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Ode to Arnie: Five cardigans The King would love

September 13, 2014

After celebrating Arnold Palmer's 85th birthday we thought it'd be appropriate to commemorate the King's classic style with a salute to his most iconic sweater -- the cardigan.

The Cardigan sweater was originally conceived as a naval knitwear piece and was first popularized in the mid-1850s when tales of Major General James Bundell and his fleet's defeat of the Russians at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War spread across the British Empire. Major General Bundell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, is the namesake for the 160-year-old soldier style.

The cardigan sweater remains a menswear mainstay and has a place in every man's closet. Dig back in to the Arnie achieve and you'll find tons of shots of the stud on and off the course in cardigan sweaters. Throw yours over a T-shirt and some jeans or layer it under a suit. Either way, check out five of our favorite sweaters and try adding a cardigan into your rotation for fall.


__J. Crew Merino Wool Navy Cardigan



]( basic that will never go out of style, layer this in everywhere from the office to the course to the bar.


Uniqlo Merino Wool Gray Sailor Stripe


Naval stripes are still on trend for fall and this banded cardigan fits right in.


J. Lindeberg Wool/Silk Solid


The king of sharp style brings it again with this wool and silk stone-colored blend.


Puma Teal Full Zip


Puma executes the modern take on the classic cardigan in a pop color and a zip front.


__Joe Fresh Cashmere Retro Button Front


If you're trying to channel the vintage vibe and go old school Arnold, rock this mustard sweater with some navy chinos and you're all set.