A new basic (WIW)

For years my FFBO was a silk sleeveless shirt, skinnies, and a drapey waterfall cardigan. I've drifted away from the waterfall cardigans -- styles change, and I can't seem to find one that fits the way I want. But the alternatives didn't seem better -- I've always had a poison eye for 'boyfriend' cardigans for myself, even as they became trendy. I think because I don't see myself as preppy and I associate the look with that style. Anyway, with all that, my old FFBO hasn't been such a fallback the past year or so.

Then I was at Crossroads Trading (used clothing) and found this J Crew cardigan in mint condition and tried it on. I love it! It flatters my shape more than a big draped cardigan (I prefer de-emphasizing my chest). And the pockets stand open with a bit of structure that adds some distinct style to the look. And for $16, it can't be beat! I think this will get a lot of use this year, though it's getting too warm for merino. So here's what I wore today, just a basic outfit that I can repeat again and again. (It would be better with a collared shirt open at the neck, rather than this neckline, but that's ok.)

I wonder why I had such a negative opinion until I tried it. It's such a simple basic that it's hard to see why I'd object. And I wonder if this means I'm shifting back towards closer fits.

(Edit: Yikes, I'm pretty sure my silk shirt isn't that see through in normal light. I hope!)

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  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    It's really a lovely cardigan. Hangs so well. Maybe the thing is, grandpa cardis have been the thing for so long...

  • Tisa replied 1 year ago

    I like your look.

    Did you use flash when taking the photo? They can do weird things to dark tops that usually aren't see-through.

    *Edit: spelling.

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    Great look. 

  • Sisi replied 1 year ago

    I am happy that you found something that you like, and for that price! I like this cardi on you. Probably it has the right proportions/details that make it work. The right garment is such a combination of factors!

  • bella replied 1 year ago

    simple and beautiful. May I just say, I love your hair in a ponytail! What an interesting juxtaposition with your undercut. 

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    FABULOUS on you. 

  • Emily K replied 1 year ago

    You expressed my thoughts on cardigans, exactly.  Maybe I should go back for a second look at the style.  

  • kkards replied 1 year ago

    sometimes fashion is like people, the 1st impression is misleading, and you need to get past it to see the true worth.....

    great cardi, and fab FFBO

  • UmmLila replied 1 year ago

    I love this cardigan on you. I am a huge fan of cardigans with blouses and jeans.

  • Greyscale replied 1 year ago

    No flash, but I was standing in full light from my windows. Usually I take photos from a different angle.

    I think the shirt is fine in indoor lighting. Maybe sheer in sunlight -- I'll ask a friend next time I wear it.

  • jill58 replied 1 year ago

    Looks great. Perfect fit!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    What a great find. Looks wonderful.

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    I don't generally love cardigans but this one looks like it was made for you!

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