This season, outerwear is one of the most important things in your wardrobe because it’s what’s most likely going to keep you from freezing your behind off. And I know putting on some chunky coat or wearing a jacket can be a bit tedious sometimes, so I’m here to present to you the next best thing – Cardigans. A lot of people think cardigans are boring, serious stereotype clothing and their sole function is to keep you warm when the weather gets a bit harsh or to just pull out of your bag when you get into the cold movie theatre. Wrong. Today, cardigans not only keep you warm, but serve as a tool to keep you looking absolutely chic and stylish! Don’t believe me? Keep reading. First on (y)our journey to enlightenment, the current cardigan trends: Colored/Shiny Cardigans [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption] I already told you I’m all about “Bright and Colourful” this season, so you really shouldn’t be surprised. A bright colored cardigan will brighten up even the most basic-looking/simplistic outfit and help you steal all the positive attention in a room. Worried about layering your outfit? Have no fear! When working with bright cardigans, I find it’s always best for me to go with my instincts. Pair them the way you would normally pair your blouses and tees. You can’t go wrong. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="532"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption] Pulling off the shiny cardigan is a bit tricky, but definitely doable. Pair shimmery jewel tones with darker tops to give a balanced, elegant look and simultaneously make a statement. Patterned Cardigans [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption] You could always try rocking something with patterns (which are also very in this season) but it’s important to remember not to go overboard with this style. Always go with a sober colour when picking out a cardigan with patterns. To make a statement, go for really bold patterns, leave the cardigan open, and wear a kickass attitude. Cardigan Tops [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="526"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption] A lot of labels are into this trend right now. They aren’t too big or too long and are just like your normal, everyday top. Hence, they can easily be paired with a pair of denims for more casual days and trousers for your work meetings or formal occasions. I love them because you can get them in a variety of colors and patterns like every other top, and you don’t really need to wear another top inside if you don’t feel like! With the right accessories, you can make a cardigan top look just as fab as a normal one and you’ll stay warm doing so. Belted Cardigans [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption] Most favor this trend because this way, they get to treat their cardigans as wraps and it’s always fun to play around with all sorts of belts. Personally, I favor the slim, metallic ones over the bolder ones, but then again the occasion does come into play. You’ll see more on belts a bit later. Because I know you, like me, are often thinking about fashion, I know you’re also thinking about comfort. Often, we choose style over comfort, but I’m going to show you how to strike a balance. It’s possible there’s someone reading this right now and thinking “I only have one cardigan. How am I going to pull off this trend?” I did some scouring and found a pretty interesting site that answers this exact question. It’s pretty neat. If you follow the link, you can see how you can wear your cardigan in ten awesome ways! The best part is there’s a look for every style, from grunge to chic, and I’I'm most definitely going to try them out myself. Do you now see how awesome cardigans are? If you don't have one (or more) already, hurry up and get one now. It’s a serious investment in trends. Yes, that’s right. You can wear cardigans every season. But that’s a post for another day. By Coco Anetor-Sokei
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