It’s springtime in NYC, which means the weather can’t make up its mind. Forget day-to-day, every hour there’s a ten-degree change in temperature. We battle out this quixotic season with that staple of fickle weather and over-airconditioned offices the world over—the cardigan. Here are three simple tips to keep it looking sleek, stylish, and anything but frumpy.
1. Long Lines: If your cardi is long and lean, so will you be. Look for sweaters that hit at or below the widest part of your hips to give your upper half a lengthened (and therefore slenderized) appearance.
2. Bulk-Free: “Lightweight” is the key word in keeping layers from looking sloppy. Ultra thin materials, like jersey and modal, add a little warmth without any extra heft.
3. Create A Waist: The cardinal sin of most cardigans is that they hide the slimmest part of your waist. The solution? Add a belt. For a sleeker look, ditch the bathrobe-esque self-belt and mix and match other belts instead, or opt for a cardigan that comes with a real belt, like this one from Charlotte Russe.