9/6/13

The Essential Element


for Fall is the Cardigan... the perfect garment for transition of season.  I can feel Fall coming, for the last few mornings, the temps have been in the low 60s, compared to the usual 70s.  That's a clear sign Fall is coming.... so its time to sport the essential element.... the Cardigan.  As we all know, the Cardigan is an essential element for any wardrobe making it a versatile piece.  With that who can resist a garment that can be worn as a traditional classic, casually or to accent an ensemble.






Prior to 2009, I avoided wearing cardigans and defaulted to structured garments.  Often than not, I found myself struggling to pair the right cardigan with my ensembles and my futile attempt would leave me looking like Mrs. Doubtfire.



Fast forward and thinking that I've finally gotten it right.  I gravitate to the classic style cardigans and prefer pairing them with slacks or skirts.  To help me along I follow these guidelines: 



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2010 handmade crochet cardigan



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So my questions to you are:
  • Do Cardigans play a role in your wardrobe?
  •  If so, do you prefer a particular style?  classic, shawl collar, v-neck, scoop, boyfriend style, crop... 
  • Do you prefer solids over print cardigans?
  •  How do you like to rock your cardigan?  open, belted, single button...

22 comments:

Adelaide B said...

I am a life-long devotee of the cardigan; the grannier the better. No prints though, just neutral solids.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Not a cardigan wearer, given the humidity here, but yours look awesome. I can't belt anything, for some reason, maybe the wide hips? I'm more into the cropped shrugs. Thanks for all those links - I feel so much hipper for having read them!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

It's interesting to read your post because I've been a strict cardigan girl for the last couple of years. I've worn them short, long, cropped...u-necked, v-necked...prints and solids and sometimes both mixed.

I've purchased them and sewn them. I've amassed an amazing collection of them in all colors and now I'm moving back to jackets. A softer, less structured jacket but a jacket just the same. So this is interesting to me that you are moving in one direction while I'm going in the other!

alethia said...

Interesting post,your photos showed your evolution. I was a jacket person and in the last two years I've evolve from jackets to cardigan. Great post!

Angela said...

You look great in your cardigans but I laughed when I saw Mrs. Doubtfire in your post, that is exactly how I'm afraid I look wearing a cardigan! For that reason I am usually a jacket person. I need to go back and read your links and improve my cardigan know-how.

Sheila said...

Hi Adelaide and Thanks for commenting.

Sheila said...

Hi Sister and glad you enjoyed the links.

Sheila said...

Hi Carolyn and Thanks for commenting. I still wear blazers, more often than not and had fun this summer sporting vibrant colored ones. With the cooler temps its feels good to change it up a little and sport the cardigans.

Sheila said...

Hi Alethia and Thanks. Incorporating cardigans into my wardrobe has provided me a variety of fashion options and that's a beautiful thing.

Sheila said...

Hi Angela and Thanks. One of the things I have not mastered yet is the dress/cardigan combo. I realized that a dress + cardigan = doubtfire on me. So I default to pairing blazers with my dresses and leave the cardigans for my slacks and pencil skirts.

TinaLou said...

Hi Sheila, I'm a huge fan of the tailored cardigan, having scooped up a couple for fall just today. I find that I can only wear crew necks as standalone tops. If you look at all of your awesome looks you'll see they're all v-necks. I think that's the ticket to get-out-of-dumpyland. I also have a couple that are a little shorter on my body, hitting at high hip, that seems to be a sweet spot when layering over dresses.

Sheila said...

Hi Tina and Thanks. You are on to something, looking back at the pics and clearly seeing it. Thanks again. I stopped in target Thursday and saw a few cardis I wanted, grabbed them up, only to head to the register and the lines were insanely long and decided another time would be best.

Faye Lewis said...

I'm a cardi lover so I had to answer your questions.
. Yes cardigans play a big role in my wardrobe, but I never can get my hands on just the right colors. I love the classic - which I call a jeweled neck cardi, but I'm also partial to all the others too. Kinda like the boyfriend which I only have a dark brown one, but I really do like it. I don't feel comfortable in cropped ones, 3/4 sleeved ones or shrugs for that matter.
. I prefer solid colors but I do like print ones too.
. I like wearing them single buttoned, or open. I love the belted cardigan look too, but feel stuffed when I attempt that.
All in all, can you tell I'm a real cardi lover?


L said...

I really, really want to love cardigans. But I am having a hard time making the traditional cardi look right on my full bust. It meets at the neckline and then gapes wildly from then on. If I make it to fit the bust, it looks big and unattractive. The only cardigans I've made are S2603 and S2560. I can wear those comfortably. I'd like to copy some of your looks, but I have concerns.

Levone said...

Great post, I love cardigans! I actually wear them year round as my office is freezing especially when it's hot outside. I like jackets/blazers as well but wear cardigans more frequently.

Sheila said...

Hi Faye and Thanks for commenting. Yes, I can tell you are a cardi lover. I have a few boyfriend cardigans which are a bit too long for my short frame. That style I tend to wear with leggings and boots.

Sheila said...

Hi L and Thanks for commenting. Being a large bust was one of my issues and tend do the one-button closure to avoid the boxy look along the torso.

Sheila said...

Hi Levone and Thanks for commenting.

velosewer said...

I use cardigans as a work layer. When it's really cold, I can couple my cardigans with tailored jackets. And they add colour when the rest of my look is corporate.

katahdinchicklet said...

I LOVE my cardigans! I'm a bug fan of boyfriend fit in solid colors. Right now I have a fuchsia one that looks fabulous with everything and I wear it all the time. I think my current uniform is maxi skirt with a tank and boyfriend cardi.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful sewing. you style your garments very well also.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

As always. Very nice post. I too view cardigans and jackets as what-the-rest of the outfit revolves around. I see cardi's and jackets as almost the same thing except jackets tend to be more precise.