Three Ways: The Jackie Cardigan
Mar 1, 2011
As I said this morning, the Jackie may be the perfect cardigan. Inspired by Jackie Kennedy, it fits perfectly, wears well and can be purchased in several colors. I own three (loden, raspberry and navy), and my co-worker owns a half-dozen. So, today, I’m not going to limit myself to just one shade.
I subscribe to the philosophy that America’s closets have become too casual. When I walk through my neighborhood and I see women in tracksuits, Uggs and unwashed hair, I feel like the world is spinning out of control. My Mother taught me to take pride in my appearance, and that there was no occasion that wasn’t worth getting dressed up for. Because if you take pride in yourself, than you should take an equal measure of pride in your appearance. So while this outfit may seem overly dressy to some, this is what I would wear to the grocery store or to a casual lunch with friends.
I love the bright cardigan for spring and summer. If you choose this cardi, you can balance it with a striped top, a button-up blouse, or a nude colored top/blouse. Or if you want to try something bolder, a purple, yellow or cobalt top would really pop. And those t-strap flats are an absolute must-have.
Confession time: This is actually an outfit I own, more or less. I wear a navy pencil skirt and cognac boots, but the basic pieces are the same. So judge harshly at your own risk (*wink*).
I really like to mix pieces that are different shades of the same color, so here we have a loden green cardigan with a chartreuse top. And while you could choose grey or tan for the trousers, I prefer navy because it feels a little richer to me.
While the Kennedy Center is a bastion for the arts, the attire worn to the performances is quite a bit more casual than most people first imagine. I was very surprised the first time I went to the opera to see people wearing jeans and casual attire. So I think something akin to “church clothes” are the best choice for the symphony or the opera.
This season, you are going to see a lot of soft, deconstructed pieces in silk and chiffon. It’s like the return of pretty, effortless dressing. Here I paired a muted-print dress with a grey cardigan and soft lavender pumps. And how great are those earrings? I don’t usually wear drops, but for those, I’d break the habit.