The slouchy cardigan and two ways to wear it
Welcoming in the new year in full-blown technicolour… To be completely honest, right now I’m wearing this burnt orange, slouchy cardigan over a khaki jumpsuit rather than slinky trousers but let’s pretend that my life is a tad more glamorous than it actually is. The chunky, longer length cardigan is perfect at this time of year, going from spare room (TNMA HQ) to the sofa during semi-hibernation. Early January always gets off to a slow start, though obviously that doesn’t mean my style cred is dormant. Tangerine dream? Why not, said the Seasider…
Once seen as quite grungy (not a bad thing), the oversized knit is now well groomed and grown up. This is the Eyre cardigan from British brand Finisterre, it’s an absolute cracker and comes in 100% Donegal merino wool. As featured in last summer’s Telegraph column, over a linen skirt and trainers (see below). I’m always careful not to get carried away when trying on lots of lovely clothes for features but when I noticed the chunky cardigan at half-price in the sale, I snapped it up. The gorgeous, burnt orange colour is now sold out but the Eyre style is continued from one season to the next and there are more sizes available in dark olive green or a chic shade of indigo (also reduced in the sale). Whistles has a shorter cardigan in a similar colour HERE and COS has a wrapover style HERE. At the more expensive end of the spectrum is the Wool Welt Pocket cardigan by MHL in ochre.
Treat oversized styles like a jacket and wear over everything. As a teenager, I used to nab my dad’s old cardigans and pair them with drainpipe jeans and DMs, and proportion-wise this silhouette still works (in winter I live in slim leg trousers or coated jeans and stompy boots). See also, cropped boot flare trousers and sneakers. The relaxed feel doesn’t have to involve a longer-line ‘dad cardigan’, the shorter, boxy knit has an insouciant slouch about it and looks great with jeans and Capri pants. Think Diane Keaton cool, rather than Grace Kelly prim.
I’d recommend woolly tights or knee socks with brogues or knee boots for a winter version of the second outfit.
More independent knitwear brands HERE. And a selection of chunky cardigans to choose from:
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First outfit: Eyre cardigan from Finisterre. Sailor top from my recent partnership with Seasalt Cornwall. Silk trousers were a gift from Winser London a couple of years ago. Velvet mules bought in the LK Bennett sale (again, a couple of years ago) – try Le Monde Beryl for similar.
Second outfit: same cardigan. Breton top from Community Clothing. Linen skirt from agnes b. Grenson sneakers. All clothes loaned and returned.