Advice. Ask The Bean: Stretching Out the Sweater Trend

September 23, 2008 • Fashion


Dear Bean:

Do you remember the rage over the long black cardigans several
years back? I fell in love with the look and bought two, but then I
noticed the garment disappeared from the fashion scenes almost
entirely. I know that we hear of trends coming back in vogue, and I
don’t want to let go of them. Do you see the long cardigan coming back,
or should I add them to the Goodwill box?

Sweater Gal

Dear Sweater Gal,

Oh how could one forget the moment that took fashion by storm! It was every woman’s dream — one piece that could turn a white t-shirt and jeans into a statement of class and sophistication (not to mention it provided that ever-lovely illusion of “slim”). Then once Julia Roberts donned this exact outfit in the film America’s Sweethearts,
every closet seemed to be automatically filled with at least two of
these magical cardigans. However with such high and fast popularity,
the probability of the trend becoming the equivalent of a radio hit
that has reached the status of “overplayed” becomes very likely. And
unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.

With that being said, I think the break was well worth the vacation.
Because after a couple of hibernation seasons, the long cardigan is
back! So don’t add to that Goodwill box yet, and start scouring the shops for some enhancements to the look.
You will start to see more of those long knits back on the streets as
they did their fair share of strutting on the runway this past February during New York Fall Fashion Week.
But instead of the ageless black, they’ve pumped it up a notch to
feature embellishments, patterns, cloth and styles to make these long
sweaters not trends, but staples.

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