The Antidote to ‘Blue Monday’?

Today is “Blue Monday”. The most depressing day of the year, apparently. (These marketing types really know how to make us feel all warm and fuzzy.) What better panacea than to wrap yourself in something cosy?The humble cardigan might just be the answer.

I should add that I have a vested interest in said item. Since  I started working from home, my default uniform has undergone something of a shift. I don’t need to be dressed up or terribly smart (unless I’m out and about for meetings), but I don’t want to be scruffy. Dressing for work makes me feel like working. I’m far more professional when dressed for the part than I would be in my pyjamas. It also helps me mentally differentiate between work days and child-duty days. But what I wear should also allow the sudden switch to mama mode – a quick play with my little boy and his train set; a homework session with my daughter. Added to which I am also a cold mortal. Ergo, the cardigan.

The really quite madly gorgeous Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now has comprehensively proved that cardigans can be sexy. No pipes and carpet slippers here…

I like the idea of having a cardigan slung over the back of my chair, to be shrugged on should a chill overtake me.

I’ve rounded up a few likely-looking candidates. I think for the purposes of this exercise, one’s cardigan really ought to be of a neutral hue. Uniqlo is worth checking out and it’s always worth heading over to M&S menswear department (I like the look of their lambswool offering) or try one of these…









Chunky oversized cardigan, £169, The White Company; Chunky knit cardigan, £19.99, Mango; Oversized cardigan, £29.99, H&M









Soft shawl cardigan, now £34.99, Gap; wool blend cardigan, £79, Stories; Cable knit cardigan, now £23.60, La Redoute

Images via Pinterest, Fashion Me Now

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