Cardigans...

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    Mar 11, 2008 12:07 PM GMT
    ...are all the rage in UK.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 11, 2008 12:09 PM GMT
    They are nice, but they always seem a little warm to me...
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    Mar 11, 2008 12:38 PM GMT
    The Swedish band or the wearable one? LOL x
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    Mar 11, 2008 12:58 PM GMT
    just do what people at my school did. throw a Cardigras party.
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    Mar 11, 2008 1:07 PM GMT
    David Beckham is leading the way on this particular fashion trend. Just thought you lot should know, I've heard there's been a lot of snow in Ohio and northern Texas.
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    Mar 11, 2008 2:53 PM GMT
    Cardigans became popular in the us about 3-4 seasons ago. They are still kind of in, but they are trickling away. They can be cute with the right shirt and pants!
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    Mar 11, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    as long as they fit close to the body. Nothing screams Mr.Rogers more than a baggy cardigan (or any baggy sweater)
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    Mar 11, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    I love a good form-fitting cardigan and have worn them and will continue to wear them regardless of trends.
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    Mar 11, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    i've been living in mine all winter. big fan of the cardigan icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 11, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    Yeah, they have been around a while a now..
    Once you find a couple good ones, it is hard to want to wear anything else.
    Mr. Rogers was on to something.
    They were the most expensive things I bought last year, but well worth it.
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    Mar 11, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    I just HAD to post this one again!

  • auryn

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    Mar 11, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    Cardigans are back?? I remember having one in the 80s, it was one of my fave pieces of comfort wear. I bet it's still at my mom's place with the rest of the clothes that I don't wear anymore; that is unless she gave it away.

    Hmmmm, are sweater vests back yet? I've got a couple of those still, and since I'm slimming down again, I bet I could fit them. (I'm feeling old now.)
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    Mar 11, 2008 4:55 PM GMT
    Sweaters kill me. I'm chronically hot.
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    Mar 11, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    I love cardigans... I own a few. I wear them when I want to look sharp and smart. Not too many people can pull one off and not look like Mr. Rogers or a school teacher... it's one of my favorite articles of clothing.
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    Mar 11, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    I see them making their way back as of recent here in SF as well....
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    Mar 21, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    Fashion-forward men choose sweaters

    By NEDRA RHONE
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 03/19/2008

    When Fred Rogers wanted to be our neighbor, he slipped on a zip-up cardigan and a pair of sneakers. It was, he once said, a way of getting comfortable and settling in for a while.

    Rogers, who died in 2003, would have been 80 years old Thursday, and while his long-running series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," had an impact on children's television for more than 30 years, it's the memory of those handmade zip-up cardigan sweaters that have stuck with many adults.

    Rogers' red sweater is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, but the resurgence of geek chic, all-American and preppy styles in menswear, have put cardigans back on the streets in a big way.

    Sherman Cooper, 24, of Midtown, was recently called Mister Rogers by his manager when he wore a light blue Club Monaco cardigan to work.

    Cooper took the comment in a neighborly way.

    "I wasn't necessarily inspired by Mister Rogers," he said. "There is something to be said for a classic style that can be done in a modern business context. I'm trendy, but I take older elements like a cardigan and bring it into 2008."

    So maybe no one wants to look exactly like Mister Rogers, but as far as pop culture references go, Rogers and Bill Cosby are the sweater icons, said Anoma Whittaker, fashion director for Complex, a men's magazine that frequently features zip-up and button-down sweater styles.

    "I understand the influence he had on the cardigan as an image for a younger person," she said. "There is an emotional attachment to the sweaters."

    Men who once rocked blazers over a shirt and tie now often reach for a cardigan.

    Elementary school principal Anthony Dorsey, 37, has never met a cardigan he didn't like. He wears one with a shirt and tie to work every day except Wednesday when school dress-up day calls for a blazer. Dorsey's cardigan collection runs the gamut from Easter pastels to diamond prints to preppy pink and green. He even has a khaki-colored cardigan to pair with khaki pants.

    "I picked up cardigans somewhere around 2001," said the South Fulton resident. "I grew into the look. It wasn't a fad when I picked it up."

    Dorsey has watched the trend take off, even among children in middle school who teased each other for wearing preppy gear.

    "It really does come down to diversity and having a unique look in what is not always a unique world," Dorsey said.

    It helps that a range of designers have created styles to make the cardigan accessible to a variety of men.

    Want to keep it classic? See Ralph Lauren.

    Moving from hip-hop head to head of household? Look to Russell Simmons for inspiration.

    "There is a hip-hop community of all races and ethnicities ... and they've gotten older," said Simmons, who recently launched Argyle Culture, a sweater- and vest-heavy line specifically for "urban graduates" like him.

    Cardi-curious guys can start with lower-priced styles from retailers like the Gap or J. Crew before investing in higher-priced brands. Zippered or button-down sweaters with v-necks or shawl collars can be dressed up with a shirt, tie and trousers or dressed down with jeans and a T-shirt, Whittaker added.

    That's how Frank Brockway, 34, has been wearing his old stand-by for years. The brown and tan sweater with blue trim has probably seen better days, said Brockway, a Realtor for Keller Williams, but he isn't letting it go. "Everyone has their article of clothing that is like a security blanket and that's mine," he said.

    Mister Rogers would be so proud.
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    Mar 21, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
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