More multiples

16 May

And I’m not referring to children.

Another item to buy in multiples…The Cardigan.

In it’s simplest form, it’s a sweater that opens in the front. How it opens, the way it in which it closes, the fit, fabric and silhouette are all variables that depend on the designer and the way you choose to “cover-up”. Cardigans are worn over everything–camisoles, t-shirts, oxfords, dresses, with skirts, with pants, with jeans…the works. Here are some of my faves right now.

This cardigan drapes elegantly and remains open at the front, but has the cinched waist to add sturcture and an hourglass shape.

This cardigan drapes elegantly and remains open at the front, but has the cinched waist to add structure and an hourglass shape.

A classic style that's never dated, the crewneck cardigan has a modest neckline and adds a polished effect to anything you throw it over. I'd wear this with a  bright floral or loud geometric pattern underneath. The plain cardigan will balance the overpowering pattern.

A classic style that's never dated, the crew neck cardigan has a modest neckline and adds a polished effect to anything you throw it over. I'd wear this with a bright floral or loud geometric pattern underneath. The plain cardigan will balance the overpowering pattern.

The crochet of this tie-waist gives some interest to an otherwise plain color that could wash you out. Put this on over a simple black dress or a hyper-bright camisole and watch the color peek through the weave of the crochet. This will add dimension to a plain and simple outfit.

The crochet of this tie-waist number gives some interest to an otherwise plain color (oatmeal is tasty but can be blah-boring in clothing) that could wash you out. Put this on over a simple black dress for a jazzy effect or a hyper-bright camisole and watch the color peek through the weave of the crochet. This will add dimension to a plain and simple outfit.

This one is sporty with it's thick rugby-like stripes but the twist is in the color combination. It may seem loud but let this cardigan be the focus of your outfit. Keep it simple with jeans or plain, flat front trousers and a simple t-shirt or classic white oxford (cuffs, collar, and tail peeking out). If you're worried the horizontal strips will widen you, button only the middle one or two buttons to create an hourglass shape.

This one is sporty with it's thick rugby-like stripes but the twist is in the color combination. It may seem loud but let this cardigan be the focus of your outfit and keep everything else simple. Pair this with jeans or plain, flat front trousers and a simple t-shirt or classic white oxford (cuffs, collar, and tail peeking out). If you're worried the horizontal strips will widen you, button only the middle one or two buttons to create an hourglass shape.

This version is slouchy with it's intentionally drapey fit. But rest assured that slouchy does not equal sloppy if you layer it with a fitted top. Try a bold emerald green or bright orange with this soft navy blue. And, on the bottom, try your favorite light colored denim or even a classic pencil skirt and heels.

This version is slouchy with an intentionally drape-y fit. But rest assured that slouchy does not equal sloppy if you layer it with a fitted top. Try a bold emerald green or bright orange with this soft navy blue pictured above. And, on the bottom, try your favorite light colored denim or even a classic pencil skirt and heels.

Cardigans aren’t just for sweater sets (snooze).  They are a versatile, comfortable, and essential garment that any woman needs more than one of in her closet. It’s a fast fix to punch up a clean look.  Find a style (or styles) you like, and buy in basic black, a pattern or stripe of your choice, and your favorite solid color for endless permutations with your various tops and bottoms.

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