March 06, 2007

Empire Waist Cardigans

Ever since trying on that blue/white striped empire waist cardigan with the flared sleeves at Reiss the other weekend, I've been thinking about this style of cardigans. On the one hand they look sooo great on the hanger, with the trimmed waist and flared skirts, like a pretty dress. But on the other, do they really look that flattering on person? Its a very thin line between looking casually cool and pregnant afterall.
I first looked at the selection at Vince, because I think that they have got the simple casual cool look down very well. And I REALLY like this soft gray cardigan here on the left. The balloon sleeves adds an extra feminine touch to the simple design. As for the black one on the right, I'm not too hot on it. I think the row buttons and the round neckline takes the cinch away from the empire waist.
Moving on, we have these cardigans from the queen of casual cool, Stella McCartney (left) and Edun (right). I think they have the idea right here: vnecked, one button for the empire waist with a flare.The trick to wearing these without looking pregnant is to pair it with a pretty simple low cut cami with slimming bottoms, like a pair of dark skinny jeans with pointy heels. To add an extra oomph, match it with one of those funky signature necklaces so popular this season. This will be especially complimenting with the vneck!Another similar style from Express (left). And I know that this white jacket from J Crew (right) is not exactly a cardigan, but the idea of the empire waist here is the same, although all the fluttering here IS a bit too cutesy.

But yes, definitely something to consider for your SS07 wardrobe!

Photo credits:
www.nordstrom.com
www.shopbop.com
www.net-a-porter.com

11 Comments:

Anonymous melissa said...

i like the gray one and the last black one. I love the trend of lose fitted clothing, i guess i like being able to look stylish and staying far from the hoochie look; which i must admit i was a victim of the hooch look back in high school but not completely slutty.

3/07/2007 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I have been seeing these cardigans everywhere and the shape is so flattering. Iwould defintiely want to get one of these for those lovely spring days when a jacket doesn't seem good.

3/07/2007 8:18 AM  
Anonymous brenny said...

i really like these
i'm gonna have to try them on to make sure they work cuz i've seen it wrong oon a lot of people
we will see!

3/07/2007 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the express top... i got the same one and wear it all the time.

3/07/2007 10:42 AM  
Anonymous modelingnews said...

They do seem to be making some sort of a comeback these days. I like the gray one by the way.

3/07/2007 3:44 PM  
Blogger victoriaying said...

so many cute options! I never really considered empire cardigans before thinking they wouldn't look good on me but these are fantastic options!

3/07/2007 6:03 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I tried one on and I looked like a Jedi...

4/06/2007 3:05 AM  
Blogger Maura said...

I was just looking through this blog thinking "gee, I wonder if they have a post on empire waist cardigans?" So, way to deliver, my friends. Except I bought two that are round-necked with row buttons, so now I'm all confused.

4/09/2007 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Banana Republic also has the one button, V-neck empire waist cardigan. It has a huge, wooden button that lends a casual air to a classy cardi that can be worn to work.

9/09/2007 1:20 AM  
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i like the greyish one and the last dark one. I really like the pattern of reduce fixed outfits, i think i like being able to look fashionable and remaining far from the hoochie look; which i must confess i was a sufferer of the hooch look returning in secondary university but not absolutely slutty..
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