Easily matchable with a number of looks, cardigans have become a staple piece in every woman’s wardrobe. Cardigan styles range from the most basic and simple ones to very intricate detailed products. With more elongated shapes, this broadly worn garment appears this Fall as cardigan dresses, a trend you definitely will be seeing everywhere next season. Need a little help finding the perfect cardigan dress or learning how to style this new trend? We got your back!

Cardigans first appeared around the 19th Century as part of man’s wardrobe, commonly worn by British Army Officials, and, at that time, they used to be mostly made out of wool. Allegedly, this garment got its name chosen as an homage to James Thomas Brudenell, the Count of Cardigan, in Wales. Nowadays, this piece of clothing with frontal closing buttons and long sleeves is widely worn by both men and women. Over time, cardigan styles and shapes have varied a lot according to the latest fashion trends such as cropped, maxi, asymmetric, crochet, animal print, printed, embroidered, or plain. For this year’s Fall, this extremely classic and timeless piece of garment is now presented in a new style as cardigan dresses.

Moreover, cardigan dresses are a more elongated version of the classic cardigan shape, that instead of stopping around the waist area, its length goes down to the tights, stopping before hitting the knees. The cardigan dress trend has been spotted in several of early this year’s runway shows, which points to it as a must-have product for the approaching season. As the right balance between comfort and elegance, cardigan dresses are just the perfect fit for Fall: during warmer days, lighter materials such as cotton can be chosen and, for colder days, wool or cashmere cardigan dresses can be worn as an extra warmth layer under a heavier coat.

Marques’ Almeida Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Runway Show – Look 48:

Pink Cardigan Dress

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Besides being extremely comfortable and cozy, cardigan dresses are also incredibly versatile, as they can be matched to a number of pieces to create different outfits. Whether it is a chunky knitted garment or a delicate one with appliques and embroideries, stylish looks with cardigan dresses can be finished off with sneakers, boots, pumps, sandals, and even mules. Furthermore, as the look’s centerpiece, the cardigan dress can be added up by tights, scarfs, jewelry, bags, head pieces, and other accessories. It all depends on the style you choose to adopt as well as if you intend to dress it up or down, according to the situation you are wearing it for. A simple black cardigan dress can be turned into a chic look for a date night when worn with a pair of powerful heels, statement accessories and red lips. On the other hand, for a more practical approach, the same cardigan dress can be paired with sneakers, a backpack and a ponytail to run errands on a busy day, it is up to you.

If you are already in love with cardigan dresses just like us and can’t wait to get your hands on your next piece, here is a little list with a few options on where to buy the perfect cardigan dress for Fall:

1. Line & Dot Elise Cardigan: CA$ 65.51

Revolve Cardigan Dress

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2. Aritzia Babaton Lacer Cardigan: CA$ 198.00

Aritzia Cardigan Dress

Photo Credit: Aritzia

3. Zara Textured Weaved Dress: CA$79.90

Zara Cardigan Dress

Photo Credit: Zara

4. DRAE Ssense Exclusive Black Alpaca Knit Cardigan Dress: CA$ 410.00

Ssense Cardigan Dress

Photo Credit: Ssense

What are your thoughts on cardigan dresses? Are you ready to jump into this new Fall trend? Prepare your wallet and get the shopping started!

Published by HOLR Magazine.