Belle Answers Her Own Cardi Question
Jun 5, 2014
In the decade since I graduated from college, I’d forgotten how unbelievably cold school buildings are. It was so cold in the law school yesterday that even the Crypt Keeper would have reached for a sweater. Changes to my summer wardrobe need to be made before hypothermia sets in.
When I worked on Capitol Hill, I used to keep a heating pad in my desk. When I got cold, regardless of season, I would just plug it in and lay it on my chair. The heat from the pad would warm the blood as it passed through the veins and arteries in my legs and I’d be perfectly toasty all day long. Sadly, carrying a heating pad around all day is not a law school appropriate solution.
I guess it’s time to buy some cardigans. They must be neutral in color, soft in material and have the ability to be thrown over everything from jersey dresses to jeans. And since I plan on wearing them only in the school building, they need to be on the less expensive side.
I decided that an open front cardigan with a fairly generous drape would be my look of choice. That way I can wrap it around myself like a blanket. I love this chunky knit from Banana, the length and drape are exactly what I’m looking for. This Aran edge-to-edge cardigan from Asos also has a nice chunky knit to it. And I like this $25 cardi from H&M that comes in several neutral hues.
Since knits can get a little itchy even under the best circumstances, the next two choices are made of jersey. This Velvet cardigan looks like a good basic, and this Ann Taylor cardi is super cute in stripes. This pima-lined cardigan from Ever After looks sublime. I also like this long Lauretta cardigan from Anthropologie (also in petites). And it looks like Athleta sells a great jersey wrap as well.