There’s not much to say about cardigans, other than I adore them. Long length, fitted, button up, open.
They’re more practical than a shawl, layer easily over anything, appropriate for formal or informal wear, great inside or outside of the office.
This one is by Grana, and is their cashmere boyfriend cardigan – longer length, pockets, buttons, and dropped shoulders.
Dropped shoulders means that the instead of the seam line being cut at where your actual arms attach to your upper torso, the shoulder seam is more at mid tricep level (as exampled above).
Clothes with dropped anything usually scream casual, but to avoid that vibe too much just ensure the rest of your outfit is really structured and cinches in at your proportions.
Think belts, tucked in tops, high waists, sharply tailored dresses.
Cardigans, particularly ones made from wool, are the best when it comes to the transitional seasons (spring and autumn) – they still give you that warmth without completely swallowing you in the necessity to wear a full jumper.
My winter wardrobe this year lacked a lot of cardigans, and I think they’re more versatile than a mere jumper when it comes to putting together and outfit. Because of their open nature, you can add more interest with layers and colours.
But hey, even though I haven’t put together a completely successful winter wardrobe yet, I’m at least learning what works and what doesn’t as each capsule goes by, and really that’s the whole point of living with a smaller wardrobe and experimenting, isn’t it!
You a big fan of cardigans, or are they a little too uptight-secretary?