March 23, 2024

Cardigan—a collarless knitted sweater with an open front, typically fastened with buttons. It is named after the Seventh Earl of Cardigan, James Brudenell, a British Army officer who popularized the style in the mid-19th century. The cardigan gained prominence during the Crimean War (1853-1856) when the Earl was photographed wearing a similar type of a knitted wool waistcoat with an open front. This practical garment soon became a fashionable choice, not only for its versatility but also for its association with the military officer’s style. Over the years, the cardigan has evolved in design and material, becoming a timeless and widely embraced wardrobe staple.