Six Ways to Wear Sweaters Like a Stylish Gentleman

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Sweaters have long been the mecca item of throw-on-and-go outfits, resigning women everywhere to equate this easy menswear look with an abandoned effort to dress up. Fret not, ladies – we’ve laid out six outfits to turn this classic college look into a classy one.

1. Iris of Fashion Zen Blog


If you’re not ready for the full-on GQ man makeover, you can start off with baby (boy) steps with fun printed sweaters. This adorable Bart Simpson print injects just enough youth into an otherwise stiff look. Crank up the casual factor by pairing it with ripped skinny jeans, Doc Martens and a bright beanie.

Shop her look: doc-martens-mango-jeremyJeremy Pullover with Round Neckline, $21.75 (before: $29) / Mango Skinny Ripped Jean, £34.99 / Doc Martens Leyton Leather Sneaker, $80

2. Nory of Mes Memos Photoblog


If you’re more the effeminate type of man, then soft silhouettes are probably more your thing. A knit sweater pulled over a floral print shirt, and paired with ripped boyfriend jeans create the perfect femme feel without straying too far from the menswear arena. Finish the look off with off-white oxfords or wingtips.

Shop her look:

Doc-Martens-Vila-Johnny-Was-ChoiesVila Knitted Jumper, £17.50 (before: £45.00) / Johnny Was Women’s Stacy A Print Top, $78.84 (before: $178) / Choies High Waist Jeans With Cut Out, $39.50 (before: $78.99) / Doc Martens 1461 in Off White, $89.95 (before: $104.95)

3. Ebba of Ebba Zingmark


Throw on an updated chic streetwear look by substituting your usual jeans with printed trousers, such as these vertical striped pair. Play around with statement sweaters to offset the formal prints.Tuck your pant hems into high-cut ridged boots for an effortlessly masculine finish. Beanies and statement earrings are a plus.

Shop her look:

Suno-Acne-I-Love-ShoesAcne Studios Lupine Sleeves Intarsia Wool Sweater, $248 (before: $353) / Suno Cropped Navy Striped Pants, $208 (before: $695) / I Love Shoes Thactile, €59

4. Michèle of The Fashion Fraction


This look is definitely more lenient when it comes to feminine elements. Combine a soft, oversized turtleneck knit with a draped skirt and chunky wooden heels. Add structure to the entire look by throwing on a tailored coat and a fedora hat.

Shop her look:

Zuvia-Larose-Queste-TopshopZuvia Marled Turtleneck Sweater, $139.60 (before: $425) / Topshop Boyfriend Tailored Coat by Jovonnista, £95 / Larose Fedora Hat, £111.60 (before: £186) / Senso Queste in Black Kid, $219.95 (before: $259.95)

5. Doina of The Golden Diamonds


This is one of our favorite androgynous throw-and-go Alexa Chung-inspired looks. While a sweater paired with an A-line skirt and leather shoes may not exactly be groundbreaking, we love the play on colors in this ensemble. Combine formal colors with fun hues, such as this navy blue and mint green combination, for a fresh take on this classic. Don’t forget your fedora.

Shop her look:

Steffen-Schraut-10-Crosby-Derek-Lam-TopshopTopshop Knitted Chunky Bobble Jumper, £36.00 / Steffen Schraut Soho Skirt in Navy, £145 / 10 Crosby Derek Lam Pointed Toe Smoking Flats in Arty, $177 (before, $295)

6. Jane of Sneak + Peak


Nothing says handsome more like a good leather jacket pair (okay, maybe a perfectly-fitted suit puts up a mean fight for the crown as well). Wear your leather over a soft print sweater to balance out the boy-girl feel. You may opt to layer another shirt underneath to play around with textures, taking it even further with a good pair of acid washed jeans. Finish the look with a gold accented pair of boots.

Shop her look:

Acne-Zara-Nasty-Gal-Jeffrey-CampbellAcne Studios Long Sleeve Sweater, $430 / Zara Front Bib Shirt, $49.90 / Can’t Fade Me Skinny Jeans, $58.00 / Jeffrey Campbell Deloise Boot,

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