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Fashion Essential: The Cardigan

January 21, 2009

Your Inspiration: Burberry Prorsum (especially SS08); Mister Rogers

Background: A cardigan is a variation on the pullover sweater, with a seamed front portion (via button or zipper) that can be opened in the front (how do you like that technical description?). The garment was supposedly named for James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan because he wore the item on campaign. The Earl’s notorious win at at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War made him into a national hero, and his signature outfit became an (enduring) trend.

Why It’s Essential: The cardigan is one of the most versatile pieces of Winter-wear available; it’s a fashionable spin on the sweater particularly notable for its ability to pair with a dress, as well as its formal versatility.
How to Wear: Throw a fitted cardi over your favorite dress & belt or pair an oversized version with your favorite skinnies.


1. Forever21 Celia Sweater Cardigan ($19.80)

2. Rebecca Norman Gold Hammered Hoops ($143.00)

3. Christian Louboutin Decollete Patent Pump ($680.00)

4. Alice + Olivia Crinkle Silk Floral Dress ($375.00)

5. Forever21 Kristen Sleeveless Cardigan ($22.80)

6. JCrew Solid Washed Favorite Tank ($16.50)

7. Tejani Deep Onyx Bangles ($50.00)

8. Dolce Vita Chastity Heel ($162.00)

9. Pac Sun Solana Extreme Skinny Black ($27.50)


Fashion Essentials: The Beret

November 11, 2008

This category is dedicated to those classic fashion items that no girl should do without…

The Beret

Your Inspiration:

Background: Berets have long been part of the military uniforms of several countries (including France, Russia, Germany and the US), where color serves as an important differentiator. They largely entered the fashion vernacular through the Beatnik aesthetic, which was appropriated by Yves Saint Laurent at the House of Dior. Today, berets continue to have artistic as well as French connotations, based on their origins; however, the addition of the toppers to school uniforms have added to their cache (based on the current Gossip Girl trend).

Why It’s Essential: A beret conveys an air of effortless chic; an outfit is instantly elevated by its addition, inheriting a French je ne sais quoi.

How To Wear:

– Pair a traditional version with a full skirt for a particularly French look.

– Add a slouchy version to a skinnies/vest/oversized tee combo for a rock-n-roll vibe.

Where to Buy:

Solid Color Hats, $11.95

Urban Outfitters, $24.00

Shopbop, $75.00