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10th Commandment: February 13


J.CREW Tippi Sweater ($59)

I like lightweight sweaters for casual work days.  Pair them with pencil skirts and statement necklaces.  Trousers and scarves.  Tucked into peplum skirts with belts.

If you’re larger chested, a v-neck might be preferrable to the crewneck.  I also like scoopnecks, provided you don’t show too much cleavage.  And even if you’re not well-endowed, sometimes showing a little skin is more flattering to your figure.

And if you’re small chested, you can try something a little different and wear a lightweight cardigan backwards so that the buttons run up the back.  It doesn’t work on everyone, but on the right body type, it can look chic.

I also like that this sweater has a 3/4-length sleeve, it feels a little bit more “spring” than a full-length sleeve.



  1. Shannon says:

    I have a Tippi sweater in pink. While the quality is good and I love the 3/4 sleeves, I'd caution anyone who is thick in the middle against getting one. The material clings to every last scrap of belly flub.

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  2. APW says:

    I LOVE this sweater. I have it in three colors, and it looks great dressed up or down. I find it very figure flattering.

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  3. SLG says:

    I think I know the answer to this, but here goes: Anyone have any super-awesome tricks for putting on a cardigan over a 3/4-length sleeve, without pushing the 3/4-length sleeve up to your shoulder?

    My office temperature changes a lot, so I put on/take off a cardigan several times a day. Love the Tippi sweater but I this happens every time I wear it. Magical suggestions, anyone? Are blazers my only option?

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  4. Karin says:

    I'm intrigued by the wear-it-backwards look — from the back I agree that it adds an interesting twist, but is there a photo of how it looks from the front? Maybe I'm just a skeptic, but I think from the front it would just look like someone put their cardigan on backwards.

    And I share SLG's problem with the 3/4 sleeve + cardigan dilemma. The heater in my office has two settings — blasting or off — meaning I'm constantly putting on and taking off a cardigan, often resulting in awkwardly bunched fabric.

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  5. H. says:

    Does anyone know how the fit of the Tippi compares to the Jackie? Thanks!

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  6. Ali says:

    I love cardigans but I can't get my mind to deal with tbe backwards one. It reminds me of my teachers during middle school spirit week's “backwards day”.

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  7. E says:

    Here's a backwards cardigan from the front. Apparently it's a trend from the 50's.

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  8. Sam says:

    Just wanted to comment that as a “larger chested” woman, I prefer not to wear v-neck tops to the office. Doing so requires wearing an extra layer underneath to ensure nothing accidentally makes an appearance. Maybe I'm buying the wrong kind of v-necks or in the wrong size? That's just my preference/experience.

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