I always find cardigans so useful. Hot, cold, on, off, it’s that simple.
Cardigans have buttons, jackets don’t. That used to be the way, but now, cardigans are acceptable without buttons and just hanging open. By contrast, a cardigan is not a jumper (sweater), because it does not pull over the head. Coco Chanel made cardigans popular, because she hated the way her hair got all messed up from pulling a jumper over her head.
The cardigan got its name from James Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, as he was a British Army Major General and led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. It was modelled after the knitted wool waistcoat that the British officers supposedly wore during the war. The legend of the event, and the notoriety that Lord Cardigan achieved after the war, led to its popularity. Apparently he invented the cardigan as we know it, because the tails of his coat had accidentally been burnt off in a fireplace.
Cardigans are such a handy garment to have in your wardrobe. You can wear them with ANYTHING. Jeans, pants, skirts, dresses, tops, skivvies, shorts and shirts. You can wear them open, or take on the look of a jumper (sweater) and button them up.
I own quite a few cardigans and have always and will continue to always wear them. Every Winter cardigans resurface and seem to never date (that explains why I have so many).
This Winter, treat yourself to one at Miss Minnie’s, there’s plenty to choose from.