Patrik Ervell Cardigan

Throw out your ideas about grandpa sweaters. Designer Patrik Ervell's sleek take on the cardigan adds a few subtle flash points – matte snap buttons, a reinforced nylon-tape placket that peeks out – to the retirement-home staple. This sweater serves as a reminder that the shawl-collar cardigan of the early 20th century was a forward-thinking look: It married military efficiency with the louche Victorian smoking jacket. Ervell's sweater is structured enough to sub for a blazer, but in soft and warm Peruvian alpaca wool it's much cozier. You may not look like Steve McQueen, but you'll look more like Steve McQueen. [Patrik Ervell Cardigan, $345;]