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Ladies Cardigan for Stylish Women | Hottest Styles for Everyday Wear

Updated on December 30, 2011

Ladies Cardigan: So Sweet, So Stylish

Every woman has an article of clothing that they can't live without--for me it is my simple black ladies cardigan. No matter your age, style, or body type there is a ladies cardigan that will be flattering to your appearance without a doubt.

A ladies cardigan is the most versatile piece of clothing you can own; on any given day of the week you could pair one with a vibrant colored collared shirt and a pencil skirt and be off to work with an air of confidence. If when the weekend rolls around you're feeling lackadaisical, dress the same ladies cardigan down by wearing it over a loosely fitting embellished tank and a pair of fitted jeans--add a loose cotton scarf for an even more stylish look.

Tone the Sexiness of a Dress Down With a Ladies Cardigan

Cover Unwanted Lines With a Ladies Cardigan

The versatility of a ladies cardigan is not the only reason its one of the hottest fashion items of the season; its flattering, inexpensive, and did I mention its flattering???

If you have a favorite pair of jeans that seem to have shrunk in the dryer and now pinch your waste leaving an unflattering line, throw a cardigan over a cute top and hide that line. Or, if you bought a dress that just doesn't seem to fit just right but you want to hang on to it, try wearing a cardigan with it--buttoned, unbuttoned, or belted and see what happens.

The options are endless so its no wonder you can't go to a public place without noticing ladies cardigans being worn ever so cleverly.

Gray and Black Are Colors You Can Always Fall Back On

Pair a Snug Fitting Ladies Cardigan With a Loose Top

Ladies Cardigans are Magical for Two Reasons

My love for ladies cardigans was renewed when I tried one over a previously neglected dress that hid in the dark corner of my closet. I was not fond of how this dress hugged my curves and was especially not pleased with how it looked from behind. Once I tried my reasonably fitted cardigan on, I was amazed by how lovely this old dress looked and how seamlessly the look came together; the cardigan covered up the areas that needed a little camouflage and added some pizzaz to the simplicity of the dress. Next thing I knew I was pulling out a ton of dresses and tops that I had retired from my wardrobe and trying them with different cardigans only to add them back into my current rotation.

Throw a Ladies Cardigan Over A Bohemian Style Top--Viola! You Found Yourself a New Easy To Wear Look

Prior to hailing the ladies cardigan I was completely turned off by the newer style of loosely fitting tops. Even after experimenting with different cuts and fits I just could not feel confident wearing a shirt that was baggy in the torso. After my epiphany with my previously unflattering dresses, I decided to try on a combination of ladies cardigans and the new style not-so-fitted tops at a clothing store. To my surprise, the cardigan limits the appearance of the balloon body that I was not too enthusiastic about. This made my life a whole lot easier because these types of shirts fill clothing stores and leave very limited room for the more fitted look I was previously used to. Now I find myself more focused on different necklines and embellishments that I think would be complemented by a ladies cardigan and less focused on the fit of the body of the top. The only downfall is this has opened up so many more clothing options which results in far fewer available hangers in my closet. But a girl loves her clothes!

Accessorize your cardigan with bold, chunky jewelry

Ladies Cardigan Styles

Ladies cardigans can be found in a variety of styles and fabrics.

There are a variety of necklines to choose from such as the traditional crew-neck, the slightly more revealing scoop neck, v-neck, cowl-neck, and more. Some necklines are more flattering than others for some people and it really just takes trying on different styles to find the best look for you.

Another area ladies cardigans differ in is their fit. Some cardigans are meant to be more fitted and curvy, while either are designed to be more of a relaxed fit which is sometimes known as the boyfriend cardigan. If worn properly with the right outfit, any fit can be flattering for diverse body-types. However, I have personally found that a loosely fitting top looks best with a more snug fitting cardigan though it can be pulled off with a more relaxed fit as well.

Furthermore, ladies cardigans come in various lengths. Picking the right length will also be determined on what type of look you want to achieve and what outfit you may wear it with. You can find cardigans that fall anywhere in between you waist and just about the back of your knees. Longer cardigans look great with dresses but are harder to pull off with certain fits of jeans.

Ladies cardigans can also be found with different sleeve lengths: full, 3/4 sleeve, half, and 1/8 sleeve. The sleeve you pick may very well change with the seasons. Where a 3/4 sleeve may be perfect on a cool summer night you may want to substitute it for a full sleeve cardigan in the fall and winter months.

Talbots CORSAGE CARDIGAN $119
Talbots CORSAGE CARDIGAN $119

A Simple Black Cardigan Belongs in Every Woman's Closet

When you decide to give into the trend and add some ladies cardigans to your wardrobe, don't forget to pick up a simple black cardigan; it will go with everything.

Finding a cardigan that fits just right at a price-point you don’t feel guilty about can prove to be a little tricky. Once you find the very right one you may want to consider buying two in different colors. A variety of classic and more contemporary ladies cardigans can be found at stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, H&M, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Express, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth, and New York & Co.

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      mysisters 

      7 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your Hub. Cardigans are definitely a staple item to have in your closet. They are great for a casual look or for throwing one over a dress for a more dressy look.

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