How to wear new style cardigans

How to wear new style cardigans

Many of us reach for a cardigan as a fail-safe option in our mercurial climate. It is such a practical garment; so easy to pop with dresses, skirts or trousers. Over the last few seasons, the humble cardi has had a makeover. Is it a coat or a cardigan?

The classic cardigan seems to have grown longer, wider and fuller over the last few seasons. A new word has been invented “The Coatigan”. Coatigans are a handy coat/cardigan hybrid. They combine the best bits of the coat and cardigan.

Here I am wearing a hooded coatigan by WinserLondon this years version. Similar John Lewis (also available in navy). My grey roll neck is from Uniqlo (Uk). My new over the knee boots are from MarksandSpencer (US link)  My red hat is a few years old from Whistles. Similar at Etsy

How to wear new style cardigans

A good tip to elongate the silhouette and add height is to wear a colourful longline cardigan/coat over dark basics. A trick I am using in the above photo.

How to wear new style cardigans

Tips when buying cardigans

  • Choose a style that is flattering to your shape. We all tend to get those roly-poly lumps and bumps around our middles, and it is therefore normally best to choose a more forgiving style.
  • Unless you are blessed with very slim hips, it is not a good idea to wear a cardigan that ends at your widest part. Longline cardigans are often a better idea.
  • If you want to go for a brighter colour, make sure it suits your skin tone so that it reflects a flattering light onto your face.


My necklace was a present from a friend. Similar Etsy.

How I styled my pink knitted cardicoat last year.


All photos by Laura Hines. She has perfectly captured the mood of the autumn colours. Follow her on Instagram.


  1. 9th October 2017 / 13:41

    I’ve been on the lookout for a longer, camel colored cardigan. This keeps me motivated to keep up the hunt.

  2. 9th October 2017 / 15:12

    I have always loved long cardigans..even when they were very hard to find! Anthropologie has carried some great ones consistently. From a boyfriend type to long “coatigans”, I love them all! They dress up whatever you are wearing, look well styled and are available in SO many versions and textures. One of my all time favorites!!!

    • 10th October 2017 / 15:30

      Thank you Libby. I agree with your comments. I have several versions of the long cardigan in my wardrobe.

  3. Anna harvey
    9th October 2017 / 15:34

    Lovely selection

    9th October 2017 / 15:42

    I only wear LONG sweaters or CARDIGANS………….BUT this NEW WORD IS FUN FUN FUN!
    I haven’t heard this BEFORE!
    Love the PINK!

  5. Lesley Day
    9th October 2017 / 15:42

    Great idea! Must go shopping! Thank you as ever

  6. Debbie Hull
    9th October 2017 / 16:10

    Oh Josephine , you look so pretty in the pink. I love pink. It’s your color . I like the longer cardigan look. I love your photos and your articles. As always, I will be anxiously waiting to hear more from you my dear friend. Have a great day.

    • 10th October 2017 / 15:27

      Hi Debbie
      Thank you for your kind words. Yes I do love pink. I think it can be very flattering if you have grey hair.

  7. Theresa
    9th October 2017 / 18:39

    Hi Josephine, You always look stunningly gorgeous and I love your stylish suggestions.They keep me motivated to try something new!
    Thanks so much.

    • 10th October 2017 / 15:24

      Thank you for your comment. That is the purpose of this biog to encourage my readers to try something new.

  8. Liv
    9th October 2017 / 22:33

    Love the color combo!


  9. 9th October 2017 / 23:40

    Delightful as always and such a lovely light in thoae photos. I am too very keen on longer cardigans as they keep my lower back warm. Thanks for sharing your great fashion tips! Julie

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