Cardigans Then and Now

You all seemed pretty excited about this series Jill and I are doing – we are too! If you missed last week’s kick off, we talked about updating white denim. Continuing on, let’s see how cardigans have changed. At first thought it might sound silly, how different could a cardigan be anyway?

Cardigans Then

When I think back to how I was wearing cardigans about 10 years ago, I remember vividly feeling the need to have a waterfall cardigan. It was so hard to find in-store and I wasn’t shopping so much online. I think I found one at American Eagle on the clearance rack. I thought it was a major score!

While a cardigan twin set is a classic, that’s not exactly what I was going for. I certainly owned a few standard cardigans, but I was all about the mid length cardigan. Worn with open toe booties and a statement necklace thrown on for good measure. Oh yes!!! I was at the height of fashion!

Before we delve into the past, let me just say, these outfits are not necessarily bad. They are just dated. The first outfit would be fine minus the waterfall cardigan. I think a cropped but structured jacket would look better. I’d also swap out the boots.

cardigans then and now

This outfit? Hmmm…I’d keep the shirt (still have it and love it) but I’d wear it with trousers and a jacket. The open toe booties are long gone. They were no longer comfortable.

cardigans then and now

I still love my sequin skirt! The cardigan and the tee are both gone now. I do still have my Kendra Scott rayne necklace – in two colors. I don’t wear it much anymore but I am not ready to part with them. Those open toe booties are gone as well. So is my super blonde hair!

cardigans then and now

Cardigans Now

Cardigans will always be a thing, right? Of course! They’ll never go out of style it’s just how you wear them and what you pair them with! I am seeing that cardigans are either duster length or cropped/sitting at the waist or slightly above. My favorite is the Lady Jacket from JCrew. I broke down and purchased this investment piece. I can hardly wait to wear it. So beautifully designed, with classic gold buttons and an impeccable fit.

Cropped cardigans are another great way to modernize your look. They look great with everything and there are so many options available. I don’t own too many myself, living in such a warm climate I don’t need many.

Of course style is all about YOU and what you like and feel most comfortable in. There are certainly opportunities to re-style older pieces in new ways and maybe that is something Jill and I can do in the future. However, I will say, that having a side hustle like this means the wardrobe turnover is high. I donate a LOT of clothes and give things away too. Its the nature of the beast when you monetize your blog.

I hope this was fun and enjoyable to read. Experience is the best teacher some times and it’s helpful to look at what we were wearing and doing in the past. It can help shape our future and provide direction, even for something as simple as getting dressed!


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