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
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.
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.
A SELECTION OF CARDIGAN/COATIGANS:
All photos by Laura Hines. She has perfectly captured the mood of the autumn colours. Follow her on Instagram.