A cardigan is a must-have in my wardrobe, and if any item is essential for working in a library, it’s the cardigan. It’s so practical! Often, a library can feel cold because a lower temperature is best for print and archival collections (if I remember correctly from my grad school days, around 70 degrees Celsius is a good, steady temp for books and other materials). And as a librarian for life, I have a good selection of cardigans — and always have my eye on collecting more. 😉
Going through my archives, here are five ways that I’ve styled a cardigan:
All buttoned up
Wearing a cardigan all buttoned up can mimic the look of a sweater. So easy!
Buttoned only at the top
Buttoning only the top button of a cardigan lends a slightly retro look to an outfit. Next time I try this, I think I’ll add a brooch, à la Michelle Obama.
I recently tried layering a cropped cardigan over a longer-sleeved top. It definitely added a bit of visual interest (and kept me warm in the library during this chilly month).
Open over a dress
Cardigans are essential layering pieces, a basic building block of a wardrobe. I’ve found that layering a cardigan over a dress — but leaving the cardigan open and unbuttoned — can help to visually slim the mid-section.
I’ve tried this only once (so far), and it felt really strange at first, I admit. My husband was not sold on this look, but I ended up loving the effect!