How do YOU button your cardigans? I was surprised that I had such a strong opinion when I saw reader S’s email:
I love regular crewneck cardigans and have them in several colors and brands, but I’m always debating whether I should be buttoning up just the 2nd and third buttons, only the top one, or everything but the top two buttons. Is there a look that looks more professional? Is there a style that’s most flattering to certain body types?
Interesting. We’ve talked about the six cardigans everyone should own, but we haven’t actually talked about how to button them. Maybe I’m alone here, but I HATE the top-button-only look for the office. It reminds me of secretaries and housewives from the 1950s (kind of like the picture above, from Peggy Sue Got Married), even when Michelle Obama does it. Imogen over at Inside Out Style notes that the top-buttoned look flatters smaller busts, which I suppose I can see — but then I would just suggest that almost all of the buttons should be buttoned then, not just the top few. (I always leave the bottom button unbuttoned, so I say “almost all”). For my $.02, when I’ve buttoned my cardigans (which is probably only about 40% of the time) I’ve always buttoned my cardigans like this: [Read more…]