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Layer up with Cardigans
Neutral Old-School Pieces
Most cardigans are a bit retro as wardrobe essentials all previous generations had in their closets. A cardigan is a piece of clothing that hugs us dearly and keeps us warm. Young people avoid it sometimes, describing it as matronly-looking or back-to-school. Many students in the past indeed had it as a wardrobe staple combined with polo shirts and jeans, yet today both the “granny-chic” and the “varsity look” are included in the trends, and, to be more precise, this is an ongoing trend for many seasons now. Thanks to Gucci, Prada, and other fashion industry heavyweights, the long-forgotten cardigan maintains its “cult” credentials. As part of our pandemic-related reboot, we come to appreciate the cozy and effortless-chic flair of a great wool or cashmere cardigan. The material is important; it has to feel soft, last long, look great, and mix & match.
Various classic styles have been around for, probably, centuries. The button-front cardigan – hip-length or longer – is one of the oldest types. In the 1800s, the original, pictured first on the 7 th Earl of Cardigan, was a British military waistcoat iteration, knitted tightly, featuring shawl lapels and padded shoulders. It later acquired a freer form and a V-neck. The other timeless style is enriched with large patch pockets, which is actually the “grandpa cardigan.” An open-front version references, even more, the bathrobe inspiration. Accented with a self-tie waist belt, this cardigan alludes to loungewear. It is designed to be the comfiest of all, frequently with a cape-like silhouette, like a blanket with sleeves. Ladies finally adore the Chanel-style cardigan with a crewneck and a button placket. Ribbed cuffs and hems give the shape a bit more definition. These cardigans are essential.
Going beyond the spectrum of a classic cardigan, you will find fresher variations often accented with intarsia motifs, chest patches, jewel buttons, embroidery, and contrast details. Stacey Bendet loves to print or stitch on them her signature StaceFace emoji and favorite girly-fairytale themes. Parisian brands like Maje and Sandro detail cardigans with stripes, lettering, and other graphic elements. Contrast welt pockets, faux button pockets, and ribbing give a classic silhouette a modern twist. Great color combos make for memorable fashion statements. Some others are accented with fringes, other fabrics, ruffles, and braiding. The famous cable knit is often playing with different knit styles to create an exciting texture. Chunky ribbed knits feel like the 70s yet slightly exaggerated. The most feminine of all is the mohair cardigans with a fluffy texture as if they are clouds you could touch. Get ready for some show- stopping cardis this season!
For the holidays and other festive moments, you can also try some dress-up pieces. Cardigans decorated with pearls, beads, sequins, rhinestones, feathers, satin ribbons, and faux fur steal the show. They glam up your morning basics, but they also work with eveningwear pieces such as silk blouses and skirts, dresses, and bustier tops with pants. Cropped cardigans are styled with high-waist maxi skirts and culottes. Such a cardigan is ideal for dinner time; as the most visible part of your outfit while you remain seated. Lengthy cashmere cardigans can be layered over heavy satin slip dresses as part of a lingerie- inspired evening look. Logo-accented and signature-motif styles also add a luxurious touch. In black, white, midnight blue, red, and even animal prints, some cardigans take your winter-proof fancy night- out looks to the next level. We keep on tracking more fascinating pieces of knitwear just for you!!!