From season to season, the cable-knit sweater remains a wardrobe staple in brilliant hues that soften to perfection with regular use and care. Whether crisp and new or long-beloved, in the mild springtime or the depth of winter, this piece is as iconic as the preppy heritage by which it was inspired, making it integral to the World of Ralph Lauren.
With its roots in Celtic and Saxon braiding techniques, the sweater is a relic of the British countryside and is an Ivy League stalwart—as perfect on the city streets as it is at the country club. In fact, the cable knit is derived from the ancient knitting traditions used to create its trademark rope pattern. Whether a single spiraling cable or an intricate braid of as many as six ropes, the pattern retains an air of casual elegance due to its monochromatic style, simplicity and texture.
The cable-knit sweater adds a classic borrowed-from-the-boys element to a woman’s style. On men, its effect is unstudied and handsome, especially when worn over a button-down shirt in a complementary color. And when rendered in fine cashmere and a slim silhouette, it makes a striking addition to any style, from perfectly faded denim to office-ready suits and blazers. Launder and store with care to ensure that this piece will retain its elegance for generations to come—the mark of a true RL Classic.