Love it or hate it, the preppy hipster look is a
major trend and cardigans play an important role in completing this look.

Thanks to the rise of modern British aesthetics,
and the revival of the preppy look first popularised in the early 1900s, cardigans
are receiving new-found appreciation among the younger demographic, and
particularly among the boys. Yes, for the first time ever, I will be sharing
some looks that the boys can relate to. After all, fashion is not only for the
fairer sex, and I am secretly hoping that my hubby will be able to pick up a
tip or two from this post too (oops, looks like that it’s no longer a secret)!
For the ladies, cardigans used to be regarded as
boring granny clothes. But with the explosion of prints and cuts these days,
cardigans are anything but boring. Just take a cue from the K-pop artists who
are unafraid to experiment with the wildest prints and designs. Sure, there are
hits and misses, but they have definitely made the humble old cardigan come
alive again.
You could break all the rules and wear cardigans the K-pop way, but first let’s review
the good, the bad, and the ugly.
1. Donghae

Super Junior’s baby-faced looker Donghae looks
impossibly adorable in this collegiate outfit, complete with a bow-tie and geek
2. Nichkhun
Speaking of baby-face, here’s another one who does
not seem to age. 2PM’s Nichkhun does college cool for South Korean fashion
label Basic House with boat shoes, stripes and a bright cardigan.
3. Kyuhyun
Taking a leaf from his hyung‘s book,
Super Junior’s Kyuhyun does the bow-tie and cardigan look too, this time with a
mustard-coloured cardigan that brightens up the talk show he is co-hosting.
4. Park Bom
2NE1’s four-dimensional (code word for kooky)
powerhouse singer, Park Bom, looks right at home in her ice-cream printed
cotton cardigan. I am sure that you would agree that this cardigan is as
whimsical as her personality.
5. Shinee
Shinee looks ready for the eggnog and log cakes in
this colour-coordinated getup that involves scarves, beanies and, yes,
6. Shinee
Boy, they sure are fond of cardigans in a multitude
of colours and prints.
7. Minho
Here’s another instance of Shinee – this time just
the “visual” of the group, Minho – showing some love for the
cardigan. Unfortunately, he looks like a rejected Christmas tree or a child’s
failed art project.
8. G-Dragon
Dubbed South Korea’s most stylish dresser, Big
Bang’s leader G-Dragon manages to pull off a punk look even with a muted grey
cashmere cardigan from Thom Browne.
9. Jessica
Girls Generation’s Jessica does mixed prints right
with a slouchy knit cardigan and printed dress. Those brown ankle booties complete
the laidback vibe of the outfit.

10. Tiffany
Like her fellow member, Girls Generations’ Tiffany
rocks a printed cardi. The bright scarlet print on her oversized cardigan makes
for a majestic airport entrance. Plus, it totally goes with her hair.
Well, I did warn you there were hits and misses
(I’m still scarred by Minho’s awful cardigan), but at least they’re not afraid
to give it a try! 
Now, which look is your favourite?