I have been following your blog for a while now and wanted to get some advice on cardigans. I recently moved back to the mainland and am in dire need of replacing old sweaters.
A family member recommended J. Crew’s Jackie, but given the reviews on their website I am a little hesitant to spend the money if the quality has declined. I was hoping you could recommend a 3/4 length sleeved cardigan within the $50-$75 price range.
Thanks for your guidance! -Em
My feeling on the J.Crew Jackie is this: It used to be epic, it’s not any more. The J.Crew Factory Clare cardigan is almost as good, and it’s half the price. So buy the Clare, and join the legions of women who pray to the baby Jesus for a day when J.Crew gets its head out of its ass. Amen.
If this solution doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of other cardigans in the sea. For quality at a reasonable price, don’t count out the “old lady” brands: LL Bean and Land’s End.
The Supima Cotton Cardigan from Land’s End comes in a wide range of colors and wears like a dream. It also comes in tall, petite and plus. Their Waterfall Cardigan is also a big seller. LL Bean makes 31 styles of cardigan; they’re the Baskin Robbins of sweaters.
But if you must have 3/4 sleeves, Halogen is the place to go. Halogen makes their classic cardi in 16 colors and patterns, regular and petite, sizes 00 to 18. The quality is good, and they seem to last for a while.
If none of these staple styles tickle your fancy, I put a few more options in this widget.