The argument for the cardigan is that it perfectly frames its wearer, no matter what life has afforded the soul that puts it on. The cardigan can be a magnifying glass of sorts: the person who is rough around the edges tends to rock a tattered cardigan, and the person who keeps their house in order (literally and figuratively) tends to appear in a well-manicured cardigan, proving that their organizational prowess isn’t lost on their closet.
This is probably because cardigans are fairly delicate, especially for such a functional garment. And because of that utility, they get a lot of wear, which puts that delicate nature to the test. The cardigan has been worn by some of the coolest of the cool (Miles Davis & Lightening Hopkins), the most troubled (Kurt Cobain), the biggest slobs (Lebowski), and the most gentle among us (Mr. Rogers), and in each and every case what you get is written on the tin.
In that blank canvas spirit, Levi’s Vintage Clothing’s Bay Meadows sub-brand issues this robust 100% wool cardigan with dual pockets, a six-button front, and ribbed cuffs — perfect for you to mold in the image of your own.
Available for $239 at Oi Polloi.