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New Classics: The Cardigan

Now that fall is in full swing, I've been thinking about layering for cold weather. The garment I find most versatile for layering is the cardigan sweater. Cardigans allow you to stay warm and still remain stylish. I know they evoke a Mr. Rogers or grandpa vibe but cardigans have evolved. The array of fabrics, fits and colors have a modern look and feel that is very contemporary.

I typically wear mine in place of a jacket when temperatures call for a medium jacket. I also throw a cardigan on as a layering piece that I can take off if I get too warm. The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan. Brudenell was a British Army Major General who fought during the Crimean War. The cardigan was modeled after the knitted wool waistcoats (vests) that British officers wore during the war. The fame that Lord Cardigan achieved after the war led to the Cardigans popularity.

Over the years I've invested in a number of styles: shawl collar, chunky cable knit, and preppy. The one thing each style has in common is versatility. You can dress a cardigan up and wear it under a blazer or keep it casual and wear it over a T-shirt. Paired with your favorite pair of boots, you'll have a look that gets you noticed.

I like to mix my wardrobe up with patterned cardigans as well as those in solid colors to provide options. You'll find that having a few different styles will always keep your look fresh and interesting. Stay stylish friends...

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