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Style Watch

How to wear a cardigan

They’re an essential accessory on breezy New England nights, and these three Bostonians know how to don them well.

Tina Sutton

Lee McIntyre, Bianca Sigh, and Carla Tardif.

LEE MCINTYRE

49 / Foxborough

> Suburban mom McIntyre is a master of classics with a twist, like this ladylike ivory cardigan (from Kate Spade). It’s the details that make it special, like the self-covered buttons and the knit bows on the sleeves. The silk/cotton blend is perfect for summer.

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> Not one for in-your-face prints, McIntyre fell for this turtle shell-patterned dress (from Kate Spade) because it’s dramatic in a less obvious way. Sleeveless with a bowed waist and full skirt, the style is flattering and timeless.

> Once again, it’s the details that give this clutch bag (from J.Crew) its modern appeal: a subtle metallic sheen and leather ruffles.

> Her grass-green pumps make the best kind of fashion statement: original and whimsical.

Favorite Stores Kate Spade, J.Crew, and Midsummer Nights in Chatham for something different

BIANCA SIGH

28 / Boston

> As a development officer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Sigh works plenty of special events in and out of air conditioning. That means layering. This cobalt blue cardigan (scored at Second Time Around) is both chic and eye-catching, with a form-fitting silhouette elegant enough for evening wear.

> Sigh’s jewelry reflects her love of art and design. She bought this glass-bead statement necklace at J.Crew and got the crystal ring she’s wearing (from BCBG) as a gift to herself on her 25th birthday.

> Even short sleeves can bunch up under skinny cardigans, so Sigh chose right with this shapely strapless dress (from J.Crew) in one of the season’s hottest print trends: oversize flowers. Best part? “It has pockets. I love pockets!”

> Sigh splurged on these go-with-everything strappy heels (from Stuart Weitzman) and says they were worth every penny. “I can get a good five hours standing in them without pain.”

Favorite Stores Anthropologie, Second Time Around, and BCBG, especially for jewelry

CARLA TARDIF

47 / Winchester

> Tardif happily does the charity events circuit as executive director of the Family Reach Foundation, supporting families fighting cancer. This hot pink ruffled sweater (from a New York boutique) is a favorite layering piece; it will “spice up anything,” she says.

> Tardif, who owes her fabulous figure to her athleticism, can carry off bold horizontal stripes, as in this strapless knit bustier (from Cache).

> Versatility is key in Tardif’s wardrobe. The cardigan and bustier will go easily into fall with a tight black skirt, but for summer nights, white pants (from Ann Taylor) look cool and crisp.

> At 5 feet 11, Tardif doesn’t need to wear heels. And with her long legs, these comfortable black sandals (from Lord & Taylor) are a great choice, balancing the dominant black stripe in her top.

Favorite Stores Nordstrom, DSW for shoes, and Athleta for activewear

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