September 21, 2010

For the Love of the Cardigan

Have I ever told you how much I adore a classic cardigan? Outside of the perfect white shirt, and quintessential little black dress, a wonderful cardigan may just be the most versatile and timeless item in a woman’s wardrobe. Imagine it thrown over a tee and worn with a fabulous pair of jeans and boots, or paired with a gorgeous pencil skirt and pumps. What about topping that wonderful sleeveless dress on a chilly afternoon, or just tied around your shoulders for an extra pop of color?

Now that we're heading into fall, my cardigan obsession is in full swing. I have been snapping up the discounted colors of J.Crew’s Jackie Cardigan like my life depends on it. ( I realize that a three-quarter sleeve cotton cardigan may not constitute winter attire for many of you, but it’s quite a nice option here in San Antonio. And as a mom of three small children, washable wardrobe solutions are key.)

Here’s is a small sampling of the cardigans I've recently added to my collection. The top four are the Jackie by J.Crew in Bright Seaside, Fresh Melon, Soft Seashell and Hyacinth. The bottom is the Heritage Cardigan from Lands' End Canvas in Cherry.

More lovely choices:

Anthropologie Love Letter Sweater by Laureate Lane

Kate Spade Beeline Billie Cardigan

Anthropologie Pick a Bunch Cardi by Tabitha

Trina Turk Sylvia Cardigan

For more sublime cardigan inspiration, be sure to check out the wardrobe of Glee’s Emma Pillsbury.

The new season of Glee starts tonight on FOX at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central). Additional details about her wardrobe can be found at the popular fan site, What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear, which celebrates Emma’s every cardigan-clad move.


  1. I wear my 3/4 sleeve J.Crew cardigans with everything once it gets past September!

  2. You can never go wrong with a J.Crew cardigan! :)

  3. Seriously I also have an obsession with the Jackie cardigan. My closet is stocked. They are durable, last forever (had two sets for 7 years) and are classic. Thank you for a good idea of a post! :)

  4. I could not agree more! I especially love the Kate Spade one pictured.

  5. You can never go wrong with a Paley. Love your choices here. And I own some J.Crew Jackie's too. Hopefully soon the weather will be cool enough to wear them.

  6. I have a bit of a cardigan "problem" - meaning, I cannot stop buying them. I don't need more, but I can't stop myself. I also love 3/4 sleeves. I read in the September issue that they are also called bracelet sleeves.

  7. I love cardigans and only about a year ago starting going overboard for printed cardigans.



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