17 Cardigans to Keep You Looking Cool (and Feeling Comfortable) Wherever You Are

Listen, guy. You need a cardigan. I’m not asking anymore. I’m telling. What’s the hold-up? C’mon, clue me in. I’m not telling you to buy one because it bolsters my bottom-line (although, huh, that’s a fair point). I’m telling you because I care. The cardigan is the sweater you should be spending your day cozily ensconced in right now, and I’m not backing down until I’ve converted the whole lot of you with my zealotry.

Think of the iconic button-front style as the Zoom-ready blazer alternative of your dreams, one you don’t even have to go to the effort of pulling over your head, messing up your meticulously maintained coiffure in the process. (You are taking care to meticulously maintain your coiffure, right?) You literally throw it on, like a goddamn cape. I’m not saying the cardigan will turn you into a superhero, but I’m not not saying it either. It’s sure as hell got all the gravitas necessary to anchor a family-friendly blockbuster film series, a few gritty TV spinoffs, and a popular line of synergistic product collaborations, to boot.

I guess “your friendly neighborhood cardigan-wearer” doesn’t have the same ring to it, huh? Back to the drawing board. Hey, I hear Hollywood is starting to get pretty desperate for novel superhero concepts it can help turn into multibillion-dollar global franchises faster than you can say “Shareholders, assemble.” Why not throw on a cardigan and give it a shot? See you in the funny pages, pal.

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Supima Cotton Cardigan Sweater

Land’s End landsend.com

$48.96

*Breathes deeply* Aaah. Don’t you love the smell of fresh Supima in the fall?

Extra Fine Merino Cardigan

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$49.90

The cardigan so good we had to endorse it. 

Felted Merino Cardigan

Everlane everlane.com

$88.00

Fuck it, man, let’s get felted. 

Classic Ragg Wool Cardigan

L.L.Bean llbean.com

$99.00

As thick as the brand’s beloved camp socks. (As sturdy, too.) 

Retro Stripe Cardigan

Todd Snyder toddsnyder.com

$129.00

Retro in all the ways a sweater should be right now.  

Linen-Cotton Cardigan

J.Crew jcrew.com

$148.00

Linen? And cotton?! In one cardigan?!?! Sold, to the man with the very confused body temperatures. 

Fleece Stripe Cardigan

Beams Plus endclothing.com

$165.00

So soft I can practically feel it through the picture. 

Patch-Embellished Intarsia Cardigan

Universal Works farfetch.com

$184.00

Color-blocked knits=always cool. 

Medium Weight Knit Cardigan

Maxhosa maxhosa.africa

$258.00

The shock of color you’ll need come the inevitable overcast autumn days. 

Gote Open-Knit Cotton-Blend Cardigan

Séfr mrporter.com

$380.00

Stitched from a medley of colorful yarns and topped off with patch pockets up front. 

The Droogs Cardigan

Noon Goons ssense.com

$430.00

The right sort of slacker energy you want to be channelling as soon as the temperature drops. 

Shredded-Jacquard Cardigan

Needles farfetch.com

$446.00

If you’re in the market for a new sweater of any sort, Needles makes some of the best around—this season and, to be honest, every season. 

Timmy Fair Isle Cardigan

Molly Goddard ssense.com

$500.00

Molly Goddard’s extremely good button-front sweaters: the next best thing to seeing a beloved elderly relative in person.  

Embroidered Rib-Knit Cardigan

Wales Bonner mytheresa.com

$528.00

Brown is never a bad look, and that’s doubly true during the fall. 

Ribbed Wool Cardigan

Barena mrporter.com

$620.00

Ribbed for your pleasure. (I’m so sorry.) 

Shawl-Collar Cotton and Silk-Blend Cardigan

RRL mrporter.com

$695.00

A riff on old-school British fisherman sweaters of the vintage fiends at team RRL. 

4-Bar Merino Wool Aran Cardigan

Thom Browne nordstrom.com

$890.00

The man who singlehandedly made the shrunken suit cool puts his signature twist on the cardigan, to great effect. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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