Cardigans were my lifeline when I graduated college. During the summer, I’d keep one in my bag for the air-conditioned office; during the winter, I’d always be wearing one over my “going out” tops (you know what I’m talking about). They kept me the perfect temperature on a plane when I was constantly traveling and were a pillar of my work wardrobe. Then, I switched industries where I could be as casual as I wanted–I ditched my cardigans. I traded in my pencil skirts for skinny jeans and my cadigans for oversized sweaters and leather jackets.
Almost a decade later, I’ve “rediscovered” the cardigan. I’ve been craving a sweater that’s a little more refined–a bit more ladylike. And while it looks lovely over a dress or skirt, I am loving it with a pair of straight leg jeans. Wearing it over dresses or with skirts is a perfectly feminine option; I find I can pair it just as easily with cool-looking denim these days. So, I’m reclaiming my love for the cardigan–having a cashmere option doesn’t hurt, either.