Last time I wrote concerning the cardigan, I focused on its journey from cosy to chill, however over lockdown it has grow to be virtually an announcement piece. In some ways, it’s the good clothes merchandise for now. Simply take into consideration the benefit of slipping it over a T-shirt that has been worn for too many days, or the way in which it lifts your look, even when that look includes sweat pants and flip-flops.
The psychology of the cardie appears fairly easy: I really feel as if I’m being cradled, held by non-judgmental arms of help, swaddled like a child. This appears to be plenty of what consolation dressing is about: while you get up and it’s one other day of restricted mundanity, your garments grow to be some form of armour. (Within the early days of lockdown, I’d solely go away the home sporting a masks and a Yoko Ono model pair of sun shades making me really feel protected against all unknowables, however fairly unapproachable, too.)
Greater than six months later, it’s onerous to think about life and not using a cardigan, even on the uncommon events that decision for dressing up. The trick right here is to present one thing seemingly humble a large improve. So with apologies to Taylor Swift’s sadigan, I’ve thought up the jazzigan. That is the form of daring, major colour-led piece that zhuzhes up an outfit in a manner we wouldn’t usually anticipate from a cardie.
Years in the past, after I labored within the music trade on the fag-end of electroclash, I had an electrical blue cardigan. It was extra Jarvis than Justice (you understand: the French dance band), however on the time I couldn’t work out the right way to model it, other than with different eye-popping clothes.
At present, I’m sporting one from streetwear model Aries Come up (you may keep in mind their tie-dye sweatpants from a few months in the past), and I find it irresistible. A Wotsits shade of orange with a column sample in kale inexperienced and a cool lower, it feels each accessible and edgy. It may work equally properly with a pair of slim-fitting denims or leaf-green chinos.
Sure, my outfit is comparatively on the market by the conservative requirements of most menswear. However the cardigan’s pure consolation roots make it onerous to withstand.
• Priya wears cardigan and T-shirt, each Priya’s personal