Five Ways to Wear a Grey Cardigan


You can get endless outfits from a single cardigan. A plain cardigan in a versatile color such as grey can be worn in a myriad of styles which you may not have considered. Here are five ideas for different looks you can do with a simple grey cardigan.

Casually unbuttoned

cardigan3The easiest way to wear a cardigan is to throw it over any (decent) outfit, and leave it undone. A nice V-necked tee shirt is the most laidback option for your top half. Alternatively, a casual shirt never looks bad under an unbuttoned cardigan. When left unbuttoned, its neckline won’t be visible, so you don’t need to be concerned about clashing with the neckline of the top under it.

With a tie

Take your cardigan from sloppy style to smart with the simple addition of a shirt and tie. This works best with block colors, and they can’t all be neutrals. There needs to be at least one interesting color to focus on. A grey cardigan with a maroon shirt and a black tie is an optimal combination. You could also reverse it, and wear a colored cardigan with a plain white shirt and black tie. It’s essential to wear your cardigan buttoned up for this look. You’ll find that most cardigans sit better with the bottom button or two left undone, particularly if you have a short torso.

With a patterned shirt

Look sharp with a geeky patterned shirt, buttoned all the way up, under a nicely buttoned cardigan in a block color. Add a pair of spectacles for a finishing touch to a fashionably nerdy outfit. This looks particularly striking with a brightly colored shirt combined with a plain grey cardigan and black jeans. It is ideal for trying our shirt patterns that you’re not so sure about, such as this year’s floral shirt trend.

Layered with a scarf

Cardigans are a perfect layering piece. You can wear one over a shirt and light sweater, or even switch the light sweater with a vest for an eye-catching outfit. You may want to add a heavy coat on top of your cardigan if the weather permits, which should always be left open to show off the outfit underneath. Top it off with a scarf, the must-have piece in any layered outfit. With layering, you should always be able to see part of each layer. With a cardigan, usually all you can see is a small section of the front; less if you leave it unbuttoned.

With bright pants

If you’re lucky enough to have a pair of colored pants in your wardrobe (think maroon, green, or even yellow), chances are that you don’t get enough wear out of it. Bright pants are notoriously difficult to match with. This is where a grey cardigan is perfect- it will complement an interesting pair of pants, without diverting attention to itself. A plain top, preferably a V-neck tee, in a different shade of grey is a must for this look.

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