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Fashion Tops: For Love of Cardis

  • May. 11th, 2010 at 12:09 PM
When I was a wee little thing, long ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I hated cardis. My mother would buy these adorable little cardigan sweater sets, lovingly dress me each morning, and by 9am, I would be mostly naked and playing "dunk the sweater!" in the mud. Obviously, I was meant to become a fashion maven.

These days, I collect cardis as if they were shoes. And I love shoes. Plain ones, floral ones, sparkly ones; long sleeve, quarter sleeve, short sleeve. I troll big box store sales for cheap cardies. If I find something I vaguely like, I pounce.

Cardis have come back into style over the last two years in a big way, and honestly, they are here to stay. A good cardigan is an investment piece. A colorful wrap sweater over a simple dress can entirely change up a look. A patterned cardi over a plain sheath dress will change the entire outfit. Brutal honesty: my go-to work outfit if I haven't planned it the night before is a cardigan over a different colored cami. No, I do not wear matching cardis and camis. It's a thing I've got.

Cardigans are also great "hide the office no-no" tops. If you're like me and trying to stretch that work wardrobe as much as possible while you're buying more high end and loved pieces, a cardigan over a string or sleeveless dress gives me dozens upon dozens more outfit choices.

I try to never be afraid with my cardigan buying habits. I recently picked up this in apple green and adore the thing. Never thought I'd like little dangly bits on my sweaters! The adventures one has during sales! I'm now thinking prints and wraps are my next adventure. Bangles might be too much for me, but we shall see!

Let's do some recommendations! I've got a new thing I want to add to the bottom of entries: the piece recs and the shop recs. Piece recs will be pieces that I own or have gotten my hands on at some time, and these pieces have passed my approval. Shop recs are places that I shop for a particular item and recommend them to others. Sound good? Let's try this out!

Piece Recs:
Scalloped crop sweater
Ribbed knit cardi
Mollie Pointe cardi
Green Essential Cardi
Pointe Cardi
Crochet Shrug
Stretch silk cardigan
Tommy Hilfiger V-Neck

Shop Recs:
Forever 21
Old Navy
Anne Taylor Loft


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[personal profile] sotto_voce wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
This is my fic journal technically, la la la, ignore it.

Any suggestion of places to find funky cardigans? And by funky I mean patterned. My favorite one is in this simple style, but is white with green polka dots; it's wearing out and I want to replace it, but have been totally unable to find a regular old cardi with a fun pattern.

Also, I am currently obsessed with those long-sleeved open cardigans, the -- I guess they are called flyaway? ones. I don't need any more of those, though. Probably.
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[personal profile] thewickedlady wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Patterns are hit and miss. I find they sell out very quickly if I don't snatch them up!

Most of the nice patterned and funky shapes ones I've found at more high end stores: Macy's, Anne Taylor, and Anthropologie. I have found some cute ones at Express and Forever 21, but again they sell out quickly. I've found a few I like at New York & Co., but I don't like their tailoring and material use very much: too expensive to be that cheap.
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[personal profile] bansidhe wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
So, what do you think of hand-knit cardis? :)

(I am currently lusting over this pattern and will likely be unraveling my knitted-years-ago sweater next week to reclaim the yarn for it.)
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[personal profile] thewickedlady wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I am for anything well made! :D!

That particular pattern is not my cup of tea, but only because I think it will make my chest look three sizes bigger than it already is. I think it is really cute, though! :D More hand made stuff!

I miss having all the extra material and good sewing machines laying around that I could just go zip zip, here is my summer skirt!
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[personal profile] saramily wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hi, are we the same person? Because this entry makes me feel like it is a possibility as I sit here in my cardigan covering up a t-shirt I wouldn't normally wear to work!

I also just tried to start counting cardis I own, and I can think of 7 or 8 off the top of my head. It's a disease. A soft, flattering disease.
thewickedlady: <lj user="blindxdoll">  (anything you can do I can do better!)
[personal profile] thewickedlady wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Ahaha! We're a trick of the internet and are TOTALLY THE SAME.

I don't wear the boyfriend blazers or things like that: they aren't my thing. Instead, cardis! It's like a jacket but fuzzy. Also cute.

Dude, I know the feeling. I just really thought about it, and I think have close to 10, and there might be even more than that because I love sales. When did I start collecting these things?! And I think I need more. Patterns!
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[personal profile] saramily wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, despite the constant theme of 'jackets as salvation' on What Not To Wear and the like, I've never really been into blazers. I have breasts, a narrow ribcage, and big hips. Blazers were built for men. On me, they look like I am about to break into 'Just A Couple of Swells."

Cardis are my salvation, and again: I need more too, and I am looking at patterned ones since I think I have the basic solids fairly well covered! I'll link if I find any cute ones. :D
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[personal profile] thewickedlady wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
I love it when you link me, baby.
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[personal profile] agonistes wrote:
May. 11th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
AHHHHHH. It literally just clicked for me about two weeks ago that I have worn cardigans before and felt really good in them. So I picked up FOUR on clearance from Old Navy. And I put one on yesterday (because that's when they came) and I was like OH MY GOD, I HAVE COME HOME. I have not felt this good about how I look in MONTHS. And I wore a green one today over a black tank top and somebody at work was like YOU LOOK AMAZING, GOOD JOB.

thewickedlady: <lj comm="basic_bases"> (These shoes RULE!)
[personal profile] thewickedlady wrote:
May. 12th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Go, cardis, go! They really are great things to use to highlight what you want to highlight and down play what you want ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

If I wasn't married to my shoes, I think I'd be in love.
ladysingsthe: (hail the conquering hero)
[personal profile] ladysingsthe wrote:
May. 12th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Aaaaaah, good POINT about hiding NSFW dresses. I approve!
thewickedlady: <lj comm="basic_bases"> (when I wake up in my make up)
[personal profile] thewickedlady wrote:
May. 12th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
This is the greatest trick ever, especially since I pretty much only by NSFW dresses. Do my boobs pop out at any given moment? FAVORITE DRESS.

I starting buying up every little gauzy, cropped button up sweater or cardi I saw so I can make it look like by handful of sun dresses look like twenty zillion different sun dresses. Creative accessory shuffling, here I come!


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