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How To Button A Cardigan – Men’s Style Rules

Men's Style Guides
Friday, 12th February, 2021

How to Button A Cardigan Correctly

I do really like to wear a button up cardigan. I think they’re stylish, and you can create so many outfits wearing them.

A lot of the time you’ll want to fasten it, but what’s the etiquette?

This is how to button a cardigan correctly, and be stylish at the same time.

The rules for buttoning a cardigan can be thought of as the same as the rules for buttoning a jacket.

That is, you leave the top button undone, and the last button undone.

When fastening my cardigan, I have left the top and bottom buttons undone which I think looks more stylish.

Leaving the bottom button undone does has a function. This is for when your standing up and sitting down, so the bottom of the cardigan is cut away and is less likely to bulge.

There’s not really a reason to have the top button undone, but I think it looks better. Having the button undone just gives off a little bit more style and mystique to your outfit.

You can of course button a cardigan all the way up, but most of the time I don’t.

You can also wear it fully open, if you want to show off your under layer more or wear it almost like a jacket.

Close up of button up cardigan

And there you have it! That’s how to button a cardigan correctly. These are the small style rules that can elevate your outfit from looking good to looking great.

Feel free to check out more of my style guides if you’re looking for tips on how to dress better.


Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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