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Are Cardigans In Style?

Updated on March 16, 2011

Are cardigans in style? Absolutely. Cardigans have made a major comeback this past decade. No longer does the cardigan belong solely on librarians and octogenarians; fashionistas can sport them too. Although I won't go into detail about the evolution of the cardigan, it is interesting to note that the cardigan was made popular by the preps in the 20th century. However, the modern cardigan is no longer classic, stuffy, boring or plain! And, now that they're made in other materials besides cashmere, they're no longer just for the rich! The new 21st century cardigan has been re-born into something incredibly stylish and accessible.

How to wear a modern-day cardigan? Read on, we'll show you!


The Classic Cardigan

There's nothing wrong with a throw-back, so I thought I'd start off with a classic piece. This cardigan (at right) is the quintessential cardigan. Take notice of the length of the cardigan -- it should hit exactly at the waist sitting above the hips. The V-shape is typical of a classic cardigan, as are the round, medium-sized buttons!

Give it a twist: Add some brightness with a bold cami underneath (I suggest red leopard!) or a long sleeve shirt with frilly sleeves!

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The Boyfriend Cardigan

Why is it named the boyfriend cardigan? Because the cardigan looks like something you stole from your boyfriend's messy closet as a last minute outfit add-on. Don't let the loose-fit and long length fool you. This is a very gorgeous and hot look, if done right. Keep all other parts of the outfit tight to contrast with the loose. Add feminine details such as bows or ruffles to keep the look girly.

Bring your cardigan look up a notch: Add a thin but bold belt over the entire cardigan. (Think high waist). Be sure to go for a bold color or pattern and make sure it's cinched somewhat tight!

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Animal Print Cardigan

One of my favorite modern cardigans are animal printed ones! There's a HUGE variety in terms of style and print! Although leopard is THE most popular print, I like zebra because it's rarely used (compared to the leopard/cheetah print) and it looks tres chic when done right.

This cardigan (at right) is a long slouchy cardigan with, and get this: NO buttons! I know what you're thinking, "a cardigan without buttons is no longer a cardigan, right?!". Wrong! The modern cardigan no longer requires buttons. The long asymmetric "side panels" can serve as the closure of the cardigan when tied together in a knot!

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Sequin Cardigans

I absolutely love the sequin cardigan look! Boden's cardigan boasts sequins only near the top, starting from the shoulders. I also love how they used different sizes of sequins to create a funky look. They kept the look moderate by using very classic structures of the original cardigan.

Wear the cardigan with a twist: One of my favorite ways to wear my cardigans is featured exactly to the right. I love wearing a funky cardigan over a shirt that is tucked into a skirt. It really updates your look! Another plus? This look shows you how wrong some fashion myths really are! One example of a fashion myth: Don't mix purple and pink.


Go Bold: Edgy Cardigan

I love the re-invention of old fashion styles, and the cardigan is no exception. In my mind, the bolder the better! (usually). I am in love with mixing tough with soft looks. Skulls are a perfect way to try out this trend!

Mix something bold, like a skull cardigan with something feminine, like a pastel cami. If you hate pastel, try to soften the skull look by wearing the cardigan with a ruffle or layered skirt! Add lady-like pearls to your skull look! The bigger the contrast, the better!

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      pmccray: Cardigans will always be a wardrobe staple for me as well. It's just so versatile and the perfect layering piece. Thanks for the support!

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      As an older woman I'm never swayed by fashion trends. I've been wearing cardigans as a fashion staple for as long as I can remember. Thanks for a reminder to update my old ones. Excellent hub (as usual). Voted up, marked useful, beautiful and shared.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      gmagoldie: I've never actually thought of a cardigans being added on onto a bathing suit! It's interesting, but I doubt it could happen anytime soon unless you design it yourself! (Which would be pretty fab!)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I am in the water allot and dream of a cardigan for the water - my top swim suit would be three pieces - one being a cardigan designed for the water. You see my shoulders get cold often - I need another layer for swim fitness.

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      mysisters: I couldn't agree more! Cardigans are a must. Thanks for commenting. =)

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      mysisters 6 years ago

      I have always loved cardigans and they are very much in style right now. They are definitely a piece that you should have in your closet!

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      lindacee: I'm so glad there are fellow cardigan fans on Hubpages! Your welcome and thanks for commenting!

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      lindacee 6 years ago from Arizona

      Cardigans are one of my favorite wardrobe pieces. I totally agree with anglnwu and yenajeon. Thanks for the great hub, fun pictures and super ideas!

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      yenajeon 6 years ago from California

      I also love cardigans. I have them in lots of different colors and styles. It's such a classic item, I doubt they will ever be out of style.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I've to say I love cardigan. I always carry one in my over-sized bag--they come in handy and they can be stylish too. Thanks.