Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Everyone loves a nice, zipped sweatshirt, but when you wanna dress things up a notch there is no better way than swapping out that sweatshirt for a sweater. While full-zip cardigans don’t excite everyone, they’re a fun accouterment for your work attire, or when you’re going out for an evening on the town.
1) Arpenteur: Deco Zip Cardigan
Arpenteur’s Deco Zip Cardigan is a truly unique piece. Made from 100% wool, this cardigan features a boxy fit, two large patch pockets, ribbing and the collar and cuffs, and a two-way zipper with leather tassel. If you wanna stay warm this winter without needing a bulky jacket, this piece is a great option.
Available for $259 from End Clothing.
2) Pike Brothers: 1943 C2 Sweater
The 1943 C2 Sweater from Pike Brothers is a cardigan sweater version of traditional A2 flight jacket, with details such as wide ribbing at the hem, collar, and cuffs. It features a single front hand pocket and Talon zipper, and is constructed in a slim fit to make this cardigan as wearable and layerable as possible.
Available for $196 from Cultizm.
3) Andersen-Andersen: Full-Zip Sweater
Andersen-Andersen is quickly becoming one of the hottest knitwear brands, and their Full-Zip Sweater shows exactly why. Made in Italy from 100% merino wool, this sweater feature two hand pockets, two-way YKK zipper, and thumb-holes at the wrist. It’s available in many colors, so be careful—once you buy one you may soon find yourself with a closetful.
Available for $395 from Division Road.
4) Devold of Norway: Nansen Cardigan
If you’re anything like me you love the comfort of a turtleneck sweater, and Devold of Norway’s Nansen Cardigan matches a full-zip cardigan sweater with a turtleneck style. Made of 100% wool, this sweater is warm and could easily replace many lighter jackets, as is the case for many of the sweaters on this list.
Available for $335 from J.Crew.
5) SNS Herning: Fisherman Full Zip
SNS Herning’s Fisherman Full Zip sweater features SNSH’s iconic bubble knit texture designed to give warmth regardless of location, even if on a ship in the wind and water. This version of the sweater has a full zip front, tall collar, and bubbles on the chest of the garment. They’re made in Latvia of 100% new wool, ensuring the sweaters are as warm and soft as you expect.
Available for €225 from SNS Herning.
Plus One – Brioni: Cashmere/Cotton Zip-Up Cardigan
Brioni’s Cashmere/Cotton Zip-Up Cardigan is pricey, but you get a lot of sweater for the money. Made from a 50%/50% cashmere/cotton blend, this sweater features a two-way zip sweater, two front hand pockets, and made in Italy quality. While the style isn’t for everyone, and the price all but prohibitive, this piece is something special, and will hopefully find a home in the right wardrobe.
Available for $1950 from Mr. Porter.