Ask Belle: A Basic Black Sweater
Oct 10, 2012
This question is going to sound simple and stupid, but I assure you that I’m in dire need of help. I need a simple black sweater, preferable one that I can machine wash, that’s under $50. I always need a basic black sweater to complete an outfit, but I never have one. I have black cardigans, black tanks, black t-shirts – but the basic black sweater is nowhere to be found. I have searched high and low online, and the only one I can come up with is the Tippi sweater from J. Crew. Is it really necessary to spend that much for a simple sweater? I’d prefer one that is fitted and maybe 3/4 inch sleeve length, but at this point I’m not that picky. Can you recommend a few?Thanks! Kacy
You lost me at “machine wash”…
But seriously, machine washing knits is NOT for the faint of heart. It’s time consuming, not to mention dangerous. One wrong move and your grown woman sized sweater becomes a luxurious tea cozy. I mean, I know it can be done, but I have never attempted such a thing.
Care instructions aside, a J.CREW Tippi sweater is a great $80 investment. (I have four; I wear them constantly.) And it’s an especially good deal if you catch them on sale. But if you must have something cheaper, try these:
(Boy, there is just no way to make a row of black sweaters visually appealing.)
So there you go, a handful of basic black sweaters. If it were me, I would still invest in the Tippi Sweater and take good care of it. I also think this Neiman Marcus cashmere sweater from Last Call/eBay is a great buy at $104.