On long sweaters

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to talk to an Italian follower. He voiced his biggest ‘pet-peeve’: long sweaters. This is only a problem when you like to wear high-rise trousers. Because you have to incorporat the rest of your outfit with it. Sweaters are the hardest to match with high-rise trousers. Why? Well because most of the sweaters out there are way too long. I myself am struggling with this problem and I haven’t found a clear answer. Let’s dive in!

So this is what I mean by a long sweater:

This sweater would be alright when worn with a low-rise trouser. As you know that’s not my thing. So my trouser is at the point where my hands are. In other words, they cover too much trouser. This defeats the purpose of high-rise trousers and I feel like wading in an overload of wool.

What can you do to alive this problem?

So I folded the fabric over itself so it stays at the natural waist. This is the only option when you don’t want to shorten them. Yet the body is still baggy.

The best option would be vintage sweaters made when everyone wore high-rise trousers. I don’t own any real vintage sweaters. I don’t have the time to search. If you are like me I have some viable options to consider:

Drumohr the sweaters I have from them are shorter than anything else. Try them on first though! Because not every line has the same fit.
They also are more fitted and will work really well when you want that 1930’s vibe. Some even have wide hems! You can find them at Frans Boone, Farfetch, their own store, even Yoox has them sometimes. Again make sure you try them on or look at the measurements. Not all are shaped equally!

Another great alternative is Zanone, I have only one sweater from them but it’s also pretty short, not as short as Drumohr but definitely on the shorter side. They are pretty expensive though, but the quality is top-notch. You can find them at Frans Boone, Farfetch, Pauw and Yoox
The same is true for Zanone, there is a lot of variability in size.

Jamieson’s of Shetland (see picture) is pretty baggy and long. I didn’t wash them yet. So I expect them to shrink a little bit. If it’s not enough I definitely will soak them in warm water to shrink them a bit more. A risky business though, but worth a try (will give an update). But if you are looking for that ivy-style look you will not get disappointed. I think while they are baggy and too long, still make an interesting look. You can get them at END

But I think there is no real substitute for the real thing, just look at those pictures:

But there are also ‘vintage’ examples of a more loose fit, the way I wore my sweater:

As you can see not every sweater was short and fitted. So just rock yours and don’t be too distracted by the length or the fit. There is a time and place for a baggy or a fitted one. I would say that a fitted sweater will be a more formal look while a baggier one will work well with a more casual outfit.

There is one thing though that will set a ‘vintage’ sweater apart from a more recent one. The way it was knitted, as you can see from the examples above they sometimes have an intricate knitting pattern. Something you don’t see too often these days. I think that it adds a lot of character to the sweater, but at the same time, it will also make for a more ‘dated/vintage’ look. Something you may not want. I certainly want to try it, but I also know that I will not wear it that often. What I like though is the wide ‘elastic’ bands at the waist and at the wrists.

So what do you like? Do you like the baggier ones like the Shetland sweaters ala Ivy-style. Or are you more a 1930’s/1940’s guy that wants that shorter trimmer look?

If you want to read more on the topic I would like to refer you to the excellent blog from StreetxSprezza: Click here

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