November 12, 2008

Sweater Girl

Warm, fuzzy, soft, seductive…. just a few words to describe the most versatile piece of clothing a woman can have in her wardrobe – the fine-gauge wool or cashmere button cardigan. At least that’s my humble, fashion - tinged opinion. I may own the largest collection of cardigans on the East Coast. I am particularly fond of J. Crew and Ann Taylor’s sweaters because they score high by meeting the stringent requirements of my chic-meter: 1) they are impeccably made with high-quality fibers and top-notch workmanship 2) they come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and 3) prices must not make me nauseous or break out into a cold sweat. It also helps if I don’t have to leave my house to purchase them.

I rarely wear a traditional suit anymore because my collection of plush, jewel-toned cardigans is such a stylish alternative to the oh-so-common blazer. My long and trendy cardigans are great over skinny jeans and ankle boots. My favorite to-the-hip cardigans look fabulous buttoned, left open with a sexy camisole underneath or belted for a sophisticated look. I’m falling in love with the funky, limited-edition embroidered cardigans I just found by Sue of Heavy Threads Clothing. Sweaters can be found in all price ranges from the $49.50 Cashmere cardigan from Old Navy to the $348.00 Victor Glemaud Double Cardigan at Henri Bendel. And accessorizing cardigans is a breeze! I can’t wait to pair my slate grey pencil skirt or charcoal wide leg pants and black J. Crew Merino Melanie button-cuff cardigan with a bold, statement necklace like this one from my Eclectic Collection, a chunky bracelet similar to this one from my Uncommon Splendors Collection or an elegant pair of earrings like these from my Opulence Collection. Trés Chic!

Of all of the things that fill my closet, the cardigan will live on forever as my go-to piece for almost every occasion. I guess that makes me a Sweater Girl for life!

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