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    I have never lived in a cold climate...until now. I'm looking into getting a cardigan. I'm not sure if I get this or not:

    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=8696770320000&cid=5180


    I'm an XS so I can't get any of those amazing cardigans over at Old Navy. Anyone have some tips for a cardigan virgin?


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    Sean, these cardigans do not look to be very high quality. Based on the pictures and the fabric type (70% cotton, 30% nylon) I would guess that they'd last one season. Also, cotton and nylon blends will not keep you warm.


    I recommend you look at 100% Merino or cashmere / merino blend cardigans.


    J.Crew factory has two that might interest you. (Subtract 25% from the stated price using the coupon "yourgift").


    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_factory_category/greatsweaters/PRDOVR~19088/99101880454/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~~~205+16+4294966728~15~ ~~~~~~/19088.jsp


    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_factory_category/greatsweaters/PRDOVR~53176/99102506399/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~~~205+16+4294966728~15~ ~~~~~~/53176.jsp


    J.Crew's regular lineup has a few that would fit in a similar budget range:


    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...7600/57600.jsp

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/merino/PRDOVR~46710/46710.jsp


    And they have a cotton-cashmere blend (fall weather weight) that's much nicer than the Gap one for $37.5:


    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...9114/29114.jsp


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    Not sold on a shawl color for a first cardigan. I would rather see you go for a wool-blend traditional cardigan to start, like this one:

    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do...d=1&pid=869691


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    http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse...scid=876516002


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    I got a heavy cotton knit shaker shawl cardigan from LEC that's not available any more (this one: http://reviews.landsend.com/2019/212...ws/reviews.htm)


    I like it as a chunky outer layer over a dress shirt and tie.


    I guess you should decide whether you want a layering piece that you can wear a sport coat over or if you want a chunkier outerwear type.


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    Thanks guys. Great examples for me to take a look at. I'm liking the Banana Republic one right now, but I think I'll make my decision later today.


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    I actually think shawl is easier to pull off. It just strikes me as less bold/grandpa. Not that a cardigan is those things, just that the modern shawl styles seem more youthful to me and work for anyone over 20 or so.


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    Bought my first cardigan at the Rue 21 outlet in Tannersville, PA a few months ago.


    Blue/ grey stripes and slim fit. I LOVE it - gotten compliments every time I've worn it.


    I don't think it's that bad of an idea for OP to choose a shawl style, but I prefer "Y" shaped cardigans. I agree with Cannon, shawl may be easier to "pull off" in some cases. It's safer, but low risk can mean low reward.


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    FWIW, my first-ever cardigan was a shawl collar. I like it a ton and don't feel I look too grandpa-ish. To be fair, though, it's also made out of a sweatshirt/jersey material so it's a little more casual-looking.

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    Fellas,


    It is funny that cardigans came up. A few days ago, I picked up this Merona cardigan from Target (http://www.target.com/p/Merona-Men-s...qi_detailimage) and I must say- it is true to size. Very nice feel, feels almost tailored to my physique (5'10", 180 lbs, athletic). I'd say try there and take advantage of this steal at $24.99.


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    I got this shawl collar from Express when it went on sale for ~$30.


    http://www.express.com/shawl-collar-cardigan-sweater-38103-60/control/page/32/show/3/index.pro


    Quite frankly I love it. The cotton is super soft (like 'I'd use this as a blanket' soft) and the red stripes actually give it a really nice touch of flair. I like both shawl an non-shawl cardigans, but I think non-shawl is a bit more 'mature'. Not saying for old people, but when on a college campus, the shawl collar works better. I usually wear this with a button down, sleeves sometimes rolled up, and now that it's gotten cold I just started wearing a scarf with it (a tie will also work).


    I see the cardigan as a nice peice just below a blazer. It's casual enough to wear around town and with friends, while still dressed up enough to look dappered.


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