I don't exactly remember when I bought this Old Navy shawl-collar cardigan. I do know, though, that I barely looked at it when I was in the store. It was just, "Oh, white cardigan in decent condition, I could use one of these." And into my cart (yes, I require a shopping cart when I go thrifting) it went. I threw it in the hamper and kind of forgot about it. (Don't tell me you've never done that.) But when it emerged from the depths of the laundry mountain, and I actually tried it on, I was pretty psyched by my find. Here's what I love about this cardi:
It's flattering AND comfortable.
I love clothes that give me a waist, and this cardigan does a great job of that. The dolman sleeves gathered into that wide, high waistband emphasizes the narrowest part of my body (I feel like I'm channeling Stacy & Clinton), which is always a good thing for me. Plus, it gives me a deep V neckline, which is also a look I like for my shape. The sleeves aren't tight, thus avoiding the dreaded Sausage Arm (this is a problem I have with many sweaters) and making it super comfy to wear, and the waistband actually fits my waist properly without cinching it in uncomfortably.
It has a retro vibe without being fussy.
Don't get me wrong, I looove me some vintage cardigans. But I'm also cheap and lazy (seriously, that may end up on my tombstone), which means I usually can't be bothered to a) pay for dry cleaning or b) hand-wash sweaters. So wash and wear is my best friend. But I love how the style of this sweater gives off a vintage feel without being over-the-top.
I seriously have to stop myself from wearing this three or four times a week. Unbuttoned, it works like a jacket, and has a more casual air. Buttoned over a dress, it adds definition to the waistline and emphasizes a full skirt. I wear this cardigan year-round; the ivory color still feels appropriate even in darkest winter. And it's so lightweight that it's perfect to throw on over a summery dress in even the hottest weather (especially since my office is an ice chamber).
It's not boring!
I love the little details (the buttons, the shawl collar, the dolman sleeves) that make it feel like a special garment. I have a ton of cardigans and so often when I put them on, they seem to bring down an outfit. They look dowdy or just ... boring. This one never disappoints.
OK, have I freaked you out with how much I seriously love this sweater? The really amazing thing is that I haven't ruined it by spilling food on it yet. For real, I get stains on my clothes so often it's not even funny. Anyway, you can expect to see plenty more of this little gem in future posts, but I have pledged to wear it a maximum of once a week so that it's not overkill. Do you have a favorite garment? Join in the linkup and show it off!