Honestly, we should have seen it coming. First, it was return of “mom jeans.” Then, all of a sudden, everyone was wearing “dad sneakers.” Now, it seems cardigans are the new statement piece. And while your grandmother probably has a closet full of cardigans to offer you, today’s style is a little — no, a lot — less demure. That’s right, cardigans are being styled as sexy tops.
Fashion magazines first predicted the trend last spring, after Bella Hadid was spotted wearing a cardigan with a single button and nothing underneath. In the following months, the sexy cardigan became the model’s signature “off-duty” style, and other stars starting following suit with different styling choices. Kendall Jenner hit the streets in a tiny cropped cardigan, Camila Cabello layered cardigans over lingerie, and Chrissy Teigen turned an oversized sweater into a mini dress.
But it wasn’t until Katie Holmes stepped out in what has been dubbed the “bradigan,” a cashmere bra and barely-buttoned cardigan set, that the trend truly took off. It was the reassurance we all needed, the right celebrity to forever change how we look at the wardrobe staple. And while the humble set worn by Holmes would cost you a pretty $2,060, there are plenty sexy cardigans on the market that won’t break the bank.