Hi there and welcome to Spring Trends Week 2020 at Dressed for My Day. We kicked off the week yesterday with a simple but pretty blue jeans outfit, in which I incorporated 5 spring trends. And today I’m sharing the new modern way to style your traditional cardigans. I am so excited about this simple, but oh-so-modern styling hack. This is a great way to make your spring looks very contemporary without buying a single thing!
I think I actually gave away several of my traditional cardigans at the end of last summer, but now I wish I had them back. I’ve been noticing a new, modern way to wear these simple front button cardigans everywhere from high fashion runways to online storefronts.
The current trend is to wear your traditional button up cardigan more like a wrap cardigan, tucking in the front in a sort of criss-cross fashion.
Right now is a great time to practice this new styling hack because you can layer it under a blazer or coat, letting just the front peek through like I have here. That way you’ll have this trend down pat when you pull out your spring cardigans and prepare to wear them with your favorite cropped jeans or denim skirt. You’ll be a trend setter!
Let’s walk through the simple 1-2-3s of this style hack.
STEP #1 – Pull the button side of your cardigan across your front toward the opposite side and tuck it in neatly. You may or may not tuck the back of your sweater. That’s up to you.
STEP #2 – Pull the button-hole side of your cardigan across the front to the other side and tuck it in likewise. Again, you don’t have to tuck in the back if you don’t want. Don’t worry if it feels a little tight.
STEP #3 – Now simply zhuzh up the front flap a little, making it look a little more relaxed and effortless. This just takes practice and playing around with the style.
But you don’t have to stop there. You can add another modern touch by rolling/cuffing the sleeves of your traditional cardigan a little. Here’s how I rolled up my sleeves so that they look effortlessly chic and stay put.
Step #1 – Double the sleeve up by pulling the hem of one sleeve up and back over the sleeve, as seen below.
Step #2 – Now pull the folded edge up and back over the folded portion of the sleeve, as shown below.
Step #3 – Now roll down the raw edge just a little over the new fold.
Step #4 – Finally pull all of this folded sleeve a little further up your arm, scrunching it a bit as you go. The goal is to create an effortless look (even though it definitely takes a little effort!), but also to lodge the sleeve into place so it doesn’t keep slipping down.
Do these little styling hacks stretch out your cardigan a little? Yep. So if the thought of stretching out your sweater bugs you, don’t do these. But I see it as a trade off that’s worth keeping my look more modern and interesting.
I shared these style hacks with black and taupe so that you could easily see the details in my photos, but you can use these tricks with any color or printed cardigan. This is a great way to make the traditional cardigans in your wardrobe look more contemporary and stylish.
Will you try this style hack? Do you have any questions? I’ll do my best to answer. And I’d love to hear what you think of this modern way to wear your traditional cardigans.
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