Farewell frumpy… How cardigans got cool
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.