July 14, 2008

Cardigans I: The Classics

A few years ago, if you showed me a classic cardigan like these two below from J Crew, I would probably grimace and claim that it was too old for me.
Now that I've reached legality worldwide though, I can't seem to get enough of it. I've already bought this J Crew cardigan in both colors shown above. I've even raided my mom's wardrobe for cardigans and found some gems like classic Vivienne Westwood and Ralph Lauren twin sets in a navy, gray and pink. They are the best staple a girl can have. It can be by itself with black pants, for a casual office look, Or with jeans for a casual but put together look. It can be worn over something pretty but sheer or summer dresses, to keep the chill away.
And it can paired with printed tees (like the ones above from UO- I LOVE these two printed shirts, one of the few things from UO over the years that I absolutely adore) or bold colored tanks for a fun combo. I personally love these two last ideas, it is put together, sophisticated but still casual and fun. And here's a quick tip: pair the blue printed tee (above) with the white cardigan and the red printed tee with the cobalt blue cardigan.The printed tees by itself may possibly be misconstrued as waitress-like (seriously, I tried mine on and that's what my cousin told me I reminded her of). But in combination with the contrasting colored cardigans that doesn't take away from the design, it is the perfect mix and match combo.

I'm so glad I rediscovered these gems that I'd previously discarded!

Image Source: J Crew and UO


Blogger Thu said...

it's great that they come in a lot of different styles, too, like short sleeve or v-neck or three-quarter sleeve. i have one with short, puffy sleeves that makes it look more girly.

7/15/2008 1:13 PM  
Anonymous lovefashion2 said...

Cartigans are so great for the fall...expecially with a cute dress. I just found this great one at this website I just discovered called ShopGoldyn..I defintely recommend checking it out!!

7/15/2008 9:54 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I was always skeptical of the cardigan trend, fearing that it would look to mom-ish but when paired with fun printed blouses, these cardigans totally take on a retro, sort of throw back preppy cool vibe. I can't wait to sport this look this fall, paired with either classic pearls, my all time favorite online buy at Premium Pearl, and spice it up with then some bolder accesories.

7/15/2008 10:19 PM  
Anonymous cortney_joy said...

I've been wearing cardigans for a long time and never thought they were mom-ish! I love basics for over dresses and cute tops, and there are cute puff sleeve ones or short sleeve cropped or trimmed with ruffles or such that I think are adorable.

Maybe my fondness for cardigans comes from the fact that I am naturally chilly!

7/15/2008 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that cardigans are a staple! They're so versatile. I'm currently on the look out for cardigans to purchase but I've been having trouble, so imagine my surprise when I come here and see an entry on cardigans! Unfortunately it didn't help me very much on informing what kind of quality cardigans I can get and where (except J. Crew, and that's too much of a splurge for me). Are there any quality but affordable cardigans out there?

7/16/2008 2:10 AM  
Blogger penelope said...

uniqlo has some great cardigans, anonymous, but j crews are definatley the best.

7/16/2008 2:58 AM  
Anonymous liaochiling said...

Great collection! Now my goal is to look for some cardigans.

7/16/2008 6:41 PM  
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7/19/2008 4:06 PM  
Anonymous budget babe said...

one of my favorite looks is a long cardigan over a mini dress, so the hem of the dress matches up with the cardi precisely. chic w/o being hoochie :)

7/19/2008 10:50 PM  
Blogger Knikki said...

Always been a fan of cardigans. They are sort of a one size fits all... And by that I mean you don't have to be super skinny to wear it well.

7/21/2008 8:11 AM  
Blogger nickilee said...


My favorite one for fall I've found so far:


It's a RVCA sweater. Extra long, and menswear-inspired without looking like you stole it from your boyfriend. You can buy it from the above adress or look at swell.com.


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