Rachel’s Work Wardrobe Essentials: The Cardigan

July 08, 2011 1:14 AM

We asked Toronto stylist Rachel Matthews Burton to share some of her work wardrobe essentials with us and her first pick was the cardigan, which we at Empirella rely heavily on during the summer to convert sun dresses into workwear. Here are her styling tips…

The Cardigan. It used to belong to your granny; dowdy, sloppy and very uncool. Not anymore. This newly respected fashion staple is an office must-have. Try it in any colour, with a fitted pencil skirt, (or dress pant) and a crisp shirt. Button-up the cardi leaving only the top buttons undone and finish off with a skinny belt worn overtop. More comfortable than a blazer, but just as polished. Here are some of my favourite cardis and ways to wear them:


1. Wearing your cardi done up and worn with tailored pieces will command respect at work. This designer version can be made more conservative with a simple pant and classic dress shirt.

2. Try a classic print, like Argyle, paired with a dress. Bet your Granny never wore it like this.

3. Colour blocking is a huge trend right now, but if you’re not ready for technicolour, black and white makes a powerful graphic statement. Add a colorful purse or shoe, for a pop of colour. Red cardi from Saks and black from Banana Republic.

4. If you need a casual Friday look, this is a good one from J Crew. Cool colour combinations make this modern and trendy.

5. Wearing your cardigan long or oversized is a look I think should stay home. Unless you pair it with leggings or skinny jeans and wear it with a chunky belt that defines your waist for the ultimate in comfort and style for the office. Guess Cocoon Cardigan from Bloomingdale’s.

You can see more of Rachel’s styling tips and find out about her services at RacktoRack.com.



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