How to Wear a Cardigan with Style

March 6, 2008 by Kristie Leong MD  
Published in Style

Cardigans can be a fun and versatile fashion accessory. Here’s how to wear to one with style.

As the first signs of spring arrive and you shed your heavy coat to make way for lighter fashion, there are still days that you’ll need a little extra insulation when the temperature drops. Instead of bringing that wool coat out of storage, why not throw on a stylish cardigan? The cardigans of today are not like grandma’s sweaters but have a style and flair all their own. Plus, they’re so versatile! Wearing a cardigan can take you from a casual spring day on the beach to an evening out at a restaurant with great panache. Here are some tips for getting stylish wear out of the “oh so versatile” cardigan:

How to wear a cardigan: Choose an oversized cotton cardigan for casual spring wear

Nothing feels better for a cool walk on the beach than a tee shirt, a pair of cotton Capri pants and a long, oversized, cotton cardigan. Choose a length extending several inches above your knee for a fashion forward look. A solid color will coordinate beautifully with your other casual spring clothing. If you want a slightly different look, opt for a thick horizontal stripe in black and white or black and khaki. Don’t forget to add a chunky eclectic necklace. One made with large wood or ceramic beads will add an earthy look.

How to wear a cardigan: Add a belt

Petite people sometimes find a cardigan to be overwhelming. One way to give a cardigan more structure is to add an interesting belt. This can be an excellent way for a petite person to show off a tiny waist. If you have belts in your closet that you haven’t known what to do with, get them out and experiment by wearing them over a long cardigan.

How to wear a cardigan: Use it to layer

You can really expand the depth and versatility of your wardrobe without spending money by layering items you already have. A cardigan provides the perfect finishing touch for that layered look. Just one cardigan can multiply your fashion options many times. Try belting a long cardigan over a skirt and silk top. Wear a long, loose one over your favorite black dress. A cardigan can add a whole new dimension to your standard office attire. Open your closet and start experimenting by adding a cardigan to your usual outfits and see what works for you.

How to wear a cardigan: Button or unbutton?

The look of a cardigan can vary depending on how many buttons you button. If you button it all the way, you can add an interesting belt or a scarf to complete the look. For a more casual look leave it open and add some interesting jewelry at the neck line. Experiment with buttoning just the top button or two for a casual, fashion forward look. It’ll be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

How to wear a cardigan: It’s perfect for a cool restaurant

If you’re going out for the evening, take along a cardigan. Restaurants are known for being uncomfortably cold and you can feel comfortable and still look stylish when you slip on your stylish cardigan.

Wearing a cardigan can not only expand your fashion options it can help to give you a little extra insulation on those cool spring nights. Is it time to add a cardigan to your wardrobe?

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