Jackets and cardigans are often competing topper candidates for a dress, jumpsuit, or top and bottom combination. You might prefer jackets to cardigans, or wear both. Here are the advantages of each. 


  • Look sharp and professional
  • Denote authority and an element of strictness
  • Dresses up an outfit
  • Provides outfit interest
  • Broadens a narrow shoulder line
  • Provides outfit structure
  • Easy to fit on a straighter body
  • Camouflages muffin top



  • Comfortable and soft
  • Casual
  • Easier to fit than a jacket, because the knit moulds to the shape of the body
  • Easy for travel
  • Softens a broad shoulder line
  • Works well over a larger bust
  • Works well indoors
  • Suited to working and staying at home
  • Camouflages muffin top


Whether you prefer jackets to cardigans can depend on your lifestyle, body type, or simply your sartorial preferences. All my clients wear cardigans because of the pros mentioned here. Some prefer jackets, but there is room for cardigans in their lifestyle, especially over the weekend and when they travel.

I own exactly one cardigan that is part of a very loud twinset. I never wear the cardigan without its twin underlayer. I feel that cardigans make me look too narrow-shouldered, especially when they’re long. They also lack the structure, dressiness and sharpness that I look for in a topper. My loud twinset though, is cropped, high-necked and cheeky, which adds bulk up top. The fine gauge cashmere knit feels luxurious and dressy.

Over to you. Do you prefer jackets, cardigans, or do you love both equally?