wardrobe essentials: cardigans

How do I love thee, cardigan? Let me count the ways. Today I’m going to address cardigans as a curvy girl’s wardrobe essential. Cardigans are a great way to add layers and texture to your outfit, to hide any trouble spots, to stay warm, and to add a little hint of vintage style.

My favorite way to style a cardi is on top of a blouse with either pants or a skirt. If I have a special or embellished cardigan, I wear it with a plain tank top so as not to distract from the cardigan itself. Cardigans also work really well work on top of dresses. They are fantastic work-appropriate wardrobe essentials.

When it comes to colors and prints, I love all of them. I have cardigans in sky blue, purple, light pink, turquoise, navy, and patterned ones in various colors. I don’t like to go overboard when it comes to mixing colors and patterns (ie. a floral print blouse work with a floral print cardigan is just too much print) but a little polka dot mixed with a little floral never hurt anybody. I love embellished cardigans too, whether with buttons, ruffles, or a flower or rosette.  Here are some of my current favorite cardigans.

me in a ruffle blouse and cardigan
me in a ruffle blouse and cardigan

My lovely coworker and friend Doris, who is also a very talented photographer and blogger too, snapped some photos of me today at work. She is SO good! Go check out her blog for more beautiful and amazing photography. I have to give her super duper props for standing on a chair to take pictures–she minimized my double chin, and for that I am eternally grateful.

What I’m wearing in this photo: The Limited Cardigan [purple color NLA; size XL], Forever 21 watercolor floral ruffled top [size L], Forever 21 bow headband [NLA; similar headband here], my beloved Melinda Maria moon and star necklace, and New York & Company grey a-line skirt circa 2007 and Kenneth Cole Reaction reddish peep toe sling back pumps circa 2006 [both not visible].

I simply love the look of a ruffled tank or blouse worn underneath a simple cotton cardigan. I also like cardis for their ability to camouflage problem areas like arms and bellies. There you go! There are so many ways to wear a cardigan, making it an important part of your wardrobe essentials.


4 thoughts on “wardrobe essentials: cardigans

  1. Cardigan’s are my favorite wardrobe essential — perfect for layering. Love the rich color of the purple cardi you’re wearing and the pick head band is the perfect touch!

    1. Thank you SO much for taking the pictures, Doris! you are such a talented photographer and I can’t wait to work with you again. Maybe you can do a guest post on my blog about fashion photography? heheh!

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