Cardigans cover a broad range of fashion by definition; technically a cardigan is a type of sweater that has an open front. Surprisingly, this preppy fashion staple has military roots. Named after Earl Cardigan a British Army Major General, the cardigan sweater was originally made to keep soldiers warm during winter in war time. The sweater was then adopted by fisher man, but the style soon spread to the fashionable realm of academia.  Now-a-days, women and men alike wear the open sweaters during the cool weather months. The cardigan is a classic winter wardrobe staple that can add freshness, warmth and elegance to any look.

The cardigan is the perfect sweater for the office environment; it’s classic, cute, functional and fashionable. For a great work outfit, pair a pastel cardigan with a fitted pencil skirt and nude pumps. This look is very office appropriate but just a tad sexy and extremely figure flattering. For an evening appropriate cardigan outfit, take a cue for Michelle Obama and pair a darling A-line dress with an open cardigan and belt it to accentuate your waist line. This look is the ultimate in class and sophistication, making it perfect for a date or a formal gathering.

Try The Trend Tips

We defiantly suggest you invest in a few cardigans for the upcoming fall/winter fashion season, but before you do here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Layer your cardigan over classic fashion pieces like a t-shirt or tank top. This is the simplest, no fuss way to rock the trend.

In the summer a cardigan makes a great swim suite cover up. So it’s perfect while at a resort, on a cruise or just lounging by the pool.

Replace a suit jacket with a cardigan for a fresh update to the everyday woman’s work suit.