Turnover Happens

Last spring, I bought a pair of cardigans from GAP that had some adorable grosgrain trim on the placket.  They were a cotton-cashmere blend and they had an classic-cut.  The colors were practical for all seasons and for as conservative as they were, I just loved them.

For the record, if you put grosgrain ribbon trim on just about anything, I’ll love it.  Ribbons and bows are my catnip.

So I was a little bit heartbroken when I threw the gray one on before work the other day, and realized it was too big (not in the cute way).  And by proxy, I realized that if the gray cardigan was too big, then so were about half of the sweaters I own.

I know that if you’re picking through your sweaters in the middle-of-winter, you’re a little bit late to the game.  I’m also fully aware that right now my game is focused on things that belong nowhere near The Frozen Tundra in December.

But I’m taking solace in the fact that by the time I get back from vacation, we should be moving into sale-season as stores try to clear out their stock for spring.

Though if I’ve learned anything in the last two years, it’s always sale-season.

Obviously to kick-start my wardrobe’s rehabilitation, I’ll be needing to replace some staples.

In case you’re late to the game, the Pantone Color of the Year is Honeysuckle.  Even though pink had been named The Girl Color Of The Century for some time now, Honeysuckle is a breath of fresh (yet totally comforting) air.  I don’t know about y’all, but for me it’s really hard to find a wearable-pink that’s flattering to my skin tone without washing me out or making me look extremely flushed.

This one?  I just have a hunch that it’s going to be universally-flattering.

And when I’m just browsing, I see no reason to embrace the concept of moderation.  So if those last picks weren’t so fascinating, I’m hoping that some of these will be.

When is the last time you had to replace a favorite wardrobe-staple?

There was a top I got from Ann Taylor this spring that had the most gorgeous satin ribbon-detailing around the neckline.  I held onto it until I started to look like I was rocking a mushroom-colored basketball jersey with leggings.  It killed me, but it was just time.

Cardigan-wearers, where’s your favorite place to buy?


15 responses to “Turnover Happens

  1. I’m currently looking for a replacement for my formal black dress and it’s a nightmare! I’ve had this one dress since PROM for god’s sake, and it’s still great, but I think it’s time for an upgrade (this past weekend was its retirement run). I have a few LBDs, so I’m looking for something with a bit more flair that’s black-tie-worthy. Maybe after the New Year…

    As for cardigans, J.Crew for sure. I have quite a few from there. For something a little more special, I try Anthro’s sale rack.

    Problem: I’ve run out of money for buying cruisewear!

  2. Jcrew has the best cardigans! I am waiting for the infinity cardigan to go on sale in black. I have one in a dark green.

  3. I like alloy- it’s mainly an online site, but they have good stuff!

  4. My favorite sweaters come from Bamana Republic and J Crew. Love! 🙂

  5. “ribbons and bows are my catnip” seriously, you bring me such joy lol not even kidding I laughed out loud when I read that. My hubby stared at me like I was a freak. Owell.
    I am obsessed with cardigans as well. I love the versatility of them, and they have such cute designs now adays!!

  6. Unfortunately, all of my cardigans are getting too small 😦 But I like to get them from either Target or Old Navy. They’re cheap!

  7. Aw, what a good reason to change up the wardrobe 🙂

  8. I love cardigans. I am a huge fan of J.Crew’s (they like sequins almost as much as I do), but when I am looking for a cheaper option and have time – then I head on over to one of my favorite thrift stores to find a gem.
    Much love,

  9. I love the photos on your photo. I’m tempted to drive across town right now to shop at Anthropologie!

  10. My coworker sometimes makes fun of my cardigan-for-every-outfit wardrobe. (in my defense, I am not wearing one today) My favs are from J Crew and Loft. Always clearance rack 🙂

  11. runyogarepeat

    Gap ones are my favorite – I love basic ones in every color. Forever 21 also has tons of unique ones that are a pretty good price.

  12. I had this cute semi cashmere top from Banana republic which I absolutely loved loved loved. One day I gave it for a dry clean and it came back two sizes smaller. I was so sad!

    I buy my cardigans at Ann Taylor, ban. rep. or target!

  13. I am totally with ya on the ribbon and bow thing. Add a few sparklies, and I am a goner. Just a few. I like Anthro, Banana Republic, & Target for cardigans. Although, I do find a lot of ribbon-y ones at thrift stores. Sssssh! Trade secret.

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