For decades cardigan sweaters received a bad rap from fashion institutions citing the traditional button downs solely for old pipe smoking male retirees. Not so anymore, especially for women. Cardigan sweaters are available in a wide range of styles, fabrics, thicknesses and colors.
Cardigans add flare to any outfit. Try a dramatically draped open cardigan to spice up tunics and leggings and add fashionable leather boots or wedges for women to create a new ensemble. Instead of a suit jacket wear a comfy button up sweater over a silk blouse and wool trousers at the office and later switch the pants to nice denim jeans for women to join the rest at girls’ night out.
Snuggling in a warm and cozy sweater doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion for comfort. Wear long sleeve tee shirts in patterns or solids with straight legged denim jeans for women and top it off with a wool cable knit cardigan. A draped cowl scarf will add another warm dimension to your outfit.
Cardigans layer well over many pieces:
• Tank tops
• Dress shirts
• Tee shirts
A turtle neck cardigan is a fashionable way to fight off cold weather, or warm up a fall wardrobe with a color block cardigan where the body of the sweater is colored differently from the sleeves. Deep v-necks in 100 percent wool or viscose blends are conservative but stylish and look great with jeans, matching slacks, or a skirt.
Use a silver sparkly soft cotton sweater to dress up a pencil skirt with a lovely silk tank top. Wrap a thin fabric belt around a silk crew neck cardigan or slip into comfortable heels and sparkling earrings to add an exquisite touch to a plush cardigan over an elegant cocktail dress.
Sweaters are a staple found in any closet. Imagine a soft merino cardigan that moves over the natural curves of your body draping in the front over your fine wool skirt and leggings or tights. Add splashes of color with pretty scarves. If a shirt is too bright, a neutral colored cardigan will tone down an overly bright shirt or turtleneck.
Waterfall cardigans in cashmere and silk blends open in the front and drape with slim fitting sleeves. Layer over jersey separates for a feminine look that flows well with every step. Wear in the daytime and add delicate gold or silver jewelry to wear for an elegant evening out.
Wear light fabrics under thin sweaters, and if a bulky cable knit cardigan sweater is worn use a scarf with larger stitches. Heavy sweaters look better with heavier ankle boots or boots up to the knee with leggings. Wedges for women look good, too. Bulky jewelry adds pizzazz to neutral colors but only wear one or two pieces.
Classic cardigans, or cardigans that drape over shoulders and hips, are timeless pieces that are versatile enough to be worn during every season. Layer more for cold winter weather and wear lighter fabrics on cool summer evenings.
An old outfit gets a new look with the right cardigan sweater. Select bright colors for spring and neutral palettes or subdued colors for fall. Shorter sweaters are cute with a woman’s dress and skirts and longer sweaters add the illusion of height with heeled boots or the right pumps.
Cardigans are staples in every wardrobe and cotton blends make comfortable sweaters, as well as blends of merino wool, cashmere, angora, viscose and/or silk. Some cardigans have velvet trims, decorative shell or opalescent buttons, or well placed pockets.
Accessorize with Handbags, Scarves & Jewelry
Transform a simply styled cardigan with a metallic pattern or floral print scarf. Tie a beautiful scarf around the waist of a sweater instead of a belt. Learn different ways to ties scarves for a fabulous fashion forward look. Wear a bolo tie on a shirt under your tie-at-the-waist cardigan.
Top off a cardigan with a fedora or a darling clutch, scarves, patent leather belts, or wrap leather bracelets. Cardigan sweaters are the perfect opportunity to show off handmade Indie jewelry, thought it’s not necessarily about what goes on the outside of a sweater but what is layered beneath, like satin camisoles, vests, or bouncy jersey knit dresses.
On wintry days or spring mornings, sweaters bring warmth and comfort. Different styles and colors can change the entire look over the same tunics and leggings, long sleeved tee shirts, pencil skirt, or a woman’s dress and skirts. Increase your wardrobe IQ with smart and stylish cardigan sweaters.