My clients with a bohemian aspect to their style, across all heights and body types, are enjoying big, patterned cardigans. These unstructured cardigans are fluid or oversized, patterned and very warm and cosy. They’re available in tunic and maxi lengths with long or three quarter sleeves.
Most of the patterns are in high contrast colours, which makes them extra bold. But subtle patterns in low contrast colours work just as well. I tend to prefer the look in neutrals. I also prefer them in shorter lengths for my petite clients.
The big patterned cardigan is typically a very casual piece, especially when it’s in a chunky knit. The more streamlined maxi styles in finer gauges look a little dressier, but they are still quite casual.
The silhouette is a slam dunk with slim-fit jeans or pants and boots, as a way of adding structure to the outfit. But I also really like the big cardigan matched with the leather midi skirt and peep-toe booties. It’s unexpected and just a little dressier. Makes me think that the big patterned cardigan could look great over a dress worn with booties. I also like the graphic maxi cardigans that look a little less boho, like the colour blocked style from Leith.
I prefer pullovers, so this trend is not for me. But I do like the look on my clients and on the models below. It’s well suited to a very casual lifestyle, has a fresh and fun ‘70s appeal, and is one way to add drama to a stay- or work-at-home look. It’s also practical because it camouflages the unexpected stain, is an easy pull-on-and-go topper, and is more comfortable than a tailored coat.
What’s your verdict on this trend? Will you be wearing big pattered cardigans?