The Red Sweater In ’80s Brooks Brothers Catalogs


It can’t be all doom and gloom regarding Brooks Brothers. So before we get back to bittersweet nostalgia, let’s pay tribute to the company’s great stylistic achievements, such as this post on the red sweater, a rare piece in the trad wardrobe. 


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18 Comments on "The Red Sweater In ’80s Brooks Brothers Catalogs"

  1. Time for me to break out my red cashmere v-neck sweater vest. Now I want a red turtle neck though…

  2. Chewco L.P. (Cayman) | October 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm |

    I like the fact that you left out the context for this post. None needed. Research from the University of Rochester showed that “wearing the color red makes a man more attractive and sexually desirable to women.”

  3. Walter Denton | October 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm |

    I have a couple of red sweaters that I really enjoy including a red Shetland crew neck and a cashmere v-neck sweater vest. But I’m not a fan of the sweater Mr. Bone wore last night. The quarter zip sweater is just not a classic.

  4. Christian, I have never seen an image of a zippered sweater from they heyday, were there quarter zips? I too do not like quarter zips and do not understand the big deal being made over that man’s outfit.

  5. Speaking of sweaters– anybody have any of the (old) Drummer Shetlands?

  6. Sorry ’bout that. “Drumohr.” Nobody dislikes the auto-correction mechanism more than I do.

  7. I have two Fratelli Brooks sweaters, a Shetland and a cashmere, neither of them red.

    I’m not sure I own a red sweater. Maroon/burgundy at most. I go with the olive-green for Christmas parties.

  8. Found an old RL Chaps red shetland last year – features a much older and less ubiquitous logo – but terrific to wear.

    Also – $148 for that red wool crewneck is insane.

    Now to find a red sweater for the wife…

  9. Not a saddle shoulder to be found in today’s offering. Is saddle shoulder the correct term? I certainly think they look best.


  10. I have the original “lovat-green” Drumohr Shaggy Dog Shetland sweater that was displayed in the ivy Style exhibit at FIT size 40 still in pretty good condition. Will tweet the pic.

  11. Was so excited responding regret the small “i” Ivy Style.

  12. I think saddle shoulder is correct.

    @Chewco – Research from the University of Rochester showed that “wearing the color red makes a man more attractive and sexually desirable to women.”

    That explains my decline in female companions since I outgrew my red v-neck.

  13. My Polo shetland from last year has a saddle shoulder but it is hard to see. Made in Scotland to boot.

  14. Roger Sack | May 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm |

    The “real”Brooks Brothers still existed at the time of the catalog.
    Todays is closer to Mens Wearhouse. As for trad sweaters, I got
    several in recent years from, not surprisingly, The Andover Shop.
    O’Connell’s is also a good bet. I picked up two non shetlands, but
    still kind of trad on a recent trip to the UK.

  15. elder prep | April 6, 2019 at 10:07 am |

    Red is such a strong, hot color I only wear my two sweaters (both crew, one wool the other cashmere) in the winter.

  16. Red makes men desirable to women? I thought that green did that.

  17. I love the point collars on the polo shirts. Does anyone offer that style these days? They are more dressy and look great with jumpers and blazers. BB should bring them back as they are superior to anything from Gant or Polo RL.

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