Cardigans are a wardrobe staple, but they don’t really incite excitement. They are often viewed as a means to an end – keeping warm – rather than as something which can really spruce up an outfit. That is about to change though, as there is a new clutch of cardigans in town.
Designers started the cover-up revolution at the Spring/Summer 11 shows last year, when models for DSquared, Alberta Ferretti, Tommy Hilfiger and Oscar de la Renta were all spotted wearing their take on the look.
Far from being dull and boring, this season’s cardigans will add the wow factor to any outfit. Alberta Ferretti and Tommy Hilfiger both chose to make theirs out of a crocheted fabric, giving them a brilliant summery vibe. They were seen paired with simple, floaty evening dresses and beachwear, showing the versatility of the look.
It was Oscar de la Renta who really championed the trend though, showing many takes on the cardigan. While some were long and patterned, used to add excitement to plain tops and trousers, others were short and fitted, and seemingly perfect for office attire.
The beauty of this trend is it’s so simple to pull off at home. Every store on the high street will have cardigans of some type, it’s about finding what’s right for you. Versions which hit the mid-thigh suit almost everyone, and look brilliant when paired with faded jeans, a plain vest and across-the-body bag.
For a smarter look, invest in a three-quarter-sleeve version which hits the top of your hips. Wear with a pencil skirt and blouse or 1950s dress, for instant Mad Men glamour.