So first of all, what is a cardigan? If you’re not sure what exactly it is then it’s going to be hard to style it properly. Cardigans cover a range of styles and can be worn loosely, with no buttons or zips to fasten it up, leaving you with a clean open design, or buttoned up to give a clean, slim finish. Despite the range of styles it can be difficult to know what to wear with a cardigan. Anything too brash and you can look like you’re trying too hard, and anything too simple and you run the risk of just looking dull. Luckily with so many styles of cardigans to choose from, there are ways that you can easily bridge the gap between simplicity and style to create a look that’s perfect for you.
The longline cardigan is the perfect transitional piece from spring to summer. It is perfect for easy, chilled days out. The structure of a longline cardigan makes it a relaxed and casual look. It can ideally be styled with a slim-fit top and skinny jeans for a simple, alternative vibe. The fabric is generally super lightweight and designs often incorporate ‘waterfall’ and ‘cowl’ necklines, so you can experiment with textures and designs to see which one suits you best.
Shawl Collar Cardigan
Think of the shawl collar cardigan as an alternative to your insulating bomber or your not-so-snug denim jacket. It’s usually made in chunkier, warmer design than say, the longline cardigan style, and its thickness makes it best suited to casual combinations such as plain tees, raw denim jeans and simple trainers.
Style a button up cardigan wrong and you’re heading straight into grandpa territory, but get it right. This practical design can also add a little style to your look, along with some protection from the elements. Keep the buttons small and modest, as anything to large or embellished can come across as a little ‘kiddy’, and can spoil the sleek look that can come from these designs. Some people like to use their button up as the third part to a three piece suit. If you match it up right, and keep the fabric of the cardigan light and simple, it can add a touch of casualness to your look.
Chunky knit Cardigan
Chunky knit cardigan is the perfect casual piece and easily enables the wearer to play around with colours and geometric patterns. Because of its punchy, stylised look. This cardigan is great for throwing over simple pieces and taking centre stage. Buy an upscale one in cashmere or merino, or keep things budget friendly with a wool mix for a rugged feel.
There’s no reason the cardigan can’t come out triumphant in the styling game. When deciding on the right fit for your cardigan you need to work out not only what’s comfortable for you, but also what kind of look you’re going for. Have fun!