In 2013’s Lone Survivor, rookie Navy SEAL Shane Patton, portrayed by 22-year-old actor Alexander Ludwig, showed up in fighting shape and ready for action. Nonetheless, he was ordered to hang back while the more seasoned SEALs (played by more seasoned actors like Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch) set out on Operation Red Wings. For Ludwig, who’s since picked up a central role in History’s critically acclaimed series Vikings and top-billed spots in films like 2014’s When the Game Stands Tall, it was a fitting parallel with his blossoming career.
“It’s been really important for me to be patient and just keep honing my craft,” Ludwig says just moments after shooting a scene for his next project, the upcoming Go with Me, in which he stars alongside Hollywood heavyweights Anthony Hopkins and Ray Liotta. For Ludwig, it’s just the kind of action he’s been waiting for. “We just blew up a meth lab. It’s freakin’ awesome!” he says. “It feels like I’m finally on the mission.”
The trick to dressing for spring, with its warm days and chilly nights, is versatility, both in function and appearance. Our recommendation: a lightweight sweater, like this neohippy cardigan from John Varvatos’ Spring 2015 collection, which can be paired with virtually anything.
“Usually I stay away from wearing wintery clothing in the summer and vice versa, but I always like going a little out of my comfort zone, and this cardigan is really light and fits very well,” Ludwig says. “I’ve always been a huge fan of John Varvatos.”
“Cardigans are becoming the next best thing to a sport coat for versatility,” explains the designer himself. “They can easily be dressed up or worn more casually with henleys or tank tops. Sweaters, especially cardigans, are ideal for spring, when we have warmer days, but the temperature drops at night. Lightweight and open-weave cardigans, like this one, are perfect for this weather and still give that effortlessly cool look.”
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