Not Your Mother’s Cardigan – A Cardi Primer

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Cardigans are great to throw on when you’re cold in the office, or the house, or if you don’t want to pull a regular sweater over your head and get your hair messed up.  I usually stick to neutral colors like black or grey, but occasionally I do take some chances, like this mustard color below.  That’s a color that’s very in for fall again this year.



1. Gap – Crewneck Cardigan Sweater in Merino Wool | 2. Anne Klein – 2-Pc. Sweater Set, Created for Macy’s | 3. American Eagle – Hooded Cardigan Sweater | 4. Nordstrom – Halogen – Long Linen Blend Cardigan | 5. Tularose – Feather Cardigan | 6. Ann Taylor – Sleeveless Mock Neck Top |
7. Loft – Clean Cami | 8. Nordstrom – Topshop – Horn Button Crop Cardigan |
9. Megan Phillips Collection – Eternal Optimist T-Shirt | 10. Sold Out – The Femme Féroce Tee |
11. Cami NYC – The Olivia Velvet Gold | 12. H&M – Cable-knit Cardigan |
13. Nordstrom – 1901 – Varsity Stripe Long Cardigan | 14. Aerie – Boucle Cardigan |
15. Nordstrom – Halogen – Long Blouson Sleeve Cardigan

Not only do I have the sweaters in this, I have some shirt choices as well.  Normally underneath my cardi’s, I wear a tank, cami, or short sleeved shirt.  The idea of wearing a long sleeved shirt under a blazer seems a bit overkill to me, unless you’re one of those always freezing people.

Off we go – to the first sweater in the group, from the Gap.  This is a pretty color which would look nice with white or black.  I would put number 6 underneath it and pair it with heels for a professional work appropriate outfit.  The same goes for number 2, however, this is a two piece that comes with the shell underneath.  For those of you who are unaware, a shell is “a sleeveless, sometimes cap sleeve, slip-on collarless blouse,” according to Vanessa Valiente of VStyle.

I would pair the cranberry sweater (3) with the shell (6) or the cami (7) because both would look striking against the color.  I would wear black jeans with this outfit and black boots.  To toughen up the look, I’d throw on a pair of heavy combat or biker boots.

Number 4 can be worn with just about anything.  I own this one and I usually throw it over t-shirts, tanks, and even dresses.


Even though this tank has brown and no black in it, matching the sweater to my boots and pants help give it a matching look.  I like that it’s slightly longer than the other sweaters we’ve already seen.

The Tularose feather cardigan, number 5, is a fun cardi.  A party cardi, if you will.  This one would be fun over a flirty dress due to the length of the sweater.  It would be a good match with one of your floral dresses from the summer that you’re not sure you can wear in the winter.  With this sweater, you most definitely can!

Number 8 is another shorter sweater, this time in the mustard color that’s everywhere this fall.  I obviously like mustard since I also have one.  I like the puff sleeve of this one as well.  If only it had elbow patches it would be perfect.


Numbers 9 and 10 are fun graphic t-shirts.  Another one of my favorite things.  I would wear either of these under the white cardi (12) or number 13.  I love the idea of a graphic t-shirt under a preppy sweater, like 13.  That also is a close dupe for a Gucci sweater.  Number 11, the gold cami, is pricey for a camisole, I do agree, but the color is pretty and very ‘in’ for now.  I would like to see how it looks with the green boucle (14) and the long blouson sweater (15).

My favorite thing about number 15 are the sleeves to that sweater.  It seems pouffy sleeves are having a moment.  These aren’t as blouson as others I’ve seen, but they make this sweater different.  It gives it a feminine air about it, and if you pair it with the gold cami (11) it will create an outfit worthy of a French gal’s closet.

Cardigans are a great staple for a closet because sometimes you can get tired of wearing blazers all the time.  It’s a soft and cozy way of being warm while making a fashion statement.  But, I want to know what you guys think… are there any that have you saying, heck no!  If so, leave me a message below!


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