Lightweight, the summer cardigan is a must-have; nights out in July can be cool if you’re dining in a posh restaurant with the climate control zeroed in at a modestly-cool temperature. Theaters also have a dramatically cooler temperature than an evening outdoors in August; and these nights out require the added warmth of a cropped or semi-cardigan.
In summer, a cardigan can adorn any style. Are you after that dainty, flirty romantic look? The sweet gals can find lace embroidered vintage cardigans with pearl-embellished buttons, for instance. A vintage cardigan sweater can run up to $29 on eBay. How about sporting a fun style? Funky fashionistas have access to bold polka-dotted patterns and stripes in bright colors.
Cardigans for summer also come in a variety of lightweight materials: velvety/fuzzy chenille, sheer and semi-sheer, crocheted, beaded, silk blends, linen, cashmere, knit and breathable cotton.
Styles vary for comfort, convenience and look: Long cardigans beautify tall frames; sleeveless cardigans look pretty darn svelte with jeans and a tank top. Additional cardigan styles include cascading cardigans, pleated cardigans, crewneck cardigans and shrug cardigans.
The cardigan is versatile, and the innumerable ways to wear it is more than functional; it is a style that defies all trends. After all, the cardigan has lasted for over 150 years!
Wear a boyfriend cardigan with leggings and a t-shirt. Belt the cardigan with a dress for a sleek look. Dazzle up your summer dress with a shrug.
A little history on the cardigan
The cardigan was modeled after a wool waistcoat that British officers wore during the Crimean War in the mid-nineteenth century. A British army major, James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, was the inspiration behind the garment’s name.
Find cardigans in any women’s department store, boutique, eBay.com or etsy.com, among other websites that sell women’s fashions. Below you’ll find a sample of stores, from those that sell high-end designs to affordable yet quality cardigans.
676 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Summer boyfriend cardigans start at $29.90
111 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602 USA
A multi-stitch belted cardigan is $106.80
Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago
700 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Summer cardigans range from $150 to $998