I own lots of cardigans. Long, short, oversized, I’ve got them all. I know for awhile they were out of style because wearing a cardigan either made you look like you raided your grandpa’s closet or that you’re channeling Jackie O, but I wore them then, too. Why, you ask? Well, because they’re easy (throw one on and go), they’re great for layering, and frankly, because blazers and my breasts have never gotten along. I’m quite short (4’11”) but I’m also busty (38DD), which makes dressing a little tricky. I have yet to find a blazer that accommodates my bust without making it look like I’m wearing a coat down to my knees. How I envy all of the women who wear blazers and rock them. In my ideal world, I would be able to wear skinny jeans, flats, a slouchy tee, and a fantastic blazer every day. But that magic blazer has never darkened my door, and after years of bemoaning my body and trying to make blazers work for me, I let go, moved onto cardigans, and never looked back. Soft knit fabric that stretches? Check. Sleeves I can roll up and still look cool? Check. Available in different thicknesses, lengths, and colors? Check.
I probably rely on cardigans too much when I don’t know what to wear. They’ve become the fail-safe option in my closet, and while that’s probably not doing me any favors in the creativity department, there’s something quite nice about a piece (or category) of clothing that you know works for you and your lifestyle seamlessly. I wear my shorter cardigans over dresses and when I want to be more formal. I wear boyfriend cardigans most – I find their longer length flattering and lengthening on me, and they’re so easy to dress down with jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up with trousers and a nice blouse. For the latter, I try to make sure that the cardigan is made of a jersey or silk-like material and in a streamlined design (no ribbing, etc.) to up the dressiness factor. I wear oversized, chunky cardigans on weekend mornings when I’m curled up on the couch enjoying my morning cup of coffee. They’re not really flattering on me, but they’re comfortable, which is the most important thing on weekend mornings.
My current go-to cardigan is this one from J.Crew, but I just bought this one from Loft in several colors, and I’ve become a fan. The ones from J.Crew are pricey, but I stalk them until they go on sale. I own 3 of them and bought each of them for less than $25 a piece, so it’s worth it to wait.
Are you a cardigan fan?