Shopping for a Cardigan Sweater

Shopping for a Cardigan Sweater

The Classic Cardigan Sweater
Comfortable Authority

Over the last several years we have seen the cardigan sweater emerge as a garment that projects authority, a casual/comfortable authority. Anna Wintour, the British editor, whose opinion influences the fashion world was seen wearing them in the movie, “The September Issue”, a documentary about the creation of Vogue’s 2007 biggest issue ever. Michelle Obama wears them on occasion over dresses, skirts and pants.


If you need to look more “put together”, a cardigan sweater with or without a belt can do the trick and is less expensive than a jacket.

The Right Way to Wear a Cardigan : Colder Weather Fashion

When shopping for a cardigan sweater, look for quality and a good fit. When considering quality, look for careful stitching around the neckline, button holes and front placket. Check to see if the side seams and cuff ribbing seams are almost invisible. Check the grosgrain ribbon behind the button holes. It should lay smooth and flat. The knitting should be dense. A good fitting cardigan should not be too tight or too loose. You should be able to button it up the front comfortably and armholes should not be too tight.


In general a chunky knit cardigan looks more casual than a fine dense knitted sweater.

If you can afford only one cardigan, look for a cashmere cardigan in your wardrobe basic color or one that compliments your wardrobe basic color.

A fine knitted sweater works for casual or dressy occasions.

You will get more wear out of a classic style cardigan. A trendy style cardigan can go out of style quickly.


Wash by hand and lay on a flat surface to dry or send to the dry cleaners.

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