The humble cardigan
Who loves wearing cardigans?
I do—not only to keep me warm, but because they look great too.
If a princess (Mary of Denmark) can wear them and look stunning, so can we!!
Cardigans went through a bad patch when they looked more like something your grandmother might wear and not for the young and modern woman. I grew up in the 1970s when my mother knitted me all my jumpers (sweaters) and cardigans - they were practical but not always beautiful.
Cardigans were associated with school teachers or librarians, ladies going off to church. They were seen as sensible and useful but not elegant or sophisticated. A woman of the world didn't wear a cardigan, cardigans were not for women who wanted to have fun or be noticed.
We all recognize the librarian stereotype. The caricature that shows a woman, not especially young, probably a spinster, wellread, humourless, sensibly but boringly dressed – probably in a tweed skirt, cardigan, comfortable shoes, old-fashioned spectacles (with a neck cord), stern expression and always saying ‘shush’. (source)
But times have changed and the modern woman is wearing cardigans again.
The thing about cardigans is how versatile they are—they come with short sleeves (great for the warmer months), three quarter sleeves (perfect in the autumn and spring) and long sleeves for winter. They can turn an ordinary outfit into something special, they can be worn buttoned up or open. They come in every colour under the sun, they can be lacy or thick and made from many different types of products, from cashmere to manmade. Some can be jazzed up with a brooch or necklace and perhaps a scarf. Cardigans look great with a casual outfit or for something very formal.
One doesn't need lots of outfits if they own a range of cardigans, the same skirts look quite different when paired with different coloured cardigans. My only problem with modern cardigans is the length of time they last, some poor quality cardigans can start to rub quite quickly and look a little scruffy.
Cardigans can vary greatly in price, depending on the brand and what they are made of. I recently bought three cardigans from Aldi ($29 each) made from merino wool—the cardigans are all very warm but also lightweight. I get lots of compliments when I wear them and no one has any idea they are from Aldi and they look very smart.
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Who remembers the "twin set", I had a number of these growing up in the 1970s which my mother spent many hours knitting. You can still buy twin sets and they are in fact very useful!
Some lovely examples of modern cardigan patterns—these are all so pretty, feminine and perfect for the modern woman—old or young.