Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #6: Dress up a Cardigan with a Tie

May 13th, 2009

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #6
Feeling the love for this set?  Here’s more information about it.


We’re inspired by the upcoming film 500 Days of Summer (saw it at Sundance, highly recommend it) - and particularly by the creative-yet-wearable work style of the main characters, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.  Gordon-Levitt’s character has a penchant for the button-down + tie + cardigan combination.  It’s a great fashion formula, particularly for guys in creative industries.  Here’s how to get the cardigan + tie look:

1.  Start with a base of a button-down shirt and a pair of straight leg jeans.
2.  Slip on a tie over your button-down shirt.  For a more youthful look, try a tie in a narrow width.
3.  Add on a cardigan sweater.  Bonus points for interesting colors or patterns.
4.  Finish off the look with a pair of tailored oxford shoes and a sophisticated messenger bag.

How would you wear a cardigan and a tie?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Men, Ready Made Outfits

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathleen  |  May 13th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    The two of them were in “Manic” (2001) together and made a pretty good pair–I’ll check out this new movie as well.

  • 2. Trisha  |  May 13th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    They definitely have good chemistry. I believe the film is coming out in July - a bit of a wait, but I appreciated the characters, the storyline, and the overall look of the film. Hope you enjoy it too!

  • 3. Jesse  |  August 31st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I’ve been sporting this look for about two years now, and I’ve loved every minute of it. One of my personal favorite looks is this: dark bootcut denim, khaki button-down, a vintage red paisley narrow tie (2 3/4″ wide), gray cardigan, and a heavy knit black shawl collar over that. Finish it off with a brown leather bag and some classic Converse (I’m addicted- I have 8 pairs) or oxfords. People love it everywhere I go. It’s so effortlessly cool, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t wear it.

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