Cardigans are having a fashion moment, so options are more plentiful than in recent seasons. Many of you have mentioned that you prefer cardigans over jackets and blazers. You’ve also asked for tips to wear them in modern ways, so I’ll share some of my favorite examples and tips today.
The very casual combination shown above was my look for yesterday. I shopped for groceries and went for an hour-long walk in my neighborhood to enjoy the sunshine. The cardigan is a couple of years old. A similar current style is here. The jeans are here.
From dressed up to very casual, a cardigan can work with any look. Design details make them more memorable so, I look for solid colors. Effortless styles made from fine gauge knits do not add bulk to my frame.
I wear cardigans open or closed, so I usually buy a size large so that they don’t pull across the bust when closed. When I leave the cardigan open, I attempt to keep the edges in front. Letting the edges vanish to the sides under the armpits calls too much attention to the bust.
Cotton or cashmere are my first choices in fabrication. I find that wool is too itchy and acrylic knits tend to pill and look shabby almost after the first wearing.
I wear a cardigan almost daily while at home. I enjoy the ease and comfort of such a flexible layering piece. You can see from the example pictures that you can wear cardigans with any silhouette, including maxi dresses and culottes. My goal is always to balance the proportions, not to wear two of the same shapes. (Never long and baggy over baggy, for example.)
I have the Girlfriend Cardigan above found here in several colors.
I also have the shorter 3/4 length sleeve cardigan above in a few colors. The cardigan is available here.
What we wear under a cardigan can make or break the look. I purchased the sleeveless shirt above (found here) to wear with mine. It looks crisp and neat without adding bulk to the sleeves. I can tuck it in and wear a belt with a cardigan and jeans for a timeless and polished look.
A white cotton tank top is essential in my wardrobe and is often my first choice under a cardigan or a blazer. I found this one here.
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