Pocket stylist

Farewell frumpy… How cardi­gans got cool

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents -

Dressed up or down, these handy knits never re­ally went out of style, says Emily Cronin

Isn’t it per­fect when the fash­ion cy­cle anoints a use­ful gar­ment as on­trend? If you’re any­thing like me, you never stopped wear­ing cardi­gans, but now they come with a de­signer seal of ap­proval. Ap­pear­ing ev­ery­where from Al­tuzarra to Chanel, the re­vival wasn’t com­plete un­til Katie Holmes stepped out in a cash­mere one with a match­ing bra .All hail the bra-di­gan.

It’s a huge volte-face for a gar­ment not so long ago as­so­ci­ated with grand­moth­erly types and coun­try houses. But it’s about time. Whether you’re more in the ‘wear­able blan­ket’ camp or Holmes ter­ri­tory, there’s a cardi­gan for ev­ery­one.

If you choose an over­sized style, keep the rest of your out­fit fit­ted. Or ban­ish fusty as­so­ci­a­tions by wear­ing a fine-gauge cardie but­toned up over a bra with a midi-skirt. Hot.

Lay­er­ing without lumps Pat­tern play Qual­ity counts Bal­ance a state­ment piece Show (a lit­tle) skin Wear the thinnest T-shirts and polo necks you can find as your base layer to avoid ex­tra bulk. A cardi­gan can be an ideal way to add piz­zazz to an all-black out­fit. Buy the bestqual­ity wool and cash­mere pieces you can, for a cardi­gan that’s warm, non-scratchy and longer-last­ing. While it’s true a but­toned-up grey cardi­gan can be a great foil for a sparkly skirt, this all-over-leop­ard ver­sion calls for sim­plic­ity in the rest of the out­fit. To keep the cardie from swamp­ing me, I’ve pushed up the sleeves and styled it with a pump, show­ing just the right amount of wrist and an­kle.

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