There was a really interesting interview with Katie Grand in The Sunday Times Style magazine, over the weekend. I won’t recite the highlights, as I’m sure most of you have already read the feature anyway, and if not you should be able to find the quotes elsewhere. What I would like to talk about, however, is the belted cardigan: a trend which Katie Grand kicked-off (as Style’s Claudia Croft points out in the profile) and sadly hasn’t been seen for a while.
My belted cardigan memory is a little bit rusty, and I can’t remember the exact season the look became popular. Sadly the internet isn’t much help here, as the quality runway archives only date back to about 2005/6, but I do remember owning a slightly-questionable pale pink cardigan in my early teens which I used to belt at the waist. I think it had something to do with the first ever Marc by Marc Jacobs collection in Spring/Summer 2001, which featured those iconic elastic waist belts with the fruit-shaped clasps. They weren’t actually worn over cardigans on the runway, but everyone had one of those belts – whether it was an actual Marc by Marc design or a high street copy. Was that the birth of belted cardie obsession? Leave a comment if you can remember – let’s piece this puzzle together…
Belt a Cardie: Ribbed cardigan by Bottega Veneta | Butterfly belt by Bottega Veneta | Drape cardigan by Etro | Seat belt buckle belt by Topshop | Crew neck cardigan by Uniqlo | Wine red belt by French Connection
Today the only (famous) women who regularly wear a belted cardigan are Olivia Palermo and Michelle Obama. Granted, that’s definitely not a bad selection, but considering the look is so versatile, flattering and feminine you’d think the style would still be a mega-trend.
With the British weather in such a dismal state at the moment I think the belted cardie could actually end up being the summer style saviour. I’m going to start belting my cardigans again… How about you?