Want to wear a tie but not look too stuffy? Then it's time to act like Paul Bettany and focus on cardigans.
Seen here at the BFI London film festival promoting his new film Blood, Paul Bettany is one of the those guys for whom the phrase 'an actors actor' was invented. He's so good he managed to not look ridiculous in the Da Vinci Code, no small feat. And when he's not acting, he can also put together a great outfit, as seen here.
While his entire outfit looks great, the item that makes it is the cardigan. An item which is endlessly versatile. Here it's used to make a look go from smart to smart casual with very little effort. As we're in Autumn now, it's time to start looking for suitably coloured cardigans that'll work well with grey and navy blazers. Here's three of the best.
Uniqlo do great knitwear and their merino wool cardigans (£29.90) are their calling card. Available in every colour under the sun, this wine coloured cardigan would look great with a grey blazer, white shirt and indigo denim.
(Uniqlo - £29.90)
A grey cardi is as essential as an item of clothing can be. It can be dressed up and and matches with a multitude of clothing options. This Topman version (£24) is slim enough to go under a blazer and the neck is just low enough to show off a good amount of tie when buttoned up.
(Topman - £24)
If you're willing to step outside the boundaries then this cardigan (River Island, £45) is for you. The shawl collar means it's slightly more difficult to layer under a blazer than the others but, if worn correctly, it will look very stylish. The green colour means it should be worn with a navy blazer, grey oxford and a knitted tie for a great Ivy league inspired look.
(River Island - £45)