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10th Commandment: September 20th

Blanket cardigans seem to be everywhere this season.  Cozy and warm, they would be a great option for airplane travel, lounging around the house or even the office.  Wait, the office?

If you find a blanket or open cardigan that hits at the hip, grab a wide belt like this black belt from Calvin Klein and cinch it closed for shape.  Wear this look with full-length trousers or pencil skirts.  It’s a casual blazer alternative that packs a lot of warmth and style.

Elected Official

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12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Blanket Cardi ($380)

Hill Staffer


DKNY Jeans Drape Front Cardi ($130)

Paid Intern

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Staring at Stars Intarsia Drape Cardigan ($69)

(I love it when the cheapest one is the best one.)

Plus-size: INC Concepts Plus-size Sweater ($62) Petite: Nic + Zoe Dots and Dashes Cardi ($133)



  1. Kathleen Lisson says:

    This is a first! I’m not sure I would ever see this in the office at Albany.

    September 20, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      For a couple of season in 09-10, I wore a heavy grey drape cardigan with a wide leather belt to the Capitol. I paired it with a pencil skirt and a v-neck blouse in grey print. The cinched belt made it look like a peplum. It was one of my favorite outfits, so you might be surprised.

      September 20, 2013/Reply
  2. Phoebe says:

    Belle – Thank you. The place I work gets so cold! Even in early fall. I already have taken to heart your advice about the heating pad on the chair. I think with slacks the middle option with a belt would work very nicely.

    September 20, 2013/Reply
  3. SLG says:

    Cardigans are the best. But I’m having a hard time picturing the blanket-cardigan-plus-belt look. Do you have a pinterest shot or two you can link to?

    September 20, 2013/Reply