hen the world becomes too predictable, when your options become too easy, it's time to crank up the Difficulty setting. FashionMRs shouldn't be cautious if they've built their wardrobe well- if you have the basics down pat, if you're doing well with your color mixing and your pattern matching, you shouldn't be afraid to throw something into the mix that makes people stop and look. Enter the double-breasted cardigan, a stylish exclamation point to a winter wardrobe.
Simple enough: the double-breasted cardigan is a sweater that fastens across the middle like a double-breasted jacket or coat. Like a double-breasted sport coat, it buttons at one side as one breast folds over another, and two sets of buttons run down the front. Unlike a typical double-breasted blazer, double-breasted cardigans are often capable of buttoning all the way up, their buttons functional and able to lock in the warmth generated by their cozy knitting. They've been seen with a variety of collars, from a polo collar to a shawl collar to a simple flat collar. It is a newer item, gradually emerging in the past few years, but of course drawing inspiration from the rise of double-breasted suits on the runways. It has grown into a luxury item, and as such, it is made of high-quality fabrics like merino wool, cashmere, and lambswool.
As mentioned before, the double-breasted cardigan is a statement piece. It is still fairly uncommon, so if you wear it, prepare to be noticed. That said, don't go overboard. Treat it like a normal cardigan and wear it as part of a smart casual ensemble. A pair of corduroy pants wouldn't be out of place, though the greater formality brought on by double breasts means you could wear wool pants as well. We would recommend some kind of collared shirt underneath, whether this is a true dress shirt or a flannel shirt for extra warmth. It's a perfect solution to the question of home entertainment wear, and if you're lucky enough to snag one this holiday season, we suggest you not be shy.