By better understanding the history of certain clothing, we should think about how many times our clothes have influenced our lives, becoming true symbols. Even though it may seem like a simple sweater that we’re used to hanging in the wardrobe, the cardigan is the foundation stone for fashion that has imposed the most popular styles of our day.
Cardigan pullover is still a fashionable item. It can be worn with jeans or light pants, and some women’s cardigans can also wear a dress or shorts on a cold evening. This extremely versatile coat is suited when it’s cold, but the season does not allow you to wear a jacket or a sweater on your neck.
The cardigan sweater’s story begins in the mid-1800s during the Crimean War. James Thomas Brudenell was the 7th Cardigan Count – hence the name of this sweater. This British military commander who fought on the front was the one who introduced the cardigan sweater to folk culture.
But the cardigan became very popular in the seventeenth century due to the French and, in the British Isles, thanks to the fishermen. These sweaters have proven incredibly useful on the cold sea.
Being made of more durable materials such as wool, these sweaters were provided in front of buttons or other items with which they could be closed. Some cardigans will later have zippers instead of buttons.
In America, the cardigan was associated with television guy Fred McFeely Rogers (American doll, composer, writer and activist) known for the television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (1968-2001) dedicated to preschoolers. The success of this show has made generations of young people associate the cardigan with the one who made their beautiful childhood. Mister Rogers changes his cardigan at the beginning of each television show to show his passage in time. For many who grew up with Mr. Rogers, this sweater has become a beautiful part of their childhood.
There is also a story in which a cardigan has prevented an assassination attempt against a Bulgarian radio publisher. It seems like a secret agent tried to inject the radio with a poisonous ricin, but the substance did not get into the skin because the wool cardigan he was wearing was too thick.
Today, the cardigan is no longer perceived as an old fashioned outfit. On the contrary, as we can see in the appearances of the former Prime Minister Michelle Obama, it can be worn even in very elegant outfits. From the point of view of its evolution, the cardigan can be compared with the overalls. If ten years ago, the overalls were a casual coat, today women all over the world wear bib and evening wear.
A casual style is characterized a lot by the level of comfort. And we can say without worrying to be wrong that a cardigan is for sure very comfy. In addition, it is also extremely easy to be matched with various other pieces of outfit. This aspect gives you an advantage when you are creating your outfit, no matter the time of the day or the event you are attending.
The cardigan can be the key for a modern and very practical outfit. In time, ever since the time of the commander Brudnell and up to now, the cardigan has suffered many upgrades. Obviously, today the market offers a large variety of models and colors.
Perfectly completing almost any type of outfit, the cardigan is a piece of clothing far from being only practical. On the opposite, it is a piece of outfit that can be worn by everybody, no matter if you are a bold, delicate or conservative woman. It really does not matter how your personal style is, the cardigan is there for you.
I was saying above that a cardigan is a very versatile piece of outfit. This is noticeable very well no matter the place you want to wear it. You can wear it at the cinema, at the market, when going shopping, when going out with your friends to have a coffee, when going in a trip to the mountains, at a picnic and even in a club. Obviously, this depends a lot on how you will be able to create the perfect outfit combo for each event. You have to have the ability to find the most successful and proper associations between the pieces of your outfit.
The cardigan is your best friend when you are trying to create a stylish outfit but also when you try to highlight the best parts of your body. I am saying this because women should not consider the cardigan to be just a knitted sweater that can protect them from cold. If it is properly associated, it can get out of the crowd any woman.
The cardigan has another huge advantage and I am referring to the fact that it can be worn by a large area of ages, from the youngest ones to the older ones. Whether we are talking about the young students that are walking within the campus or going to classes wearing it, about the housewives when going shopping, or about the older women having a walk in the park, the cardigan is equally cherished and loved by women of all ages and occupations.