The cardigan may never make the most outré of fashion statements but as an all rounder favorite there is much to recommend. Apart from the infinite diversity of styling nuances, wearing one is as comforting as a hug.
A cashmere cardigan is an indulgence, but the luxury raises the style to a chic level. Small, neat and pure, cashmere adds a prim and proper touch. Perfect if you need a little camouflage or warmth for arms on cool summer evenings, the cardigan gives the sleeveless dress more mileage.
In fact a cardigan can be thrown on over almost anything without smothering the impact of what lies beneath, and the flexibility it offers is paramount to its appeal. It probably hasn't escaped your notice that Chanel's famous boucle jacket – a garment with one of the highest currencies in the world – is really, at heart, a cardigan.
This June have a look at the Winser London cardigan options. It’s a good idea to have a few to hand to wear over your sleeveless dresses. Never be put off buying sleeveless, just purchase the right cardigan to work the dress.
The cable stitch cashmere cardigan works with all shapes of dress, even fit and flare. I like the contrast of the cashmere teamed with a more casual sleeveless maxi dress too. You might also consider the Waterfall Cardigan or the Audrey Cashmere “coat” with the simplest dress.
The Embroidered Lace Dress in red or navy will look adorable with a cashmere cardigan to wear on the way out in the evening as a cover up. The delicately striped and tipped cardigan is an easy win with any number of dresses. I like the idea of a hip combination of the Boyfriend Cardigan over a shift dress, like the Miracle Shift Dress.
SILK CASHMERE BLEND WATERFALL CARDIGAN £125
CASHMERE TIPPED CARDIGAN £225
Style Agenda by Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com