Up until about two years ago, I didn’t own a single cardigan. Actually, that not entirely true. I had one. My mother bought it for me and tried to convince me that cardigans should be my best friends and I will likely wear this wardrobe staple more than anything else in my closet. I didn’t. It hung there, unworn, for what seemed like forever. It might have even been safe to say that I was anti-cardigan. The reason for this was about 95% “I don’t know HOW to wear a cardigan!” and 5% “Cardigans are not flattering, right?”
And then…I learned. I learned that my mom was right (SHOCKER!) and that cardigans really are my very best friends in the entire world.
I have…many. I have long ones and short ones and plain ones and embellished ones. I wear them with jeans and skirts and over dresses. Cardigans are NEVER a wrong choice.
(YES. Below you will see six of the exact same cardigan in different colors.)
This is Tip #1: Once you find a perfect cardigan, stock up. It’s never a bad idea to buy more than one.) (In case you were wondering, this is the J.Crew Jackie Cardigan bought for $29.99 at the J.Crew Factory store. It’s a staple there. They always have them.)
But, I know. You are skeptical. You want to know HOW to wear cardigans. Well, I will show you!
Tip #2: Wear a basic cardigan over a a textured cami. I am wearing this camisole from Gap.
Also to note, wear an embellished cardigan with a basic cami underneath.
Tip #3: Wear cardigans over dresses. This is especially helpful in making those summery dresses stretch longer into the fall season.
They also serve a practical purpose…cardigans are a perfect summer accessory to have on you when you go into over-airconditioned places. I highly recommend buying a white or neutral-colored lightweight cardigan for your cardigan wardrobe.
Tip #4: A belt over a long cardigan can be very flattering and can add shape to your silhouette.
Tip #5: A cardigan that falls between your waist and your knees *may* be worn with leggings. Please note that this is a very tricky area. Proceed with caution, please.
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Ali Martell, is the managing editor of Canada’s Premier Parenting Site, The Yummy Mummy Club. She is also a writer, an ellipticizer, a mother, a wife, a lion-tamer, a diet coke quitter, a juggler, a getter-of-drinks. She is Canada’s Emma Pillsbury and her three children tell her that she is a DOF (destroyer of fun). She is learning to use her camera better and love her thighs more. You can read more from Ali on her blog, Cheaper Than Therapy.