1 Piece/3 Ways: Chunky Belted Cardigan

December 8th, 2011

It’s not heavy duty outerwear season yet, but it’s time to start layering on some weight.

As you may already know, I’m a big fan of wearing chunky sweaters, especially cardigans, as outerwear.

Here, I put together three looks using one of my favorites. With a shawl collar and a belt, it has an awesome trench coat x bath robe feel, which makes it easy to dress up or down.

1. Comfy Commute

A sweater is meant to fit snug, so as a jacket it’s going to look very fitted. This makes it perfect for throwing over a tailored look – like a waistcoat and trousers. 

Tailored garments in winter fabrics – like this wide wale corduroy suit, plaid flannel shirt and wool herringbone tie – can take you pretty far into the season without heavy outerwear.

Bonus Tip: Flannels aren’t all oversized casual shirts, there is a new breed of superfine flannel shirting that has instantly become my go-to this Fall.

Bonus Tip II: A light natural leather shoe is perfect for autumn.

  • Grey herringbone tweed tie by Woolrich ·
  • Grey felt/leather briefcase by Graf & Lantz ·
  • Tan leather monkstraps by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Grey flannel check shirt ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Navy corduroy vest (part of suit) ·
  • Navy corduroy suit trousers ·
  • Chunky belted cardigan by Ralph Lauren Polo ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc

2. Old Italian Man Swag

I defintely get some shit from my boys for this hat, but there’s something about it that I love. I think it’s the old Italian man swag.

Bonus Tip: To pass as a jacket, the cardigan has to be chunky enough to wear with just a shirt underneath.

Bonus Tip II: If you don’t want to fully commit and hem your jeans with no break, try one deep fold rather than rolling it 3 or 4 times and making it look bunchy. This is better for taller guys.

Bonus Tup III: Like any other accessory, there are hats for every season. This chocolate brown felt hat is perfect for the Fall, and works well with masculine rugged fabrics.

Bonus Tip IV: Hats typically look better when they are worn in. I beat up the brim on this hat to make it floppy because I thought it looked too wide and stiff when it was straight. One free steam press at the hat shop and it’s back to it’s original fedora shape.


Mint Bengal Stripe Oxford Shirt

  • Brown felt hat by Borsalino ·
  • Tan chukkas by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • Washed jeans by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Tan suede gloves by Uniqlo ·
  • Chunky belted cardigan by Ralph Lauren Polo ·
  • Canvas tote bag by Filson ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc
  • · Green striped oxford shirt by Gitman Brothers

3. Autumn Layers

The autum color palette is the best of the seasons, in my opinion.

Think about the colors of the leaves; there is something that just looks right about the combination of colors. Browns, Oranges, Greens. It’s satisfying and relaxing to the eye.

Bonus Tip: It’s still a sweater. When it gets really cold, it should still fit under a coat.

Bonus Tip II: Having sweaters of different weights allows you to layer them together, like this fine gage turtleneck and chunky cardigan.

Bonus Tip III: Marled winter socks add a great texture at the ankle.


  • Brown turtleneck sweater by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Orange corduroys by Facconable ·
  • Brown wool blend socks by JCrew ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Olive wool toggle coat by Club Monaco ·
  • Chunky belted cardigan by Ralph Lauren Polo ·
  • Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford.