Ask Belle: Uniqlo Cardigan, Two Ways
Oct 12, 2015
I freaking loved the Uniqlo cardigan you put on the blog last week. I had to have it! Now tell me how to wear it to work! Ha ha ha.
I chose that cardigan specifically because it looked cozy, but it had enough structure that it could be a blazer-alternative for semi-casual days. It reminds me of my favorite M.M. LaFleur cardigan, which keeps me warm all winter long. So let’s figure out a couple of ways to wear a chunky knit to the office.
Sweater: Uniqlo + Lemaire Cardigan ($58)
From Left, Earrings: Cole Haan Labradorite Studs ($38) // Bag: Halogen Fremont Satchel ($188) // Shoes: Steve Madden Shiela ($85) // Top: H&M V-neck Satin Top ($18) // Pants: J.Crew Hutton Trouser ($168)
Tailored Trousers. I don’t wear pants often, and I rarely choose J.Crew pieces. But I own these trousers, and they are pretty great. My only complaint is that they’re not lined. These Limited Cassidy trousers are a less expensive alternative.
Because the cardigan is a cool blue-green, I wanted to keep all the under pieces the same color. This will help you look taller. However, a silky ivory blouse would be lovely as well.
For the accessories, I chose a Labradorite earring. Labradorite mixes blue, green, and grey into one beautiful stone. If you prefer a necklace, try this Athena gold disk pendant.
The burgundy purse brings a pop of color to the look. I’ve kicked the tires on this Halogen bag and it’s really well made for the price. I also like their front-pocket tote in burgundy. If you like wine-colored hues enough to spend a bit more, try this Michael Kors Dillon satchel.
Lastly, I like a crisp grey pointed toe pump. For something leather, try these Jowzer pumps.
For the hair, I would wear it down and loosely waved. For the makeup, I would wear a burgundy nail and a lot of mascara.
Cozy & Feminine. A v-neck dress is the perfect complement to a chunky cardigan. I like this simple T Tahari dress for all seasons. I also like this Theory dress and this Hugo Boss sheath. If you’re not feeling navy, burgundy, gray, ivory, and pale blue are all good choices.
I love a snakeskin bag. This pattern is great. For something less expensive, try this Mellow World bag.
For the makeup, I would keep it neutral with a bit of navy blue eyeliner. It’s a little softer than black. For the hair, I would wear it up in a loose updo.