12 Nov 2019

Swap The Blazer: Layer Up With The Cardigan

Layer Up With The Cardigan on vickiarcher.com


Another forgotten favourite, the cardigan.

I’m talking about a classic style, “tailored” not too long and not the too short style of button-up sweater. Wearing these with a man-style shirt and jeans or trousers was once one of my most worn looks – the cardigan was a relaxed alternative to the blazer but still had the put-together feel I wanted. I was a fan of lace-up flat shoes and would wear those – they need to come back too.


Cardigans can be very tricky and go very wrong.

Too long or too full and they run the risk of looking very dowdy. A trim, two-pocket button-up is another matter; they remind me of an old-fashioned cardigan my grandfather would wear with his shirt and tie.


Wearing a cardigan with an A-line skirt or fuller style mid-length is also a winner. Imagine a pretty blouse underneath or simply alone with tights and lace-ups, a small heel or a pair of booties. The cardigan is a very practical and also comfortable addition to both mid-season and winter wardrobes. A heavy coat can sit comfortably on top when we need it.


More and more I am falling back to familiar pieces; to the classics I know and trust. I wear them differently than I once did but I am starting to see a pattern. The cardigans were a staple, in grey, in black and sometimes in a camel colour (paired with grey flannel trousers and a white shirt) and a work uniform for me.


The cardigan will never replace a blazer for me – a tailored blazer will always hold first place – but they make a wonderful alternative when the structure of a fitted jacket is prohibitive.



I’m all for alternatives and making our wardrobes work together. Never underestimate this one. xv




This Is The Style I’m Talking About

1901 wool & cashmere cardigan  ||  madewell arbour cardigan sweater  ||  joseph button cashmere cardigan




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image,carolyn murphy, naked cashmere 19

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3 Comments

Linda B

I adore cardigans! I find them much easier to wear than blazers, as a matter of fact. I love the classic ones; one of my prized possessions is a ruby red cashmere cardigan from Pringle of Scotland that my aunt gave me years ago. But I also have handknit myself many different cardigans over the years, in various weights and kinds of yarn. Recently, having noticed my daughter wearing golden/mustard yellow cardigans for the past few years with about any and everything, I made myself a nice fitted cardigan with bracelet length sleeves in this colorway–and I am finding it indeed goes with anything I am wearing. It is unexpected, and fun. I highly recommend having a cardigan in this color besides the basic blacks and greys.

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Sunflower

Linda, my Mum loved Pringle cardigans, very stylish. I’d love to knit with the skill you have, how wonderful. As for a cardigan, I tend to wear cropped ones in summer sometimes but I like this idea Vicki with a lovely blouse as there are some beautiful necklines out there at the moment.

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Missi Smith

I like cardigans and blazers too. I especially loved the look of the Joseph.

Glad you had a nice time in Paris. Your IG photos were lovely!

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