Real men wear shawl cardigans too

The reputation of the chunky shawl-collared cardigan has undergone a remarkable rehabilitation in recent years. Having once typified naff Seventies style, as worn by David Starsky in Starsky & Hutch, everyone from designer cashmere brands to high street chains is selling a version this winter.

Its coolest ever proponent is Steve McQueen, who wore a navy blue version for a shoot with photographer William Claxton. Inspired by McQueen’s enviable style, Drakes of London has produced the ultimate oversized cardigan for winter, in the form of a four-ply cashmere version with woven leather buttons. Sadly you’ll have to provide the vintage Ferrari and the girls. £650, www.drakes-london.com

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Steve McQueen: William Claxton Photographs is published by TASCHEN, £8.99