Let’s face it-runway style high fashion was not engineered with breathing or moving freely in mind. Still, because we take our appearances seriously, we suck it in, lace it up, and paint a grin on our faces that, for the most part, doesn’t hint to the rest of the population how miserable we really are. Even when we are in casual situations, we still want to look our best, even at the expense of our comfort.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can look great and still exercise your need to breathe by adding a few under-appreciated garments to your wardrobe: cardigans. Now when we say under-appreciated, we don’t mean that cardigans are not fashion worthy. What we mean is that as elegant, fashionable, and versatile as they are, the average consumer is ignorant to their usefulness. Worry not, however. We are about to educate you.
The Beauty of Cardigans
The wonderful beauty of cardigans is that they can, quite literally, be anything you wish for them to be. Now, this isn’t to say that you can utilize the same exact cardigan for an afternoon of rugby then turn around and wear it to the grand ball. (Don’t even think about wearing anything less than full black tie attire to a formal event!) However, you can add different cardigans to your wardrobe that will be appropriate in both casual and dressy situations.
Cardigans tend to be more fitted than jumpers and sweaters, although you can certainly find those that are more loose fitting if you should so desire. Bear in mind, though, that it is the tastefully form fitted appearance of cardigans that make them work in dressier situations. After all, nothing says “I don’t care” quite like a baggy, oversized sweater. Remember, you want to look cool and chic, not sloppy.
Just because cardigans are the perfect cool and casual garment, that doesn’t mean they are not versatile. You can take that same cardigan you wore to the sports bar last weekend, slip a button down shirt beneath it, add a tie and a nice pair of trousers, and be set to go on about his work day while retaining respect among his peers and employer. What more could you ask for beyond a great, multi-functional top that is also incredibly comfortable?
Choosing the Right Cardigans
When choosing cardigans to add to your wardrobe, it is very difficult to go wrong. You have the freedom to choose virtually any color, provided that you are aware of which colors are appropriate for office attire and which are best reserved for your personal outings. In terms of design, both rounded crew necks and v-necks work equally well in either setting, although the v-neck does lend itself slightly easier to layering and gives a somewhat dressier appearance.
Ultimately, however, as long as you don’t choose cardigans that are very poorly designed, your wardrobe will be all the better for their addition.