Photographed in the 6ème arrondissement, Paris.
I don't know about you, but I do not find it easy to dress for cold weather. I love wearing a big oversized coat, but after months of the same 2 to 3 on rotation, I feel like my sartorial style has done a dive bomb into the arena of bland. Despite growing up in the UK and now living in Paris, where the temperatures can be a little milder during winter and warmer in summer, I start going into hibernation mode the minute the temperatures drop below 20 degrees. I know I’m a wuss, but I’m not a fan of the cold and never have been. In rebellion I immediately reach for chunky knits, attempting to hide under as many layers as possible and my legs go on sabbatical until the following spring. But I have been getting a little tired of wearing jumpers and jeans day in day out, so I’ve started swapping sweaters for cardigans.
The great thing about a cardigan is that it’ll keep you cosy, while looking a little more stylish than a chunky polo necked knit that literally covers everything up to your ears. They are also great for layering and you can easily wear one over a polo or mock neck for extra cosiness and still see both layers. Forget any images of your grandma's twinsets and pearls that might be flashing in your mind (although twinsets are back on trend anyway), cardigans are cool. I spotted this turquoise style with a belt a little while ago, as it reminded me of a beautiful pink design by Victoria Beckham. I snapped it up and I’ve been wearing it continuously these past few weeks. Look for details - big or brown buttons, a cropped style or of the chunkier knitted, vintage variety.
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Photographed by Monika Varšavskaja, edited by me.