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Fashion with Melissa: Cardigans aren’t just for Mr. Rogers

If you’re a ’90s child, there’s a good chance you watched (or at least have heard of) Mr. Rogers Neighborhood when you were a munchkin.

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Pretty styling for an older gentleman, no?

Basically, Mr. Rogers rocked the cardigan all day every day. And as a child who watched him quite frequently, I personally believe that I can attribute my addiction to cardigans as beginning with this man.

So, in honor of it being 46 years since the first episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, I’d like to use this post to talk about cardigans- how to wear them and how to redesign them. As they were back then, cardigans are definitely very much still in style- however, they’ve definitely evolved over the years. I’d go as far as to say that they’re a main staple for any fashionista’s wardrobe. And given that the main celebrant of our cardi party is himself a man, Mr. Rogers clearly proved that this comfy piece is most definitely a unisex article of apparel.

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Nanette Lepore - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

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If you’re dipping your toe into the cardigan world, something like this cardigan from Nanette Leopore is the way to go. While it plays safe with solid colors, the fuzzy texture and slim fit make it both a comfortable fit and a stand out from the crowd. Throw it over a printed dress like this or just a t-shirt and jeans and you’re good to go

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This cardigan hails from Forever 21 and is perfect for transitioning your outfits to the spring.  It adds a subtle touch of femininity and can be worn with almost everything to add that little extra “oomph”.

Billy Reid Men's - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

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This men’s cardigan from Billy Reid is the perfect piece for any guy who is trying out a cardigan for the first time or who wants a versatile piece. It’s more dressy than most cardigans, but can still work with jeans.


The collar of this cardigan is what helps it to stand out from the crowd. Again, this cardigan can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the pants and the undershirt.

Cardi Reconstruction 

Now, if you’re an avid lover of cardigans like myself, sometimes you can wear them to death. Instead of spending more money on a new look, put on your crafty hat and give these DIY modifications a try and spruce up what you already have!

This DIY is personally my favorite and one I want to try soon. I’ve seen hearts done before, but to me this one looks the cleanest and most streamlined. It goes perfectly with the fold on the cardigan sleeve and is just a simple touch that adds so much character to the look.  Try it here!

This look is definitely more common amongst elbow patches and it s a good place to start for your first try. You can choose from a variety of material for the patches as well as colors. My personal favorite is brown leather on pretty much every color.  Try it here!

There you have it! Multiple ways to style and recreate one of the most versatile, comfortable, and stylish pieces out there! Give these looks a try and tweet me your results!

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