How to Wear a Cardigan

An article a little more consistent (aha), since this will both address the cardigans and DO and DO NOT of this piece is still inspiring once the Korean fashion, not necessarily free from defects either. We start with a cardigan and a t-shirt.

Yet it is for me the high ideal to dress in summer: perfect for bear in complete relaxation the fresh morning dew. And as the temperature rises, one can unbutton, then roll up his sleeves, then take off his cardigan (I might as well describe a strip tease when writing this, but it is only an unfortunate chance).

No revolutionary explanation: a sober night blue cardigan worn with a light gray / white striped tee shirt. A subtle contrast. The somewhat dull holding that the eye is drawn immediately by the t-shirt that has the merit of being more work than just white t-shirt… and thus give a desired side for holding. It’s casual: so it’s perfect for a tea party with friends on a summer morning.

A white tee could also do the job at the skin / hair contrast level. The logic of equilibrium is often verified:

A cardigan risky to wear, but assembled with very very simple pieces. No unnecessary accumulation.

An outfit similar riskier… A cardigan in particular gradient, vivid color tee shirt, it works because the colors are balanced and form a coherent contrast. The worn out effect of jeans (which could almost be a DRKSHDW by Rick Owens) fits perfectly with the washed-out effect of the cardigan. A very nice outfit therefore, but two strong pieces (the cardigan and jeans) remain in them even harder to pay with more conventional clothing (with dark jeans cardigan is I think less well integrated into the holding).

A counter example: the cardigan pattern is interesting in itself. And its buttonhole reminds much that of a vest of costume and the black and gray border to the collar brings a touch of originality. White tee shirt not contrast enough against the cardigan, so much so that at the beginning of the buttonhole it is hard to distinguish r d t-shirt u cardigan. A overlay is for me always be both subtle, But well marked. Here, it is too subtle and is not pleasing to the eye.

Let’s add in a layer now: cardigan, shirt and t-shirt We spend three layers: a more manageable course, but the advantage of that cardi is possible to hide the rough cut (level bending or shoulder) Of a shirt. With three layers, one can make a logical and coherent superposition. For example the same color tone taken in several different ways.

Here we play with different shades of brown by introducing different patterns and different materials. A coherent outfit, which does not necessarily go from the clearest to the darkest.

Still a good balance here. Note the subtle reminder of the buttons of the cardigan with the tee-shirt. A layer can also be in rupture with the others to mark the contrast more easily: here, it is the tee-shirt that helps to darken the outfit.

A logical progression here, from the most visible to the most sober. I am on the other hand a little skeptical about this outfit: the light effects of photography (areas of shadows on the heart for example) play a lot on rendering. In truth, the rendering is I think much more uncertain. Still remember the progression.

No shirt here, but this top is a textbook case for me. A good cardigan gray anthracite or even light gray will balance any shirt checked a little too colorful. It is casual very easy and very accessible.

Finally, a semi counter-example: the shirt / cardigan overlay is very good: light blue contrasting with white and dark blue stripes. It’s perfect color level. But again, the tee does not contrast quite sharply with the shirt: it would have required a dark gray or white tee. Besides its color, a tee with a ribbed collar is for me not suitable for overlays and generally cheap.

Opt for overlays minimalist t-shirt, a slightly scooped neck. For example this American Vintage tee-shirt, an extremely reliable brand for the basics:

To finish, the superposition never to do with a cardigan! An unshakable core logic of layering: we will always thinner to thicker. And big fat hoodies are usually much thicker and more consistent than a cardigan. On the other hand, putting a hoodie with zip over a cardigan is not incensed. (But that’s what we’ll see in a future article).

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