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1 Piece/3 Ways: The Cricket Sweater

December 7th, 2012

The cricket sweater originated as sportswear and quickly became an old-money prep staple, but that doesn’t mean it can only be worn on the golf course, tennis court or at the country club.

Here’s three ways to get the most out of it.

1. Cross-Genre Casual

I like to mix prep-inspired pieces with items that have a little more edge, like this lightweight designer trench.

By combining genres, you can create a look that is unique and represents your personal point of view on style, rather than a typical representation of men’s fashion as described by brand marketing.

White jeans after Labor Day? Why not? As long as you understand the rules (like proper fit and tasteful color coordination) you can break them in a way that is appealing, not appalling.

Brown suede desert boots look good with just about anything.

  • Clear frame sunglasses by Vintage ·
  • Light blue cotton trench by Burberry Prorsum ·
  • Navy cableknit sweater by Argyle Culture ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Brown Leather Plaque belt by JCrew ·
  • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti

2. Business Casual

In a “business casual” environment, it’s hard to go wrong with a simple button-down shirt, tailored trouser and v-neck sweater.

On a mild day throw a light jacket over it, like this cotton golf number I picked up from a vintage store for $10 (then had tailored for $50).

Not all jeans are made of denim. Jeans are a style, not a fabric.

These wool flannel jeans are warm, comfortable and a perfect balance between casual and dressy.

SHOP THIS LOOK


White Broadcloth Shirt

  • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda ·
  • Burgundy golf jacket Vintage ·
  • Navy cableknit sweater by Argyle Culture ·
  • Grey flannel Jeans by Zegna ·
  • Black leather penny loafers by Bass Weejun
  • · White cotton dress shirt

 3. Professor of the Game

Of course, sometimes a cricket sweater deserves to be in its preppy element.

Although it was originally intended as sportswear, it looks right at home with a flannel houndstooth suit and rep stripe bowtie.

A professorial look that hints at wealth and intellect.

My style-conscious professors at Columbia would be proud.

SHOP THIS LOOK


Sky Blue Broadcloth Shirt

  • Brown micro-houndstooth flannel suit ·
  • Navy cableknit sweater by Argyle Culture ·
  • Navy/Red rep stripe bow tie by Polo Ralph Lauren ·
  • White pocket square ·
  • Red stripe umbrella with wooden handle by Pasotti Ombrelli of Italy ·
  • Two-tone leather spectator wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco
  • · Light blue poplin shirt

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford.