I know I know, some people still think that cardigans are for old people at the Bingo parlour on Sunday nights. That idea is so passé. The cardigan is a hip fashion forward essential layering piece and should be every well dressed man and women’s wardrobe.
Virtually every label carries their own versions of cardigans. JCrew is known for their vast array of (expensive) cashmere cardigans in every colour of the rainbow but I have found fantastic cashmere, silk and cotton cardigans at TJ Maxx or Marshals.
Tips On How To Buy The Perfect Cardigan For Yourself
If I only have one cardigan what colour should I buy?
Neutral baby. You will be able to layer it with every piece in your wardrobe. I have 2 favourites in my wardrobe I wear all the time, a black short cropped Betsy Johnson in cotton with an open v-neck and a lovely brown silk longer slightly relaxed boat neck version. These are my go-to layering pieces with everything and a must have when I travel.
If I want to buy a second cardigan what colour should I buy?
Look carefully at what colours you have in your wardrobe and then select a complimentary pop of colour. If you have lots of warm colours this might be a burgundy, rust or mustard yellow. If you have lots of cool colours go for violet, red or teal.
How can I tell if it fits?
This is important. If you are going to layer this piece you don’t want it to be too large or bulky. It should fit close to your body but not be squishing you so much that you get muffin top or bra bulges showing in the back. The shoulder seam should sit right at the shoulder, not slouch off. The sleeves should sit at your wrist or slightly lower. The waist should fit right around your hips. If you have chosen a cropped style this will fit at your natural waist line which is just below your rib cage.
What fabric should I buy?
Cashmere is my all time favourite. This will be pricier, but natural fabric is breathable, more comfortable and generally will wear better and pill less than man made fibers. Silk is a good option if you live in a warmer climate. Merino wool is the best option after cashmere for cooler climates. Cooler versions of cashmere are available that are worth the splurge. Cotton in summer is a good option. Stay away from arcylic or any man made fibers as they will pill very quickly.
Cardigans are classic pieces and will never go out of style. It is worthwhile to spend a little more money on a higher quality fabric for a piece that you know you will be wearing for years to come.
Tips to remember:
Short cropped cardigans are great with dresses and high waisted skirts.
Longer cardigans are ideal for skinny jeans and jeggings.
V-neck cardigans are easier to layer over button down shirts or bow blouses.
Mid length is the best all around bet for working with your entire wardrobe.