My Favorite Fall Transition Piece


I love berets but cardigans are by far my favorite fall transition piece. I personally think the beauty of the cardigan is its versatility. I typically have my cardigans out in my closet all year around. I also use them in the summer because you never know when you will be entering a chilly room. Cardigans are easy to store, add instant warmth, and bring a cozy vintage feel to your wardrobe. Its a staple in my wardrobe because it is so versatile, comfy, and always makes me feel in tune with my vintage and retro aesthetics. 

The history of the cardigan began in the 1800's with James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. It was named after him and originally modeled after the knitted wool waistcoat that British officers supposedly wore during that war. The legend of the event and the fame that Lord Cardigan achieved after the war led to the rise of the garment's popularity – supposedly, Brudenell invented the cardigan after noticing that the tails of his coat had accidentally been burnt off in a fireplace.

But it was the iconic Coco Chanel who in the 1920's restyled the cardigan for women because she found men's cardigans to be too heavy and long. The story goes that she was inspired to restyle this garment because  she hated mussing up her hair as she pulled on a tight-necked men’s pullover. The cardigan only grew in popularity through the decades of the 20th with Lana Turner and her "sweater girl" style all the way to Mr. Rogers who proudly wore the cardigans his beloved mother knitted for him all throughout the airing of his show, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (1968-2001). 

I believe that cardigans have such a rich history in vintage fashion that they make the perfect fall transition piece. If you love cardigans as much as I do then you score them wherever you can find them. I own both vintage and modern ones but as long as it is a cardigan it always make me feel like I am wrapped warmly in the past.

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