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I think it’s difficult for men to style cardigans the right way. They don’t wear them as often as they do sweaters and sometimes it can get a little confusing when figuring out what kind of T-shirt it should be paired with. Usually a plain T-shirt looks best, especially when the cardigan is patterned. However, today’s Fashionisto showed me that a collared dress shirt can complement a patterned cardigan even better than a plain T-shirt.

Today’s Fashionisto rocked an amazing Aztec print cardigan from H&M. The different patterns and fall color scheme in the cardigan are what originally caught my eye. But when I looked over his outfit again, I was so impressed with the way he styled his cardigan. By keeping it buttoned and exposing only a small part of his pale blue dress shirt, his outfit looked polished. I also appreciated that his collar was white while the rest of his shirt was blue; it was a small detail that made his look even more stylized.

He made a smart decision by keeping his pants and shoes simple, as the top half of the outfit is what he wanted to stand out. To get a similar look, try these corduroy pants by Polo Ralph Lauren and these loafers from Sperry Top-Sider. Corduroy pants are simple but still add a more interesting texture than plain khaki pants. They are also a perfect fall and winter trend to try.

Try wearing an Aztec cardigan this season. It’s the perfect thing to throw on over a T-shirt or a casual dress shirt as today’s Fashionisto exemplified. It will create a different feel to an outfit that might have been boring before.

Hint: Many Aztec cardigans are fairly expensive, like the one from H&M, but try this one from K-Mart designed by Adam Levine as a more affordable alternative.


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