A simple way to dress up a sweater is to wear it over a button-up collared shirt. Doing so creates a dynamic look in which color from both garments is revealed. Additionally, the shirt collar will “pop up” through the sweater. However, there’s a wrong way and a right way to pull this off. So, if you’re looking to wear a sweater over a button-up shirt this winter, consider the following tips.
Choose a V-Neck Sweater
As you may already know, different sweaters have different cuts. The crew cut, for instance, has the least amount of space in the neck, whereas the v-cut has a v-shaped cut in the neck. Because it’s more open, v-neck sweaters are typically the best choice for this outfit. The problem with crew cut sweaters is that your shirt collar may not fit through the top. So, stick with a v-neck sweater if you want to wear it over a button-up shirt.
Press the Collar
It’s also a good idea to press your shirt collar so it’s not wrinkled or otherwise messy-looking. When wearing a sweater over a button-up shirt, the shirt collar will become a main focal point. If it’s wrinkled, it’s not going to exactly help your appearance. You can quickly eliminate most collar wrinkles by going over the fabric with a hot steam iron. Alternatively, you can take your shirt to a nearby dry cleaners.
Don’t Wear Double Patterns
There’s noting wrong with wearing a patterned button-up shirt or a patterned sweater. However, you shouldn’t wear both. If your outfit features pattern on pattern, it look awkward and unflattering. To prevent this from happening, stick with either a single pattern or two solid colors.
Hide Your Undershirt
It’s not uncommon for guys to wear an undershirt underneath their button-up shirt. If it’s cold outside, for instance, an extra layer such as this can provide invaluable warmth and comfort. But if you’re going to wear an undershirt, make sure it’s not visible through the top of your collar. Only the collar from your button-up shirt should be visible, not your undershirt.
Check the Sleeves
Finally, check the length of your shirt sleeves to ensure they aren’t too long. Ideally, they should extend just slightly past your sweater sleeves. If they are any longer, the look won’t flow with your sweater. The good news is that you can often tuck your sleeves in to make them fit.