The Dude’s Cardigan

In the Coen brothers cult classic the Big Lebowski, the character of El Duderino wore a distinct cardigan, an ivory white Pendleton with tribal patterns. The cardigan was from Jeff Bridges’ own wardrobe, not a costume from the set.

Such a cardigan is ideal for bowling, driving around, and the occasional acid flashback. It’s certainly more distinct than the bathrobe or t-shirts adorned by His Dudeness in other scenes of the film.

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Dude Cardigan found at Brooklyn Flea

According to the folks at Pendleton, this cardigan debuted in 1974. Known as “The Westerley,” its design was inspired by the Cowichan Tribes of British Columbia. The cardigans were sourced from Minnesota, woven by a company called Winona Woolen Mills.

If you have a dude cardigan hanging in your closet, I suggest you wear it regularly. If not, you may want to sell it (although that would be somewhat “un-dude”) Current eBay listings for these range from $90 to $485.