Monday, September 17, 2012

Cardigan Confession



I have a confession to make: up until about 2 months ago, I didn't own a single cardigan.  I have no real explanation for this - except that every time I wore one, I felt it looked too conservative for my personal taste and I couldn't quite get the styling right.  I've recently added 3 to my closet since I discovered the longer-length v-neck cardigans are perfect for me.  In fact, I'm starting to wonder how I ever lived without them.  So, when the weather took an unexpected dip over the weekend, I experimented by layering this lightweight striped one (very similar to the Gap style here, but for less!) over my cargo vest & adding a scarf...which proved to be an ideal combination for the cooler temperatures.




What I'm wearing:
StyleMint t-shirt (similar), Old Navy vest (similar), c/o Lily + Violet cardigan (here), Levi's jeans (on sale here), Old Navy scarf (similar here or here), RoseGold booties (via eBay; similar), Dockers aviators (similar), Vintage clutch (similar), Michael Kors watch, Bracelets: Forever 21 (on sale here) & c/o Christina M. Boutique (here), Nails: Sally Hansen Red Zin

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jenn~the stylish housewife said...

YAY!!!! i LOVE the cardigan!!! you look so cute! and those jeans are totally flattering on you skinny minnie!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Lace And Tulle said...

I love your scarf!

Kendrra Thoms said...

I love this outfit! I especially like the polkadot scarf with the striped cardi. And I've been looking for shoes just like that!
kendrrat
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Styleclouds said...

I love this look, perfectly layered!!xo, Christina

Natali said...

Very beautiful cardigan and purse! I love how great you've styled this whole look :)

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Mrs. A said...

Too cute! I have too many cardigans to count, but like you, until last year I owned none! I love the layers!

xo Emily
www.bupster.blogspot.com

Magz and Mez said...

Cardigans are the perfect touch but it can be difficult finding the right one. I love yours though!

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Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

i have to admitt that i'm not too big on cardigans either... but i LOVE how you styled this one :)

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

Jamie said...

I agree with you - that style cardigan looks great on you. I love the layering in this look! Can't wait until it's cool enough down here in GA to wear layers. :)

The Blue Hour

For All Things Lovely said...

Love the layering! xx.
Megan

www.forallthingslovelymr.blogspot.com

kimberlykotsiras said...

Unlike you, I own in excess of 30 cardigans! I find them to be my go to piece. Now that you're into them, you'll probably find yourself collecting them like I do. I love this outfit, it is something I would wear head to toe! Thanks for always posting such affordable, but chic pieces.

Citrus - Refreshing Fashion said...

wow love all the layering! what a great idea!

Xo Meghan
citrusrefreshingfashion.blogspot.com

Christinah715 said...

Love the cardigan - I wore a similar navy and white-striped one yesterday! Never thought to layer it like you did, I'll have to try it now that I have a cargo vest. Love the scarf, too!

Always Maylee said...

I'm loving the layers! The vest, the striped cardi and that polka dot scarf all make this outfit pretty perfect. You look fabulous.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Xoxo Trishelle said...

Really loving these layers for fall!
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Amy Shaughnessy said...

Love the cardigan! You look really cute and ready for cooler weather.

Amy



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from prosecco to plaid said...

I love how you styled this cardigan! I agree - I don't own many either, but the ones I own I end up loving! Great look. xo, Julie
www.fromproseccotoplaid.com

Amy said...

love this cardigan, looks so cute!

xo amy
Leopard and Lillies

Amy said...

love this cardigan! so cute!

xo amy
Leopard and Lillies

Van said...

That's okay, you have cardigans now. I love my yellow stripe cardigan from F21. It's long and stylish.

thethreadaffect.com said...

Cardigans are definitely one of my closet essentials and am so happy you finally found one you love! Looks great!

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krash said...

Love the cardigan! Just curious, what sizes do you wear?

Amy said...

I agree 100% with you, the vneck longer ish cardy is the best! This is great!

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Terry S said...

Told you you would look great in cardigans. :)

Kimberly said...

Hi Krash, I typically wear a small (or xs, depending on the brand) in tops or 2-4 in blouses. For skirts & dresses, I wear a 4 and in pants I usually need a 6 (since I'm pear-shaped). Hope that helps! :)

secretivestyle.com said...

I'm the same way! I can never find a cardi that fits me perfect! I'll have to try out the longer version, too. You look seriously gorgeous and I love how you layered it over your vest!! x

Alyson said...

Yay for a cardigan! You know my love of them runs deep. Can't wait to see your elbow patch one on the blog.

Basically B said...

Cardigans rule my life, welcome... you will love it here in cardigan land ;)

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RoselyC said...

Great layering. I love the stripe and dots combo.

sarahsreallife said...

How could you have gone so long without a cardigan?!?! I love cardigans and so should everyone :)

Sarah's Real Life

Kate Greer said...

I love it! This makes me ready to dress for fall!

Shannon said...

great cardigan! love it!

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Audrey said...

Love how you layered this look, Kim! I agree w/you about cardigans....I too don't own too many of them. The few that I do own I mostly wear to work. I'm thinking I need to mix things up a bit! www.casualglamorous.com

dreamingincashmere said...

Great idea to layer your cardi over a vest!! I love this look & the colors are perfect!
xo, amy
www.dreamingincashmere.com

Samantha Poliseno said...

Striped cardigans are my favorite! And I love how you mixed the stripes and polka dots. I actually have my eye on this striped cardigan from Luv4Anouka.

Chelsea Davis said...

You look fabulous in cardigans! But i do agree they tend to be hard to work with sometimes, but I think you have done a great job to the basic cardigan! Love the layers!

XO http://shesaidhesaid-fashion.blogspot.com

Jenna said...

Love the mix of stripes and dots! Looks so fabulous together.

3d7ec592-fb7b-11e1-b9b5-000f20980440 said...

I just love this look! So creative to wear the cardigan over the vest! Awesome! xo
Best, M.
http://fadedmstyle.com

vonilicious said...

Wow you look beautiful! I love the cardigan, you really styled it up I think. Your skin look so flawless, I'm into it.

Stephanie Lam said...

Love love the mix of stripes and polka-dots!! :)

-Stephanie
@LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

Jordin- I Love That! said...

Thats funny that you wrote about this because I was just thinking that I have a ton of cardigans but never know how to wear them. I feel like they can be boring! You put this together so well! Love it!

silvergirl said...

love love love this look
you nailed it
brett

Jenny Lauren said...

What?!? Seriously!?! Too funny! I own more cardigans than anything else in my wardrobe! I actually try to stay away from them when possible now because I think I may have worn one every single day last year! I had fallen into a cardigan-rut! You definitely look fabulous in yours, and I LOVE the stripes and layers!

xo Jenny
www.crazystylelove.com

House Of Jeffers said...

I pretty much live in cardigans - even in the summer I wear them to work as the air is always on. Glad that you've found your way into cardigans - they're sorta like t-shirts. Can't have just one!

Jen
House Of Jeffers

the Queen City Style said...

Kimberly, You and the photos are gorgeous, as ever, adore the cardi and the entire outfit and LOVED meeting you at the Lucky/Aloxxi party!! I hope you had a safe trip home, and I hope our paths will cross again soon!
Best, Whitley
www.thequeencitystyle.com

Tiffany M* said...

Loving the fact that you are finally wearing a cardigan on the blog!! See they're not so scary are they :) You look gorgeous and I love how you paired it over a heavier jacket.
beijos,
Tiffany
www.beijostiffany.com

jules said...

i don't know how you survived this long without owning at least one cardigan - i live in mine! at least you have seen the light and jumped on the bandwagon :)

xo julesinflats.com

SK said...

I would have never thought to put a cardigan over a vest like that! I love it!! Glad you finally gave into getting some cardigans :)

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A J said...

Very interesting to style the cardi over the vest, but I like it! Great outfit.

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

This looks so awesome...I would never have thought to layer a cardi over a vest like that!

Marie-Eve said...

That's an amazing cardigan ! Love the whole outfit !
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Libby said...

I love this look! I can't believe you didn't own any cardis until just recently. Cardis, well at least this one, really becomes you!
-XOXO-
Libby at http://libbysoutlook.blogspot.com/

Bravoe Runway said...

I went through a cardigan phase and bought too many of them! I like how you layered the cardigan over the utility vest.

GlamorousMama said...

Love this outfit.. the cardigan is way cute.

I'm really loving the lipstick also, its a great shade for your skin tone!

xoxo
Janelle

GlamorousMama

Lexi said...

Oh gosh, I couldn't live without my cardigans ... and striped cardigans are my absolute favorite!
♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

Beckerman Girls said...

AMAZZZING outfit!!! I love the pop of the red clutch! And your top knot bun is ballerina chic!
kisses
xoThe Beckerman Girls

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Rachel @ Making Life Fabulous said...

I love cardigans! I think the v-neck ones are more flattering, especially if worn open over more layers. I love those black boots! I need to pull my boots out now that the temperature is going down!

Alice Warren said...

I am addicted to cardis. They are perfect for the cooler nights when they here in Southern CA.

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Life's a shoe said...

nice look! love the dotted scarf

Shea Sayers said...

I love this look--layering the cardigan with that vest is a genius idea!! I'm going to have to try that. And I'm the opposite--I hoard cardigans like crazy! Shea @ Bon Chic Bon Gastronomique

Gina said...

I love cardis, and I absolutely love the way you styled this one. Amazing outfit!! I love the polka dot scarf and striped cardi combo.

XO,Gina
http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

Kacie said...

You chose the perfect cardi to start with! V-neck ones are definitely less stuffy than rounded neck ones.

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Giovanna said...

Cute look! Love your clutch and booties!

xx
Giovanna
www.oliveandanarrow.com

@Glam__Slam said...

What a great layering job! I never would have thought to layer a cardigan over a cargo vest, but it so totally works! <3 it!

Stephanie :)
http://glamslamblog.com

Jill said...

I love the vest and cardigan combo! I have that vest so i may have to give this a try! Great idea!

Kristin Clark said...

I am a cardi lover for LIFE!! Glad to see you've joined the ranks :) I wear them all the time...partially because my office is freezing and partially because I love them! Love your layered look!

xo
Kristin
www.LivingInColorPrint.com

MMH said...

I just found your blog and I love it. May I ask what color is on your lips and nails? Thanks so much!!

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Puppies and Purses said...

Just love love this outfit!

I'll def. be mixing polka with stripes. Great post!

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Touch Of Purple said...

LOVE that outfit! :D
You look gorgeous!

with love,
touchofpurple.blogspot.com

Kristen said...

I absolutely love this layered look! You just inspired me to purchase 3 polka dot scarves. My husband thanks you ;)

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