How To Wear Custom Sweaters

When you were wearing suits every day, it was easier to get dressed. Suits and even sport coat and trouser combinations follow a formula. Jacket + pants + shirt = outfit. Given that COVID-19 has imposed a more casual dress code on many of us, the rules have changed. Nowadays, it’s important to know how to wear custom sweaters in a professional context.

How To Style Custom Knits

man wears dark blue custom sweaterWe went over the different styling details for our custom knits in a previous post, so we won’t do that here. Below, we’ll go over a couple of ways to get different looks from our custom sweaters and polos.


Though sweaters are inherently a bit casual they can give off a dressy image when you take the right style and pair it strategically with other garments. Your starting point should be, “What style of sweater am I wearing?” Dressier sweaters tend to be high-gauge cashmere or merino wool, which has a finer finish and a smoother look than a chunky sweater. The following styles tend to look best for dressy outfits:

  • V-neck
  • Cardigan
  • Sweater vest

man models custom cardigan sweaterAgain, a high-gauge knit will give you a smooth, sophisticated look and feel. That’s great, but there’s more to dressiness than the garment itself – you need to coordinate them with the right pieces. The key is to pair these with dressier items: dress trousers instead of jeans, and dress shirts and ties.


Just as adding pattern and texture to a suit cloth will make it more casual, the same happens when using a lower gauge knit on a sweater. The added thickness and texture gives you a decidedly casual look that you can wear for anything from a Zoom call to a casual, socially-distanced dinner out. The following styles tend to be the best-looking as casual sweaters:

  • Chunky cardigan
  • Turtle neck
  • Cable knit crew neck

What do you pair these styles of sweater with? Our custom jeans are a great starting point, of course. Corduroys and twill pants are other options, as are casual shirts, such as polos and soft plaids.

A Word On Necklines

white crew neck with v neck sweaterMen don’t often pay attention to their necklines – it tends to be a womenswear concept when talking about dresses. Still, it’s important for men, specifically as it relates to your t-shirt choice. You don’t want your undershirt neckline competing with that of your sweater.

We’ll keep things easy – with the exception of a clean crew neck t-shirt under a v-neck sweater, it’s always best to opt for a v-neck undershirt. The reason for this is that this neckline runs the least risk of competing with the neckline of your sweater. Even in the case of something like a cardigan which would expose the neck of any t-shirt, the v-neck is still superior. Angular lines add an element of sharpness, muscularity, and strength (associated with masculinity), while curved lines (like a crew neck) create a softer and more comforting look, which is often associated more with femininity.

Parting Thoughts

We hope this helps you in terms of how to wear custom sweaters. Are you ready to take your casual wardrobe to the next level? We’re here for you, virtually or in person. Call us at 215-310-0219 or email info@henrydavidsen.com to start a conversation. The time is now!

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