The 12 Best Cardigans for Men in 2021
Men and cardigans have a bit of a complicated history and we’d be lying if a bit of that residue of discomfort wasn’t still around today. We may not be able to pinpoint where it comes from exactly, but we are able to say with some certainty that the cardigan is not the first item that most men reach for when they peer into their closet.
Some speculation exists as to why many men haven’t yet warmed up to the idea of the cardigan. Some theorize that, because a cardigan is technically a unisex item, some men may feel as if it is not masculine enough for them. Others say the cardigan gets brushed over because most men would rather reach for a pullover sweater or long sleeve shirt.
If you count yourself among the men that are suspicious of cardigans, it’s time to branch out and allow yourself to discover what a wonderful wardrobe staple it can be! Here are 12 of the best cardigans for men available in 2021.
1. L.L. Bean Classic Ragg Wool Cardigan
L.L. Bean is known for its high-quality rustic wear, so it makes sense there would be a cardigan or two in its catalog. It makes extra sense this would be a wool cardigan, as this is one of the coziest, most durable types of fabrics known to humankind.
When you purchase a cardigan from L.L. Bean you’re not just buying a piece of clothing you’ll throw on occasionally. What you are purchasing is a wardrobe staple that’ll stay in pristine condition through many washes and will match with a variety of outfit combinations. If you live in a cooler climate where your body could use a bit of warmth, you have even less of an excuse not to own an L.L. Bean cardigan — you will probably end up purchasing more than one.
2. Fred Perry Lambswool Cardigan
Fred Perry is a British clothing brand that gets its namesake from the famous tennis player, Fred Perry. While the brand is most well-known for its polo shirts, they also happen to produce a nice and simple cardigan that has quickly become a favorite clothing item for many men.
For example, this cardigan — which would probably be called a jumper in its native Britain — is made of a luxurious lambswool that feels heavenly soft on your skin. Made in Italy, it also features the iconic Fred Perry embroidery as well as a distinctive button-up down the center. It’s part of the brand’s “Reissue Collection” which offers a fresh take on the company’s classic wardrobe items.
3. UNIQLO Linen Blended V-Neck Long Sleeve Cardigan
Japanese fashion outfitter UNIQLO has made quite a splash in the North American market over the past decade or so, and anyone who has been paying attention could have seen this coming. Not only does this company offer clothing that’s either trendy or even completely ahead of the trends, but they also offer superb quality for an even more impressive price point.
Perhaps, because they cater to many markets outside of cardigan-hesitant North America, UNIQLO offers a number of cardigans, with a standout being this linen blended v-neck. This cardigan, which comes in a variety of colors – including such wardrobe staples as grey, burgundy, and navy – is incredibly lightweight and specially designed to repel wrinkles.
4. Iris Von Arnim Callisto Shawl-Collar Cashmere Cardigan
Okay, so this might be one of the more indulgent items on this list — but who wouldn’t love a cardigan if it were made out of 100% cashmere. If you were to allow yourself one major luxury wardrobe item, this incredible cardigan would be a good contender.
Made in Italy, this cardigan comes from a small family-run brand and features a mid-weight ribbed knit material that must be handled by dry clean only. Proving it’s not just about form and also about function, this cardigan also offers usable side pockets.
5. Club Monaco Cashmere Cardigan
Popular fashion retailer Club Monaco also offers their own version of a cashmere cardigan, and it’s quite a nice version indeed. While this company has its roots in Canada, they now have a presence worldwide, including in such fashion markets as Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
At the core of Club Monaco’s brand values are simplicity and high-quality basics, so it’s no surprise they can pull off a high-end basic cashmere cardigan well. If you are itching to own a piece of cashmere and don’t want to spend an especially high amount on one clothing item, then a cardigan from Club Monaco might be a good option.
6. Acne Studios Keve Logo-Appliqued Wool Cardigan
If you have not yet heard of Acne Studios, prepare yourself to be acquainted. Acne Studios is a luxury Swedish fashion retailer with a reputation for trendy, understated fashion. They are also known for having a presence at Paris Fashion Week and their retail stores are located in high-end global fashion markets including New York, Tokyo, and beyond.
While this particular cardigan from Acne Studios is indeed simple, its soft pink hue also ensures that its wearer is bound to stand out from the crowd. Made of unbelievably soft wool, it comes with a subtle insignia in the lapel. It is fastenable by buttons.
7. Comme Des Garcons Shirt Plaid-Panelled Cardigan
Comme des Garcons is a well-known French fashion brand that’s sometimes stylized as CDG. It has been around since the 1960s and is known for its regular showings at Paris Fashion Week. While initially known for their punk-inspired styles, CDG features several preppy items in their lines today including, you guessed it, a cardigan.
This checkered beaut is made from 100% wool which means it keeps your skin soft and warm. This slim-fitting cardigan is made in Italy and comes with a mid-weight feel which makes it ideal for cooler days, although it will never feel like it is weighing on your skin.
8. Entireworld Fisherman’s Cardigan
Entireworld is a new fashion brand on the scene and is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based fashion designer Scott Steinberg. The company has a commitment to ensuring their clothing is made in factories that meet ethical standards and focuses on a pricing model selling items directly to the consumer, resulting in lower price tags than what you would usually find at other comparable clothing brands.
The company does stylish basics very well, as evidenced in this simple brown cardigan made from 100% superfine wool. Say hello to your newest winter wardrobe staple.
9. Needles Intarsia Mohair-Blend Cardigan
Needles Clothing was founded in Japan in the 1980s by fashion designer Keizo Shimizu who was inspired by the free-spirited style often seen in American high school students. Even to this day, styles that are released by this company come complete with old school Americana designs.
This cardigan in particular screams “1970s USA” in the best way possible. Its materials are just unique as its design, as it’s crafted from a mohair-blend material made from the undercoat of Angora goats.
10. Stussy Jacquard-Knit Cardigan
Stussy is an American clothing brand that’s had a presence since the 1980s. While the company is largely known for making waves in the surfer, hip-hop, and skateboarding scenes — true to their Orange County roots — they can also rock an awesome cardigan.
This is evidenced in their Jacquard-Knit edition, which is made from a wool and mohair blend and features a hip abstract pattern. The pretty shades of blue that make up this playful cardigan look best when worn over a plain white tshirt.
11. Aime Leon Dore Woolrich Cable Cardigan
Despite having only been in existence since 2014, Aime Leon Dore has already made an incredible name for itself thanks to a healthy online presence. However, the brand also has a retail store in the SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan. The brand receives most of its inspiration from hip-hop style, as well as from experiences its founder had while growing up – splitting his time between Greece and Queens.
This woolrich cable cardigan comes in four beautiful colors, including navy, cream, red, and olive. Aside from its distinctive cable knit pattern, each sweater also comes with a v-neck style and a company label on the left sleeve.
12. Gucci Horsebit Suede and Webbing-Trimmed Wool-Blend Cardigan
How comprehensive would a cardigan list be without mention of an ultra-high-end brand such as Gucci? While you may be most familiar with Gucci because of their fashion accessories, they also make several wardrobe staples, including cardigans.
The label’s Horsebit Suede and Webbing-Trimmed Wool-Blend cardigan features the company’s famous plaques as well as its distinctive red and green color pattern. An indulgent item, maybe, but a cozy and attractive one at that!
You’re not alone if you think that cardigans are exclusively for older people. After all, if you take a look back at the history of the cardigan, you can’t get much more old school than that — it dates back to at least the Crimean War of the 1800s and has a strong association with preppy fashion styles of the 1920s and 1930s.
However, from the 2010s onward, cardigans have made quite the comeback, and we think that they deserve to be seen as more than just a wardrobe item for old people. After all, they are hip and young enough that they made it into the title of a Taylor Swift song.
This is a great question! When it comes to finding a quality cardigan, fit and materials are everything. While most cardigans will fit true-to-size, you may want to buy a size or two up if you are looking for the oversized sweater look. Most cardigans are made of wool, mohair, or cashmere — none of these are really better than other, as it is mostly a matter of personal preference.
While the most popular way to wear a cardigan is for it to be undone (that’s why it comes with those buttons, after all), we would argue that the most trendy way to wear a cardigan these days is to keep it buttoned up with a solid plain t-shirt underneath.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.