Helmut Lang Sonar Cardigan – Review

Today I wanted to share a quick review on a really nice Helmut Lang cardigan I recently came across. I’ve been on the hunt for a great black cashmere boyfriend cardigan, and though this number didn’t quite fit that particular  bill, I was enamored enough in person to bring it home anyway. I’ve had great experiences with my few items from Helmut Lang (reviews here), and found this cardigan to be quite a versatile piece as well! First, here it is, in gray, on a lovely model.

And then, as things sadly never look the same on me as they do on models, the cardigan on yours truly.

As you can see below, the cardigan drapes very nicely, and is longer in the front than back. This is probably how I would wear it most – open and draped over a tank/tee. On the left, if you look closely near my elbow, you can see a metal hook – that’s to clasp the cardigan across the neck (which you’ll see further down).

Helmut Lang Sonar Cardigan 1

The cardigan comes with a soft adjustable leather belt – I think goat skin. It ties very easily in front or in a knot in the back when wearing the cardigan open.

Helmut Lang belt

And a few other ways to wear the sweater. As I mentioned earlier, this particular cardigan actually comes with a little “hook” at the neck so you can pin it up as I’ve done on the left – I thought this was a very cool look. It was my husband’s favorite way to wear it, though he also said it looked like a Jedi tunic (I’m not a major Star Wars watcher….) when I wore this! I also like the open belted look on the right – really helps to pull an outfit “together”, especially if you’re just wearing plain, simple clothing as I tend to do.

Helmut Lang Sonar Cardigan 2

Overall, I would recommend this Helmut Lang cardigan, especially if you’re looking for an every day black cardigan with a bit of “special”. I thought it was super versatile, easy to wear, and a lovely comfortable fabric (wool, with some stretch). One caveat I’d mention is that the sleeves are quite tight and long – very similar to other Helmut Lang pieces and also reminiscent of the sizing of Rick Owens items I’ve tried. I liked the look with sleeves folded and/or pushed up, but just something to keep in mind!

You can find this lovely cardigan at Nordstrom, and in gray at Shopbop!

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  • Lc
    November 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

    this is right up my alley! i love drapey things that can be worn several ways! must go try it on in store!

    • Katherine
      November 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

      You should! It’s really nice, very good weight and quality 🙂

  • Sonya
    November 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Lovely. I still wear some of my original Helmut Lang pieces.

    • Katherine
      November 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Lucky you to have original HL! They sound lovely!

  • Lara
    November 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I have this cardigan and love it! I think I lost the belt though as I didn’t realize it can tie in the back when its not being used. Also, I just received the HL jacket I’ve been eyeing since you reviewed it. The cold weather always drops my resistance to buying more sweaters. I’m going to open the box and try it on right now 🙂

    • Katherine
      November 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Hi Lara, the sweatshirt fleecey one? Let me know how you like it, I was just wearing mine yesterday!

      • Lara
        November 15, 2013 at 4:16 am

        Hi Katherine, I tried it on and initially thought it was too basic/casual for the price, but I kept on wearing it because it was so comfy. I was traveling yesterday and wore it in the plane and was warm and comfortable. I’m definitely keeping it. Thanks for the review.

  • Adele
    November 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Love all the different ways you can style this cardi & the cut & drape is sublime!
    Happy Thursday Katherine xoxo

  • Mrs C
    November 14, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Love drapey soft cardigan and this one is gorgeous! I have something similar but a lot longer and thanks to this I think a belt could spice it up a bit. You have great taste, Kat and thanks for sharing!


  • Susan
    November 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I honestly think it looks better on you than on the website photo 🙂 great find!

    • Katherine
      November 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Hi Susan you are too kind! Thank you!

  • Irina
    November 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Hello:) Love the Jedi look with the buckle on the side! I always think that I’m too short for his designs:(( Love the angles and assymetric lines.
    Have a perfect weekend!

  • Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies
    November 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I love the cardigan on you. I’ve found HL pieces to be incredibly wearable and chic. I actually wear something HL every other day. Well worth the £££

  • Sharon
    November 18, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Love the cardigan. The style is forward.

  • Sharon
    November 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

    This style of cardigan I love. Has a futuristic feel to it.