As I mentioned in my last post, here’s the next Q&A Quickie in my series of readers’ questions. As in my previous article, this comes from an anonymous source, though this time via my Tumblr stream. The question? Quite simply:

Should I button up a cardigan all the way?

The answer to which is fairly simple. While the top button of your cardigan should be clasped as normal, your bottom button should remain undone.

cardigans shouldn't have the last button done up

The reasoning is two-fold. Firstly, it looks too formal – like a formal waistcoat/vest – and secondly, it will crease awkwardly when you take a seat, with the garment ‘spreading’ outwards. This leads on to another a question that I’m often asked:

Should I wear a cardigan?

The answer to which is a resounding, “Yes!”

Cardigans are a great alternative to a jacket, particularly during the cooler calendar months. They are ideal when it comes to layering your clothing, particularly if you choose to wear a lighter weight fabric. Just remember to avoid anything too thick or bulky; those with a chunkier frame should definitely stay away from anything too heavy.

Finally, always shun those traditionally tailored cardigans you associate with your grandparents; it’s not too difficult to find form-fitting garments in most high-street stores nowadays, and lightweight wool or cashmere can be purchased relatively cheaply.

As always, you can get in touch if you have any questions you would like answered and shared with the rest of the globe; you can either use the contact page, or alternatively drop me a line via my Tumblr page.

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.