There are hundreds of cardigans of all shapes, colours and prices around this season, perfect for that cosy alternative to a jacket, or even for extra warmth underneath. Choose a bright one to add a splash of colour that’s so welcome in an otherwise dull office on a wintery day, like the red Empire from LK Bennett, pictured (£75). It would look fabulous over your grey shift or tweed dress – and don’t forget your lipstick to match. Paul Smith has a quirky Horse & Hound short cardigan, a must-have to go with your country check wool skirt; and if you really feel the cold then Agnes B (Floral St) has a gorgeous luxury turquoise cashmere cardigan for £265 – the colour will remind you of the Caribbean and so will the heat radiating from it.
Men can enjoy cardigans too, great with jeans and a shirt or polo shirt, and while they don’t replace a smart jacket for the office in quite the same way as they do for the girls, it’s certainly a relaxed way of making your shirt and trousers smarter and more contemporary.
Long or short, thick or fine, a cardigan will help complete your outfit, daytime or evening, smart or casual. This is the year of the cardi - how fabulously useful this simple item of clothing is.
Sara Hollamby is a business image consultant with Working Voices.com.