It’s Spring, and a woman’s fancy turns to thoughts of….cardigans. Every year about this time, I take up the hunt for what has turned out to be an elusive wardrobe item. I’m talking about a lightweight goes-with-anything cardigan, a no-brainer piece I can toss on while dashing out the door.
Spring Cardigans: Getting Specific
A cardigan doesn’t sound like it would be such a tough find, I mean, cardigans. They’re everywhere. But I have some very specific parameters in mind:
- First, I’m looking for something in a light neutral, preferably some shade of cream or ivory.
- Second, it needs to have an interesting shape or texture, something that makes a simple outfit look finished. I’ve had it up to here with limp, dish-raggy sweaters.
- Third, I’m not looking for a One Season Wonder. I’m doing my best to shop sustainably, and want something that will hold up.
- Fourth, I prefer natural (and/or sustainable) fabrics.
So let’s take a look. Above: I managed to order this one (Plus) when it was marked down. I like the texture, and the finished diagonal pockets. It’s still spendy, but if it lasts several seasons (as most of my Eileen Fisher cardigans have), could be a good investment. I should receive it later this week and will report back.
A button closure isn’t a deal-breaker for me, but it might come in handy. This one’s a cashmere/linen blend.
This longer, merino cardigan has possibilities. It’s very lightweight, and you really can’t tell from this image, but both sides have button fastenings all the way up, an interesting detail that allows you to play with the look of the piece.
Here’s an easy plus-size duster cardigan in a cotton/modal blend.
If your style leans more Boho, this one with fringe trim along the sleeves is fun. (Cable detailing on the back, too…check out the image on the website.)
Sometimes simple wins the day. This cotton blend sweater has pockets and a laid-back vibe. Offered up to size 3X. (It’s very well reviewed too.)
More Spring Cardigans
Is there a particular basic wardrobe item that you’ve found elusive?