Would You Wear a Cardigan Handbag?
It won’t keep you warm, but you can fit all the sweaters in it you’d like.
One of the great things about personal style is that it can reimagine a garment completely. By the rules of fashion, a sweater is a sweater is a sweater, right? But by the rules of style, a sweater (or cardigan, to be more precise) takes on several identities. It can be the tertiary party in a three-piece suit, a second layer of buttocks-cover over pants and even the shoulder cloak that functions as the entry ticket into a number of domestic country clubs.
One of the great things about fashion is that it’s not quite informed by trends anymore — we’re knee deep in the era of personal style and maybe as such, brand cues are being informed by that shift. Case in point: the most recent new way to wear a cardigan: as a Chanel handbag. Officially, it goes by the name “Girl,” ostensibly to contest the notorious Boy bag, and successfully hits certain important marks in its make.
It’s big, for one thing. Big enough to carry what any metropolitan woman would classify as “her life.” This is a feat no “boy” could assume. It’s also malleable which means that if she needs to carry “her life” plus, for example, a change of clothes in addition to her commuter shoes — she can do that. It also has two bands that are tied together to make the shoulder strap as long or short as you’d like depending on whether you’d prefer to wear it messenger style, with the cardigan body positioned over your hip, or hanging off a single shoulder, sack-like as though you’ve just emerged from a very evolved desert walk.
I’ve spent the last two years effectively renouncing handbags all together but I think I’m ready to get behind this one. It’s weird and kind of confusing and because of its inherent but contradictory (it is a tweed Chanel sweater, after all) boho-nature, I like how it mirrors my style, which tends to be a bit more structured and, I don’t know, “metropolitan.” So…give me a blazer and pair of ripped jeans and I will do my deed to fill my sack.