The Want: A men's cardigan to replace the chunky shawl-collar pullover you've been sporting all winter. It must class up any outfit, combat the air conditioner, and look sharp hanging from the back of your ergo chair. Bonus points if women can throw it on for a boyfriend-sweater look.
The Get: Cardigan by Lynne Hiriak's Sebastian Tipped sweater ($198 at cardigannewyork.com). This 100 percent merino wool staple has endless utility. Pair it with a dress shirt and slacks or T-shirt and jeans. No Mr. Rogers vibe here: The collegiate contrast piping makes it smarter than a no-frills layering piece.