Return of the cardigan
At a conference the other day, I noticed a recurring theme. It was nothing to do with PowerPoint presentations or pie charts; simply that two out of the four elegantly dressed women at my table were wearing cardigans. Style note: adornment is key. One was charcoal grey with hand-embellished appliqué trailing down the right arm like a gigantic tattoo; the other, bottle-green cashmere decorated with a cluster of vintage brooches.
Though, a plain and simple cardi paired with silver and sequins works a treat, too. See Linda Rodin (above).
While this may not sound like cutting-edge fashion news, to many women the return of a beloved wardrobe staple heralds a form of sartorial vindication. Embellished, colourful, often worn in conjunction with a sleeveless dress (think early noughties Nigella) the button-fronted knit has been in exile for almost a decade, replaced by pared-down, fuss-free Gentlewoman style. Now, thanks largely to Gucci’s vintage-inspired maximalism, the decorative cardigan is back and I can take my Lurex collection out of storage. Hooray.
I was at Hobbs HQ the other day planning a couple of events (more news coming soon) and I noticed that they have a variety of styles with polka dots and patterns, available HERE.
The cardi is back with a bang and I’ve written about it for the FT, read the full feature HERE.