The Cardigan, Part I

cardigan1Location: Basilique

The cardigan, we’ve been told, really came into its own via the influence of the Prince of Wales. Albert Edward, etc., that would be. Future Edward VII. From his earliest days in his sailor suit, he was quite the trend setter, and many of the styles we take for granted as the norm in the 1920s and beyond were set in motion as standards by that other Bertie.

Bertie, future Ed. Seventh, took to wearing a cardigan on the golf course, we understand. A pair of golfing plus fours would be grand with this, if such a thing existed in world, but perhaps not here in the Lago region of northern Italy where our Bertie, escutcheon of the Woosters, is sojourning for a spot of restorative mid-winter mild climate.


Cardigan ~ Fatal, Duover Cardigan in brown

Trousers ~ Asteria MensWear, Broderick pants, brown

Shirt ~ Kauna XIV in white striped

Tie ~ Adjunct, Classic Bow Tie, plaids collection

Cap ~ Argrace Hunting with “Very short” hair in light brown, color-change cap

Boots ~ Hoorenbeek, Ray Ray

Dressed for L$1519

Resources Consulted

Vintage Dancer — History of 1920s Men’s Sweaters, Pullovers, Cardigans



  1. ” A pair of golfing plus fours would be grand with this, if such a thing existed in world”

    It does exist. It’s called the Swank Sporting Suit and it is quite complete — shoes, argyle socks, bow tie, shirt and suit with both long pants and plus-fours. Swank Bros, Doc’s Men’s Wear, Steelhead Harborside (87,32,28).


    1. We appreciate the Swank “sporting suit” as approximating both a Norfolk jacket and a plus four, and have generally recommended them as a purveyor of non-mesh, period appropriate raiment. We would, however, like to see a well crafted mesh version, and would particularly like to see righteously billowy plus fours, as might be seen on a Bobby Jones or Walter Hagen.


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