By Jessica Goldfond
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that cardigans are everywhere this season. (Turn over a stone, and you might find one there, too.) From the ever-popular boyfriend cardigan to long and oversized, this once-drab sweater that’s anything but mini is making its way into everyone’s wardrobes as well as onto the runway.
Once relegated to prep schools, the cardigan can pull off more than a school-bound silhouette. Use one to brighten an otherwise-muted outfit or to subdue a loud-and-fun dress. With so many styles and so many uses, we’re starting to feel like you can’t own enough of these versatile knits. Just do some shopping around to find the best one for your style and body—you’ve got plenty of options.
Thin and Wispy: This style is best worn with delicate and feminine pieces that accentuate your curves. Try a slip dress, sky-rocketing heels, or if you’re feeling daring, a little fur.
Bold and Beautiful: Use bright, printed cardigans to offset high-waisted, wide-leg jeans and a paper-thin tee. Pick up a set of stacked wooden heels and a pocketbook to hang at your hip to recreate a cool and pulled-together ’70s vibe.
Bigger the Better: If there’s just one cardigan to slide your arms into this fall, this is the one. It’ll make a statement, especially if it has a bold color or stitching. Don’t be afraid of making a bit of an investment—you’ll be reaching for it each time you dive into your closet. Trust us.
Image credits and links; left to right, top to bottom: Silence and Noise Slub Open Cardigan from Urban Outfitters, Felix Wrap Sweater from Le Train Bleu, Lutz & Patmos Mitered Cardigan from Le Garconne, streetwear look from facehunter.blogspot.com, streetwear look from www.hel-looks.com, Batwing Cardigan from Pixie Market, editorial image from Vogue.