fall 2012 fashion trends for men – nordic sweaters

[ 0 ] August 17, 2012 |

Fall is just around the corner so it’s time we looked into what’s going to be hot in men’s fashion when the temperature starts to drop. For Fall/Winter 2012, our first fashion trend for men is an old favorite, the Nordic sweater.

Originally made in the sheep’s natural colors, black and/or white, Nordic sweaters – sometimes referred to as Alpine or Norway sweaters – soon became highly decorated. Legend says that pretty Nordic girls would knit elaborate versions and gift them to men they hoped to wed. We should all be so lucky.

Paul & Frank Fair Isle Zip Sweater

Price: $379.99
Available at Destination XL

Featuring a quarter zip and the trademark band of detail, this high quality wool sweater is ideal for aprés-ski or just running around town.


Dale of Norway Nordfjord Sweater

Price: $317.95 (with free two-day shipping)
Available at: Backcountry.com

A slight departure from the style, but the amount of Norway in this sweater is too strong to leave out. Reminiscent of the vintage Spyder ski sweaters of the 70s and 80s, this is guaranteed to be a hit in the chalet.

Gucci Pattern Sweater

Price: $951.45
Available online at: Saks Fifth Avenue

Not sure if a $1000 Gucci version is really in keeping with the original idea of an Everyman Nordic sweater, but it shows that the fashion world likes them. The pattern was traditionally knit only along the chest because the Norwegians wore them tucked deep down into big their baggy pants.


Woolrich Idlewild Nordic Sweater

Price: $49.40
Note: Save 20% with coupon code
ALDOGDAYS2 (exp. 09/06/12)
Available at Sierra Trading Post.

Featuring the classic snowflake motif, this is perfect for raking leaves, sipping cocoa by the fire, having a snowball fight or any other stereotypically seasonal activities. At less than $50 the price is very right.


Armani Collezioni Shawl Collar Sweater

Price: $441.93
Available online at Saks Fifth Avenue

Admittedly, this sweater doesn’t have the band of detail that a true Nordic sweater requires. However, the double-breasted cut – tucked into the pants – makes this chap look not only pretty ridiculous, but a lot like the mountaineering Alpinists of yesteryear. Gå Norge!

Of course, for a really authentic, old-school feel, you can always go vintage. Etsy has a pretty fantastic collection of vintage Nordic sweaters for sale. Here’s a few of my favourites:

Do you have an old Norway sweater in a drawer somewhere? This is the season to get it back into rotation!

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