Fall/Winter Etiquette: The Shawl Collar Pullover General Style 63 Comments

Travis Gumbs: One of my favorite aspects of the cold weather is the ability to layer and wear heavier clothing. You can do so much more, sartorially speaking, in colder weather. The shawl neck pullover, one of my favorites last winter, hasn’t lost any of its popularity this season. It’s the perfect midpoint between a crew neck sweater and a cardigan that lets you maintain a classy look. Most shawl collars are wool and harbor good warmth. The ability to easily seesaw between casual and dressy looks is the most appealing aspect of the piece. You can pair it with jeans or sweats as easily as you can layer with a shirt and tie. Pieces like this are key in keeping a balanced, clutter-free closet of optimum efficiency.

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The shawl I’m sporting is Rugby. The fit is perfect and the suede elbow patches add a bit of character. The hat is the same 8-panel BKc hat that I did a post on this spring. It’s certainly surely grown on me; I wear it just about everyday. The boots are old Clarks dessert boots but accessorized with some vintage leather gaiters to add some flair.

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Joshua Kissi: When it comes to headwear, this vintage sailor’s cap has to be among my favorite thrift store finds. The bold color palette and pattern are what caught my eye when I came across it. This jacket is all about the details. The corduroy collar, button snap closures, and double pockets all play a big part in my fondness for the piece. Our good friend and fellow blogger Jazzi Mcgilbert gifted the jacket  to me from her thrifting ventures in Arizona.

The shawl collar pullover is the perfect piece for the fall and winter months. Travis shows this versatility by layering with it other pieces and also wearing it by itself.

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Photos by R.Walker

The shawl neck sweater is one of those pieces that is known for its role as a collegiate staple. Many athletes and students sported these sweaters in the mid-1900s. Below is a picture dated 1922 of a student wearing a unique letterman version of this fine garment.


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  • Jules

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    I really want one in grey!

  • Prêt à Porter P

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    Living in a tropical climate I know what you mean about being able to do more when the temperatures drop. The pullover is quite nice, especially with the elbow patches. Also cool jeans too, I like the coated slightly shinny texture. The gaiters are a nice touch too.

  • Doneiver

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    Shot in Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon no less! How did you decide on the location?

  • Tom

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    Really brilliant. The combo of the waistcoat and the shawl collar is genius, never would have thought of that. Also, the gaiters? I’ve never seen a pair, is there going to e a piece about them and their history? Great work.

  • Mateo

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    I’m a big fan of Shawl cardigans. I wear it all the time during the cold weather. It’s a little annoying when I have to wear a coat over it ’cause it makes it look bulky. You really pulled off the leather gaiters…definitely not for everyone.

  • Neef @ACLeagueLow

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    The entire fit is brillant, but i think the leather gaiters were a spazzy addtion to it. It gives the fit a bit more edge since you are wearing black. The shawl sweater is defitnitely become a staple for the fall/winter. For the ACL fall lookbook, my acl brother Craig wore a green cashmere shawl cardigan by Ralph Lauren. Great post Trav, my second favorite by yourself

    Hanif Castle of ACL

  • Voice of Reason

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    Y’all have to be kidding me. That gaiters look is the wackest thing I’ve seen in a long time… Respect for taking the risk man, but it did not pay off imo…

  • jmeel

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    Big fan of the shawl. This overall look is fantastic and respect for rockin’ the gaiters

  • LOVE

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    “Y’all have to be kidding me. That gaiters look is the wackest thing I’ve seen in a long time… Respect for taking the risk man, but it did not pay off imo…”

    Yea, what he said. Gaiters and the right pair of boots along with the right pair of jeans doesn’t even work all the time. Man this all the way off like leather UGGS with a shinguard.

  • Frais

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    Great post love the look, I cant get enough of shawl collars… And that collegiate one is beautiful.
    But as far as the gaiters … No. Lol
    It looks like u lost ur horse… Like your stuck in the middle of modern version of Red Dead Revolver.

  • Laura

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    This entire look is fantastic, and I know the post is about the shawl collar, but the gaiters really steal the show. They are amazing, and now I want some for myself. Well done.


  • Seb

        posted on December 9 , 2010 :

    all about the gaiters, very smart….

  • James Lum

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    Lovin the whole shebang. I actually almost ordered that sweater in gray a few days ago, and those gaiters are badass. Where did they come from??

  • Mr. Goodwill Hunting

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    These sweaters are certainly becoming an iconic staple in the moden man’s wardrobe. I have two as we speak. I dont wear them often as I am suited most of the time. This is a good look.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  • Courtney Chenard

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    shawl collar + elbow patches = PURCHASE!!!!

    ::Great investment piece to have…you will wear it forever and you #Classic::

    –Courtney Chenard

  • Mr Director

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    I love this look the Shawl and specially the Gaiters did it for me. Don’t pay attention to those who say it looked bad, originality at it’s best my hats off to you for this thanks for the inspiration!

  • Micah

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    My father really got me into the Shawl collar, regardless of sweater or cardigan. He also loves Polo so Trav’s outfit really stands out that much more. Very clean and simple, totally my style. It may be because of my lack of sartorial experience, but I’m still not sure I understand the gaiters. Could be because I’ve never really seen them before.

  • Mark Pereyra

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    I also agree with Micah, I don’t have much knowledge on gaiters, but pairing them with dessert boots is a dope idea. Something you don’t see too often, and Travis pulls it off really well.


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  • Kadeen J.

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    TRAVVVVVV I already told you how I feel about those boots man illl!!
    Great post bros

  • Kristopher

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    Great post gents. I’m am loving the shawl collar right now and have been making a serious effort to add more of them to my wardrobe. Leather gaitors like the ones Trav is sportin are part of my dress uniform for school (I attend Canada’s military academy) so I could never see myself wearing them in my day-to-day life. That being said hes somehow pullin them off. The sailors cap that you’re wearin is also somethin I could never pull off myself, but yet again, you manage to rock it (very jim brown of you by the way haha http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/07/01/amd_jim-brown.jpg

    Keep up the great work! the shots are spot on here as well!

  • Itoro Udoko

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    Great post guys. I’m feeling the entire outfit. Both outfits. The elbow patches. The sailors hat. The newsboys cap. Everything but the gaiters. As a matter of fact, I don’t like the gaiters at all. But that’s the great thing about fashion and personal style. Not everyone agrees. There’s nothing objective about it. I definitely admire the creativity and the change of pace. And though I don’t like the gaiters, no love lost. Some people clearly love them. Some people are on the fence. Some people dislike them entirely. I’m about right between on the fence and disliking them entirely, but leaning towards the latter lol.

    Like I said though, you guys are definitely contemporary style icons and are steadily changing the game.

  • Itoro Udoko

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    I’ve decided that perhaps I would like them more if you had on different bottoms. It almost seems that the nature of the jeans makes them look almost leather-like when paired with the gaiters. And I don’t know how I feel about leather pants lol.

  • Jerry

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    What is purpose of gaiters? I’ve never seen such an accessory before.

  • P

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    So i usually find you boy’s attire on point, but im a little bit disappointed with this post.

    not to be disrespectful or anything, and obviously this is all party of personal style, we will never agree. but i feel like trav you just tried too hard, your look would be SO much cleaner minus the vest and hat, which would accentuate your gaiters (which are dope). I need a pair of those nudies and the elbow pads add so much to the shirt.

    As for the second look, its almost winter.. the ankle hemmed pants are out of season, would be much more appropriate with a slim khaki to accentuate the collar or your jacket, and take some clash away from the pants and (awesome) boot, it would make the boot pop out.

    my 2 cents.

  • P

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    forgot to mention how awesome your jewlery is tho.

  • Joanne Petit-Frere

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    yes.yes! YES :) ! loving it guys…and trav..those shoes are stuunning *_*

  • Unyime Akpanudosen

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    Frequent reader, not so much commenter lol but let me just say you both are doing well! I don’t see and issue with Trav’s leather gaiters. They remind me of a lower-cut, more practical version of the Rider (riding) Boot by design. Anywho a big congrats as I tweeted you about the NPR interview. Good to see namely Joshua throwing in some African accents from our heritage in some of his looks. I’m trying to get people inspired about the up-kept style down on my end. The Somalian hat is not a bad fit at all as well if I might add. You two keep it up!
    Blessings from California

    Unyime Akpanudosen
    Expressions Realia

  • jen smith

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    What great outfits! You guys looks so handsome…I love the accessories you used…esp the hats…..


  • Joshua - SE

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    @Kristopher: Hey Kristopher thanks , I can see where practicability comes into play being as gaiters associated with a occupation/activity for you , but it can also be related to being enlisted in the army and wearing army boots. Most of the time guys who aren’t enlisted in the army are wearing military boots for style/fashion purposes, it’s where menswear takes a lot of its inspiration.

    Gaiter opinion – Love/Hate no middle ground it seems ( I love them btw)

    I think the fact that people are voicing their stance on the gaiters accessory shows the versatility of menswear, where some people could see it puzzling into their own style, and others not so much. The sites purpose was to never push or encourage readers to dress exactly like ourselves, just like anything you can grab what works for you and drop what doesn’t – a sort of inspiration board. Personally I think what Travis pulled off by adding the gaiters was very creative and adds a different aspect to his outfit than just wearing black desert boots alone. Menswear is no black/white picture let’s encourage creativity and imagination back into the style we have seen the traditional pictures we usually link back to for history , but where do we decipher where our genration comes in and reinterpreted the inspiration for generations ahead of us ?

  • Joshua - SE

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    @P: We definitely encourage personal opinion on the site, one of the main reasons there’s a comment section. When it comes to personal style there is so much discuss with varying opinions my brother. The pants that I have on are actually soft spun jeans from Lands End and they’re actually rolled up rather than hemmed/cropped. You may have misconstrued where I added tailored in parenthesis (which is partially my fault for not going into detail) , but I was actually referring to the pants fit from straight fit to a more tapered fit only having to do with width and not length of the pant. To change my pants to khakis would have still worked out given khaki neutral color palette in a safer situation, but I love the dark chestnut color jeans – all for clashing! . All personal preference / opinion of course thanks for dropping your 2 cents.

    @Joanne Petit-Frere: Thanks Jojo!

    @Unyime Akpanudosen: Thank you for the kind words King, you are doing a awesome job over at your site been viewing it for some time now, see the potent influence! There’s a certain duty I think we can bring to the table but just spicing it up a bit with some eccentricity if you feel so, kind of opens up your wardrobe to much more to mix into your style, I love it to be honest.

    Keep it up
    @jen smith: Thank you very much

  • Sebastien

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    You are currently my new obsession .
    i love your site and especially your style.
    I want this in paris.

  • Christy

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    Greetings from New Orleans. Just discovered the blog via the NPR interview. I have to say, I’m sorry it took me this long to discover it! Amazing looks guys, I’m excited to keep up with y’all!

  • TAC

        posted on December 10 , 2010 :

    I love the pull over shawl. I just bout cardi one, but I like this style a lot better.

  • Swan

        posted on December 11 , 2010 :

    Ugh, all we get is soggy here. And dressing for the rain is way less interesting than cold and snow. I destroy so many shoes! Besides that, those gaiters look great. I would never have thought to pair them with Clark’s. It actually gives them a robotic look. I need some gaiters.

  • Poetri

        posted on December 12 , 2010 :

    Travis, the outfit is well put together and the patchwork on the sleeves gives it a sophisticated and artistic look. I like Joshua’s kufi. As-Salamu Alaykum lol!

  • Swan

        posted on December 12 , 2010 :

    I’m back to talk about my perfect, perfect deep blue, thick, shawl collared wrap cardigan. Close fitting, and regal, and serious. That I gave away! Every time I see “shawl collar” I have a tiny heart attack. I will find another one! Take it easy with that word huh?

  • Jazzi M

        posted on December 12 , 2010 :

    You both look great as always! Trav – your newsboy is perfect and totally inspired me to pull out the one I have that an ex left at my apartment years ago. If only he had left a sick elbow patch cardigan like yours, too. And Josh – I knew that Pendleton jacket would find a perfect home on you. Giddy to see how you styled it and made it completely your own. The ways you both pull together so many different influences and references into your looks keeps me inspired. Now how do we get you guys to L.A. for some hang-time and shopping… winter layering is nice and all, but sunglasses an ocean breeze and Jazzi-time…

  • Justin

        posted on December 12 , 2010 :

    Amazing looks! I need to get myself one!

  • Istanbulboy

        posted on December 13 , 2010 :

    I love the 1922 photograph! Where did you find it? And totally agree with the pleasure of layers. Autumn and winter are my favourite fashion seasons for exactly that reason. Keep putting the layers on! Thanks as always!


  • Bruce x two

        posted on December 13 , 2010 :


    Sweet post! quick question for the both of you.. do you guys size down those clarks desert boots to fit properly? if so, how much?


  • Tobi

        posted on December 13 , 2010 :

    Those Leather gaiters are very innovative.

  • Courtney Chenard

        posted on December 14 , 2010 :

    Josh…. Sweater looks good Great and the coat is clean and simple but makes a great statement.

    ::Good investment pieces::

    –Courtney Chenard

  • Eligwe

        posted on December 14 , 2010 :

    Both are nice Sweater shawls….I love those Red Sebago boots. I definitely need a pair in my life

  • 519Lilow

        posted on December 14 , 2010 :

    I am in Switzerland. Ive been following the evoultion of Street Etiquette since its birth.

    I am coming to NYC in the very near future and I would absolutley love to meet you guys. Please drop me a line.

  • Christine

        posted on December 14 , 2010 :

    Digging those vintage gaiters Travis!

  • Damien

        posted on December 14 , 2010 :

    That vintage pendelton jacket is amazing!

  • Scottie

        posted on December 15 , 2010 :

    DANG!!!! Travis this one is BEYOND SICK! I have to try this one. My frat’s color’s are black and gold, so this is right on point. Y’all, please keep doing what you do. #inspiring

  • Martini

        posted on December 16 , 2010 :

    Love the shoes in the first photo. Would love them for myself.

  • niamh

        posted on December 17 , 2010 :

    You two gentlemen have such great style!!!
    It’s always inspiring to find men with an interest in their clothes and how they present themselves.
    Btw the gaiters are excellent.


  • Wrecked Stellar

        posted on December 18 , 2010 :

    I love the shawl collar on a guy- it’s very rich looking. I often find myself looking at Ralph Lauren ones for myself.

  • deea

        posted on December 20 , 2010 :

  • Citizette.com

        posted on December 20 , 2010 :

    Crazy! My boyfriend just bought a nearly identical sweater from Ralph Lauren (Polo not Rugby) in navy and was raving about it. It’s a great look for guys!

  • Shevah

        posted on December 20 , 2010 :

    I love the tan vest combined with the black sweater. Great combination. And the vintage sailors cap is amazingly detailed, its great.


  • Makyra P.

        posted on December 21 , 2010 :

    Travis- I applaud you for pulling off those Gaiters swell my friend!! *I’m seriously clapping*..they look good!
    N Josh- I’m jealous of the jacket…again she made a great find. The sailors hat is a great add on to the outfit

    Love the post…and ha bought my first shawl like last year; love it!
    Keep it up!

  • Sophia Clark

        posted on December 23 , 2010 :

    Hey! How much do you guys weight? What size jeans do you guys usually wear? Is everything tailored?

  • TheBlueEyedBoy

        posted on December 27 , 2010 :

    I love the black high boots and this black pullover !

  • Konrad

        posted on January 2 , 2011 :

    love the fact that you can see his pipe in his pocket

  • Daniel-Halifax

        posted on January 10 , 2011 :

    I know this comment is a month late, but I live in my shawl collar sweater. My favorite pairing is with my Patrik Ervell club-collar and a Scottish plaid tie!

    Curious: where is that beautiful art deco building located in the first picture?

  • DOUGLAS d.

        posted on January 10 , 2011 :

    I was just wondering where i could get those or any vintage leather gaiters, i think this post is excellent and inspiring, please let me know where to get the gaiters.

  • Primitive Eyes

        posted on January 16 , 2011 :

    Now here’s a look I can use. It’s unique but comfortable enough to make you feel part of the crowd

  • HJL

        posted on February 19 , 2011 :

    Hi, I’ve been big fan and reader of your website for some time, I just have one question regarding the Rugby Shawl collar sweater. It seems to be really fitted, have you altered or is it as is from the store? I’m planning on purchasing one via mail and would like to know what size you have on. I would really appreciate it if you could reply to this, thanks~

  • Monica

        posted on September 27 , 2011 :

    That’s not a sailors hat – it’s a peci, an Islamic hat worn in South East Asia. http://www.google.com.au/search?gcx=w&q=peci&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1280&bih=618