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A Fine Gauge Sweater

It's your key to a sharper (and reliably sweat-free) spring layering technique.

X-Ray Evidence of Maximum Breathability.

Spring is fast approaching, and with it comes the prickly task of dressing for unpredictable weather. When things suddenly shift from frigid to balmy to blustery, how’s a guy to deal? Dress in layers. And start with a fine gauge sweater.

First things first: When we say “fine gauge,” we’re talking about the size of the yarn. Or more specifically: the number of needles (basically, “stitches”) per inch of fabric. A fine gauge has a higher number, meaning the yarn is thinner and the final product less bulky.

This kind of knit makes for a sweater that’s one of the most important layering pieces a guy can own. Lightweight and breathable, it still provides just enough insulation to keep things comfortable when the temperature drops. So while it’s warm enough to stave off the early morning chill, you aren’t in danger of overheating by midday.

You want something simple and versatile, so crewnecks, V-necks, and cardigans in merino, cashmere, or a cotton/cashmere blend are all fair game. Color is a matter of personal preference, of course, but you can’t go wrong with a dark tan or navy.  Above all, don’t forget about fit. Make sure it’s slim: Because a fine gauge sweater is inherently less bulky, a looser one will hang awkwardly and bunch under other layers.  You want to be able to wear a jacket over it without looking like the Michelin Man.

Wear it with…well, pretty much anything (though a Harrington and a pair of chinos are a solid bet), and you’re sorted. Now layer up, and get ready to face spring’s meteorological mood swings head on.

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  1. Brian says:

    are you trying to bore the Internet to death?

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