Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Fashion: Ode to Cardigans

Cardigans....often the first thought that comes to my mind is the blue (or red) zipper cardigan that Mr. Rogers would put on just before he changed his shoes, tossing each from one hand to the other, as he welcomed us to his neighborhood.

Because of this, I often categorize cardigans I see as "love it/have to have it" or a "Mr.
Rogers' cardigan."

My love for these versatile sweaters has grown deep over the years, as has my collection; I can't seem to ever have too many of them! To me, it is no longer the strange (& perhaps unattractive) piece of clothing that you see draped over your Kindergarten teacher's shoulders or desk chair (the same one all year long), but now a consistent piece within my wardrobe! There are just too many out there, no matter what the season, not to love them!

cardigans by fireyfashionista

What more can a girl say about a versatile, functional, practical, and often stylish piece that belongs in every girl's wardrobe. It is one of those ESSENTIALS, and often necessary in multiples. As a couple basic neutral, solid colored cardis are necessary to be thrown on with just about anything, but also a couple fun, print, or even sequined versions to add that spunk to your typical jeans and t-shirt look can be a great addition to your closet. I'm loving this one, from J.Crew. It perhaps is nearing that Mr. Rogers look, but I love it. With the shawl collar and the marled cotton it is neutral enough, but yet still unique. A great piece for a fall shopping outing or Saturday lunch date. J.Crew is a great place to find solid, basics, as well as an occasional fun, sequined cardi that won't break the bank!

Anthropologie is another fantastic place to find unique and fabulous cardigans! Most of the cardigans here are in the $100-$200 price range, but are most often well worth the splurge. Check out these two looks from their fall catalog. I love the fun fur on the neutral colored cardi paired with the amazing plaid skirt (SO want to own). And the simple addition of a cardi with a dress is a perfect ensemble for a fall wedding!

The other fabulous part about cardigans is that they can be SO AFFORDABLE! You can
easily find a fantastic cardi under $100, if not under $50! And stores always seem to have most styles in large quantities that many of the basics are often on sale at the end of the season or even at multiple times throughout each season. Urban Outfitters and Ann Taylor LOFT are two great places, both in stores and online, to find affordable cardis for fall.

urban cardigans
urban cardigans by fireyfashionista

Two final looks to leave you with...

I just couldn't
not post them as they include a cardi and the next best thing to a fabulous cardi = a casual BLAZER paired with of course shorts for fall (with tights or boots). LOVE LOVE!

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