I've been reflecting on shawl sweaters a bit lately as I consider my sweater collection (and the shawl collar seems so ubiquitous in the stores now). I've never owned one and have tended to think there is something a bit precious and slightly childlike and/or feminine about them. I feel they overtly make a guy look unaggressive, mild, and kind...but in a way that is trying too hard to make onlookers think that about the person. To me, it would seem almost comical to imagine a guy in a shawl sweater yelling at someone else. Although I could see some people thinking that same exact thing about standard cardigans, which I do wear.