Use a brooch to close cardigans without buttons
  1. Long tail cardigans are having a moment
  2. Close the waterfall cardigan with a brooch for a sleek look
  3. Other options to close an open cardigan, kaftan, or kimono
  4. Conclusions on brooches

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Long tail cardigans are having a moment

Cardigans with long tails are very trendy right now, but are not easy to style and wear. The same applies to the perennial trends of kimonos and kaftans. Closing these types of trendy jackets may be needed to adapt to the climate.

When you want to incorporate this trend in a business casual look or adopted it for a work in general, you will have to close the jacket to avoid looking unprofessional. Closed this trend can even be used in dressing for the engineering enterprise. This post shows how you can let the open cardigan or kimono be your statement piece nevertheless.

Close the waterfall cardigan with a brooch for a sleek look

To not look like a scarecrow  😉 all other parts of the outfit need to be sleek. To not cause a safety issue, the tails have to be secured in place to not be caught in the copier or other mechanical equipment at work. Another reason for closing the cardigan, kaftan or kimono is that you do not want to look heavier than you actually are. Unfortunately, society still associates weight with health.

The photos below show an example  how I closed my brown tail cardigan with a brooch. I just draped the cardigan tails around my body and twisted the outer tail a bit before pinning it to the inner one. It produced a nice classic wrap style.

brooch used to close a cardigan

#ver 50 years old fashion blogger in leather pants, knit jacket closed with a brooch
Outfit details: Snake print pants with winter white cashmere sweater, brown cashmere cardigan with brooch used as closure and white beige studded pointy toe flats

I added a winter white cashmere sweater under the cardigan and wore snake-print pants. The colors of the print tie the outfit together. At work, I wore studded flats, while for the commute to work I went with brown booties. I decided to stay with neutrals for the coat and thrifted hat (see next photo).

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Other options to close an open cardigan, kaftan or kimono

Other ways to create a slim look are to use a scarf as a belt. Instead of knotting it (which would create bulk) you may close the fake belt with a large brooch after doing half a knot (see the next photo to see what I mean with a half knot). You can find a guide on how to up you style with scarves in the post at the link.

fashion blogger in motorcycle coat, hat and leather pants
Photo of a “half knot”. The tails of the belt are just tied half. In case of a scarf, you now would pin the tails together just slightly below the half knot. Outfit details: Burberry motorcycle coat with thrifted leather hat from the 50s, YSL bag, snake print leather pants (all own)

A belt can also be a great closure option for an open cardigan or a kimono. You can find a guide how to best accessorize with belts in  the post at the link.

Conclusions on brooches

Of course, wearing a pin on your LBD, collar of your blazer or to hold your scarf in place are all stylish options. However, historically brooches were invented to close jackets, blouses, shirts and capes.  A special type was even created to close kilts together. Thus, using a brooch to hold a cardigan together brings it back to its original (often overlooked or forgotten) purpose.

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