation piece takes a very specific kind of man to pull off the look. Is it you?

POLO Ralph Lauren: Double-Breasted Shawl Cardigan, $995 

Stay warm this season, and be on the lookout for more on MANday! That’s Monday, for the men 🙂


Free Fragrance Samples, Photo Ops, and In-Store Prizes Available!

In celebration of their new fragrance STAR USA, the folks at John Varvatos are hitting up hot spot in NYC via tour bus! All attendees will have the chance to:

  • Get a FREE sample of the John Varvatos STAR USA fragrance!
  • Have a rockin’ photo op in front of the exclusive John Varvatos USA “step and retweet” using #jvusabus. Photos will be posted on http://jvusabus.tumblr.com/
  • Have a chance o be a part of the official John Varvatos STAR USA fragrance tour bus documentary

Visit the John Varvatos fragrance counter at Macy’s Herald Square on MAY 3-5, to enter to win FREE prizes including an iPod, Ticket Master or iTunes Gift Cards, or Bose Headphone Set.  One winner will be chosen every hour during the event! No purchase necessary.*

SPECIAL OFFER!  From MAY 3-5, purchase a 3.4 oz. John Varvatos USA EDT spray, and receive a COMPLIMENTARY monogrammed tote bag.**

The John Varvatos STAR USA Fragrance Tour Bus will be rockin’ on:


  • TIME: 6PM-8PM
  • LOCATION: outside The Cranberries concert at Terminal 5, NYC
  • ADDRESS: 610 West 56th Street; south side of 56th Street b/n 11th & 12th Avenues


  • TIME: 1PM-5PM
  • LOCATION: outside Macy’s Herald Square, NYC
  • ADDRESS: Broadway at 34th Street
  • TIME: 6PM-9PM
  • LOCATION: outside We Were Promised Jetpacks concert at Bowery Ballroom, NYC
  • ADDRESS: 6 Delancey Street; north side of Delancey b/n Bowery & Chrystie Streets


  • TIME: 1PM-5PM
  • LOCATION: outside Macy’s Herald Square, NYC
  • ADDRESS: Broadway at 34th Street
  • TIME: 6PM-9PM
  • LOCATION: outside the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
  • ADDRESS: 165 Mulberry Street; southwest corner on Mulberry b/n Market & Edison


  • TIME: 2:30PM-6:30PM
  • LOCATION: outside Macy’s Herald Square, NYC
  • ADDRESS: Broadway at 34th Street
  • TIME: 7PM-9PM
  • LOCATION: outside the Feist concert at Radio City Music Hall, NYC
  • ADDRESS: Northeast corner of 51st Street at 6th Avenue
*Courtesy of Bratskeir & Company/John Varvatos