I have always had a love for cardigans, but that does not always mean that I have worn cardigans that have flattered my style and figure. Cardigans, much like most accessories, have so many different styles and fits that the type of cardigan you wear can definitely change the way an outfit looks. That being said, I'm going to tell you about the things that I look for in a cardigan!
Most of the time when I wear cardigans it's for two purposes: appearance and an added layer. I"m ALWAYS cold so this added layer, although not thick, helps a little bit.
My personal preference is for cardigans to be fitted. I'm a huge fan of layers, but I think that sometimes slouchy cardigans can look frumpy, which is a look I am not too fond of. By wearing fitted cardigans I added a layer, but I still look well put together.
I've recently started wearing 3/4 length sleeve cardigans! Before, I hated this length, because I have long arms, but I've recently grown to love this length.
I like to style my cardigans in a few different ways. One way is by wearing the cardigan as a top, and tucking it into my circle skirts (which are also a closet essential for me). I love how put together his looks, plus it's pretty effortless. My favorite cardi's for this type of outfit are one's that are printed in some way; whether it be polka dots, stripes or a novelty print.
Another way that I love to rock cardigans is by pairing them with a dress. I don't own as large of a wardrobe as many people may think, and one way that I 'fake' it is by using cardigans to create different looks. By buttoning a cardigan and wearing it over a dress it creates the illusion that I have another circle skirt! This is just another reason why cardigans are so versatile, and so awesome!
I'm sure at this point it is no surprise that I love colour! I say often that I dress less 1950s and more like an art teacher. I can't help it I'm just drawn to crazy prints and colors! This mint cardigan is one my favorites, because a lot of my dresses do feature the mint color. Styling this outfit also shows a much more simplified way of wearing a cardigan. You don't necessarily need to wear a cardigan in place of a top they can add pop of colour to an already great outfit!
Now that I've told you what I like and look for in a cardigan, I'll show you why I prefer this style! The left cardigan is a slouchy cardigan, and in my opinion it does nothing to make the dress stand out. I do love the stripes, but the shape of the cardigan is not very flattering. The cardigan on the right is one of the fitted cardigans that I love so much. The fitted style makes the dress stand out that much more.
Most of my cardigans are from Target, and I love them because they are a little bit longer and hit my right at my hips. I do love the look of cropped cardigans, but I have such a long torso (like seriously, the longest torso) that cropped cardigans cut me off weirdly.
Cardigans are a closet essential for so many reasons, but mostly because they add a layer of warmth, colour and often pizzazz to my outfits. I love that cardigans can really help 'make' an outfit, and that they can completely change the look of an outfit.