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    Quote Originally Posted by Loafer28 View Post
    I avoid thin cardigans. Every time I try one on and look in the mirror, I think Mr. Rodgers. I have one chunky cotton Polo cardigan that my wife loves. Worn with jeans it comes off as comfy masculine, if there is such a thing.
    I think this is the real key. Chunky shawl works wonders, it pretty much does all the tricks of a sportcoat but less formally. Thin cardigan...not so much. Too bad it's so tough to find a good cheap basic navy/grey 100% wool shawl cardigan.

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    I wear cardigans constantly, and I've only ever had compliments.

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    Here are some examples that show how a person's build can make or break the cardigan look.

    The first 2 are fine knits, and the last 2 are chunky shawls worn with flat caps (another old man association). None of the guys are old, but notice how the guys with less than ideal bodies give off old men vibes.

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/52/c2/d0/5...tylish-man.jpg

    vs.

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/27/56/87/2...-guy-style.jpg



    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ee/2d/e7/e...an-pattern.jpg

    vs.

    https://cdn.lookastic.com/looks/shaw...large-6041.jpg

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    To the OP, I get a comment occasionally but I also get comments about wearing a tie or my shoes or my watches. The less tan positive comments are from dudes that we will kindly say have a look taht I do not wish to emulate. The positive comments come from women. I am fine with all of that scenario. And I even wear thin cardigans. I wear them like i used to wear casual hoodies though. Something liek this but with a slightly less stupid look on my face...usually



    Quote Originally Posted by julius12 View Post
    Here are some examples that show how a person's build can make or break the cardigan look.

    The first 2 are fine knits, and the last 2 are chunky shawls worn with flat caps (another old man association). None of the guys are old, but notice how the guys with less than ideal bodies give off old men vibes.

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/52/c2/d0/5...tylish-man.jpg

    vs.

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/27/56/87/2...-guy-style.jpg



    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ee/2d/e7/e...an-pattern.jpg

    vs.

    https://cdn.lookastic.com/looks/shaw...large-6041.jpg
    are the first examples in your pairs supposed to be the "old man vibe"? I would counter that there is more going on that makes that vibe than a "less than ideal" body. I would also say that they all look decent to me.

    But I think we can just go ahead and acknowledge that everything looks better on an athletic/"ideal" body.

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    Funny how cardigans remind people of Mr. Rogers when what he actually wore were some kind of zip-up round-necked sweater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julius12 View Post
    Funny how cardigans remind people of Mr. Rogers when what he actually wore were some kind of zip-up round-necked sweater.
    still a cardigan. technically a sweater that opens all the way down the front is a cardigan. Buttons are just the most poplar type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idvsego View Post
    are the first examples in your pairs supposed to be the "old man vibe"? I would counter that there is more going on that makes that vibe than a "less than ideal" body. I would also say that they all look decent to me.

    But I think we can just go ahead and acknowledge that everything looks better on an athletic/"ideal" body.
    Of course everything looks better on ideal athletic bodies (except maybe skinny anything) but certain styles just suit that build more and seem harder to pull off by other body types, like long-sleeved henleys and cardigans.

    In the case of the cardigan, I think with it's low V opening and lack of structure in the shoulders, if you don't have built shoulders and you have a bit of a gut it kinda emphasizes it (your gut), so it's probably better to wear a jacket (more structured shoulders) or a v-neck sweater (smaller V opening not pointing to your gut).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Doctor View Post
    IOne coworker started calling me "Lord Cardigan," .
    Long may he reign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hierophant View Post
    I wear cardigans constantly, and I've only ever had compliments.
    My wife said it was ..... different. I don't typically wear them but do enjoy the layering/texture options.



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    To me a regular button type cardigan works but it’s the shawl ones that just scream old man to me. Probably because my grandfathers wore them frequently but that’s one I just cannot pull off.

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