Fashion Trend: Open Front Cardigans



What: Drapey, open front cardigans as an alternative to the jacket or traditional cardigan

What We Say: Because it’s feminine and interesting, we like it—however, we have some reservations. 1. Too much draping could add a whole lot of bulk where you don’t want it. 2. All that extra fabric in front could get in the way if you are, say, doing anything other than posing for a catalogue photo shoot. We wouldn’t recommend cooking in it . . . 3. It will probably look dated in about two months. Okay, having said all that—we still like it, we’re just not going to invest a lot of cash into the trend. And we don’t want you to either, so we’ve tracked down a few very budget options, so you can have fun with the look, layering it over the standby basics you’ve already got in your closet, with no regrets.

Linette Open Front Cardigan, $19.80, Forever21

Women’s Drape Front Cardigan, $19.50, Old Navy.

Isaac Mizrahi for Target Drape Front Merino Cardigan, $39.99, Target”>Isaac Mizrahi for Target Drape Front Merino Cardigan,  $39.99, Target.


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  1. fourscorpio90 says

    Ironically enough, I just purchased this exact cardigan in brown, from Foever21.  It caught my eye.  It fits great, and it’s so comfortable.  I love it.

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