Cardigans: A Love Story

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Hello. My name is Ms. Teach and I am addicted to cardigans.


Why cardigans?

Because cardigans are everything, you fool. Here's why:

1) They can be worn all school year.
That time Sybil wore a cardigan on Downton Abbey.
Over sleeveless shirts and blouses, over long-sleeved shirts in autumn, in winter under your coat, with your Easter bonnet.  ALL THE TIME. Forever.

2) They protect from the sub-arctic blasts of the air conditioner, yet aren't so bulky that you start marinating in your own juices.

Here is Kate Middleton, not looking sweaty.
That's the last time I talk about my juices. Promise.

3) They are versatile.
May I be you, cardi lady?
They can be worn unbuttoned, buttoned, halfway buttoned, dressed up with chunky necklaces or belts or brooches. Or you can step inside the arms and wear them as pants if you'd like.

Hahaha. I made myself laugh.

4) They keep you from looking like a hussy, as my grandmother would say.

Emma Pillsbury from Glee looking anti-hussy.
No sleeves? Put on a cardigan! Florescent lighting turning your white shirt see-through? Put on a cardigan! Low-cut anything? Put on a cardigan! Boyfriend won't respect you? Put on a cardigan! (Just kidding. Dump him.)

5) They are universally flattering.

Roz, looking fetching in a burgundy button-up
Maybe I am making this up, but I feel like they make my arms look awesome. Anyone else have this delusion?

6) They are comfortable.

Love, Teach does not condone anyone over the age of 19 wearing a skirt this short.

It's like wearing a blanket, but without the weird looks that a Snuggie would/will get you.


My Cardigans

I just counted. I have 15 cardigans in the following colors:

Navy (2)
Black (2)
Red
Red-orange
Gray
Gold
Forest green
Turquoise
Mustard
Oatmeal
Fuchsia
Coral and white striped
Army green

This discovery has led me to my next question,


How much is too much?

Impossible.


What's in a good cardigan?

So I used to get my cardigans from Target or Old Navy or somewhere around that price range. Every once in a while I would get one that held up well, but for the most part, those would fade super fast in the wash or get pilly. Ain't nobody got time for that.

Now I usually get mine from J.Crew (teacher discount!), or I try to find ones on sale at places that are generally out of my price range.  The cardigans from these places are definitely more expensive, but they last upwards of three years, where my Target ones barely last a school year without looking ratty and feeling like a washcloth.

Cardigans I want right this instant

I am currently saving up for a trip this summer (and am incurring thousands of dollars in debt already with grad school, yay!), but if I weren't, I might be putting money towards one of these bad boys on my Cardigans board on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/loveteachblog/cardigans/

 


Except for the Oscar de la Renta one. That's not happening unless I win the lottery or find a treasure chest full of gold on my next afternoon walk.

Tell me about your cardi obsession. Your car-devotion, if you will. Your cardig-amity.

Love,

Teach

59 comments:

  1. I wear them to church. Its probably why I'm still single. Girls with business world jobs don't wear cardigans, I've noticed.

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    1. You probably look so FOINE wearing a cardigan that all the boys are like, "Must turn away from that lust-inducing garment."

      I have weird thoughts sometimes.

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    2. You are on to something there, Love Teach. I was luckily enough to grab the man who dared to look twice at me while I was rocking one.

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    3. I am a girl in the business world and I often rock a cardigan. It's all in the details - plain, boring j crew cardigans are fabulous with suit pants or a skirt. They also make a polo shirt and jeans look much better. They are wonderful with everything, actually. :)

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  2. Cardigans are smartigans. You forgot that they could be worn after the holidays when you're super fat from eating too much pumpkin pie or over a maternity dress when you're knocked up or when you have a slutty dress that you want to wear to work but can't because it's slutty so you put a cardigan over it and WHAMMO! All class, baby. (I suppose you did cover these things, just a bit more eloquently.)

    In conclusion, I also love cardigans.

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    1. There you go, being smart again with your "smartigan."

      GET IT?!?!

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  3. I probably have six black ones. There's always one on the floor of my classroom somewhere.

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    1. HAHA, me too!!! I once picked up three from the floor around my desk. It's like they want to be there.

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    2. Oh, God...I'm not the only one. I have to harvest mine and take them home once a week. Once I had two coats, three hoodies, and at least three sweaters sitting on my filing cabinet. I'm not convinced the custodial staff doesn't think I'm homeless and hiding on campus somewhere.

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  4. Cardigans are amazing. I have close to 20 different ones... definite staple in my wardrobe for both teacher and regular civilian functions. And I'm not mad about it.

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  5. I came across your blog a few months ago, but the more you post, the more I'm convinced we might be lost lost twins. Thank you for speaking the truth about important things, like button-up, knitted garments.

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  6. I, too, am a lover of cardigans. I especially love my argyle ones. I think I currently have six of those, though my pink one with teal, darker pink, and I think orange has possibly been mortally wounded. A "Gym Class Heroes" t-shirt apparently bled its color on that cardigan and I didn't catch it until it was dry. I am in the midst of live-saving measures, but the situation appears grim.

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  7. I just bought two new cardigans--the boyfriend style that is longer and varsity-letter-ish--sort of like Richie, Ralph and Potsie wore in Happy Days--at Old Navy yesterday in spring colors because
    A. It still feels like winter here and I need a sweater.
    B. They are comfy and trendy all at the same time.
    C. They have pockets for my other obsession--different flavors of Chapstick.
    D. They are lightweight enough that I am not a Sweat Hog (Welcome Back Kotter reference--John Travolta pre-Saturday Night Fever!

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    1. I love the boyfriend cardigans! And YES on the pockets! I completely forgot about those. What's your favorite chapstick? Mine's cherry. Or this ultra expensive (but amazing) balm I found by Fresh cosmetics. Life-changing.

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    2. Is it Fresh Sugar, Teach?! I went down that rabbit hole, too!

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  8. I have serious Cardi Collection envy. I have learned that cardigans are super stretchy and forgiving. Even when you have to go up a shirt size, the cardi is the garment that keeps on giving.

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  9. J.Crew cardigans are probably the best, but the BDG cardigans from Urban Outfitters are pretty good, too. They're always going on sale.

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  10. I have so many, and never feel like I have enough! White House black market has amazing cardigans! I get a ton of compliments when I wear them, and they hold up so well. Honestly,
    I don't know where I'd be if cardigans didn't exist! Plus, different colors and patterns mean I can wear the same dress or skirt, but have it look different every time. Since dresses and skirts can be more expensive than my beloved cardis, this is a win-win in my book.

    Ps I agree with the arms looking better in a cardi!

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  11. I love cardigans. But also: blazers. They're a little bit pricier, and so they're a true investment, but I melt every time I see a good one.

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  12. Thank you for giving validity to my obsession. I even wear them out. Like out, out. They can be part of your outfit or your coat. So versatile. I remember magazine articles when I was growing up about how to turn your day makeup into evening makeup. Forget that nonsense. Get a cardigan. Cardigan on? Prim, proper, teacher. Cardigan off? Life of the Farmers' Market/courtyard happy hour/Thursday night drink special local band party. Done.

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  13. I suffer from bigboobbuttongap syndrome, so my cardigan love affair developed a major plot twist when in discovered the buttonless cardigan, especially those from J. Crew. I have that brand in 5 colors. I also think they named them cardigans because you want to wear them again, and again, and again....They should really call them card-agains if you want to get technical about it.

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  14. I teach at an international school on a tropical island, and let me tell you, you were not joking when you said that cardigans could be worn all school year. EVEN HERE. But especially during rainy season. And especially especially when driving a motorbike at night during rainy season. Because it is cold and miserable and wet. And cardigans save my life on a regular basis. So I have about 6 cardigans that I try to spread my love evenly among.

    This post made me happy because now I know I'm not crazy. Thanks for that.

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    1. You had me at "I teach at an international school on a tropical island."

      Can I be you?

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  15. I am completely obsessed with cardigans, to the point that I knit my own. Yes. Really. (I find my Target cardigans hold up and still look great if you wash them on delicate and lay them flat to dry.)

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    1. Thanks for the tip. My Target cardies are about to hit a 2nd season

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  16. I don't even care that I'm already married and you're an internet stranger. WILL YOU PLEASE MARRY ME?! Together we will raise an army of cardigans so lethal that cold weather daren't ever reach our shoulders again. (Also I only own two cardigans due to Australia so I feel my wardrobe will also be winning in that regard.)

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

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  17. Love your blog, and today's post - very apt! With our first flush of 'cooler' weather (I'm in Australia) the appearance of a new cardigan today led one of my students into a rant about how *ALL* teachers wear cardigans... I didn't think I had a cardigan problem, until he described each cardigan that I owned and began discussions with a few of his peers about which of my cardis were their favourites... I didn't know whether to be delighted that they paid such close attention to my outfits or exasperated that they couldn't recall what we did last week!

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  18. You've got to FIGHT for your RIGHT to CAAARDI!

    Talk cardi to me.

    It's a cardi in the USA!

    There's more where that came from. There are also more cardigans where that came from. No shame in my game!

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  19. I JUST SWORE. And skipped ahead to comment..... UM, JCREW HAS A TEACHER DISCOUNT??? TELL ME AGAIN??? WHAT?

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    1. https://www.jcrew.com/help/teacher_student_discount.jsp This was the only way I was buying the $300 trench coat that I was drooling over for 2 years. And yes, J.Crew's cardigans are the best. I have a few from LOFT and they just don't fit as well (though the rest of my wardrobe is from there and they, too, offer teacher discounts). !

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    2. P.S. Love, Teach: What is your most commented on post? This may be in the running based on the short time it's been up?

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    3. Haha, I think it is my "Don't Date a Teacher" post. Although these are definitely friendlier comments! :)

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  20. CARDIGANS FOR LIFE. Wearing one of my favorites right now, trying to think of how many I own: black, brown, navy blue, red, green, gray argyle, green argyle, peach, coral, purple, cropped indigo, long gray, long brown, gray...clearly I need more! In my ideal wardrobe, I'd be wearing a cardigan every day.

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  21. You might be my soul sister. I'm a teacher and I wear a cardigan everyday and I own about 90 of them. Yes, I am the Imelda Marcos of cardies. I have no shame.

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    1. I was feeling a little sheepish for owning more than 30 . . . now I feel validated enough to add even more to my collection--thanks for that! ;)

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  22. Aww..I used to love cardigans! Until my boyfriend kept teasing me about them being for "old ladies". I had a lot of target/old navy ones since have now faded so I haven't replaced them. I now wear blazers....

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  23. I am a male teacher and I love, love, love my cardigans! I only have three right now (blue, maroon, and charcoal grey), but I want to get many more. I wear them for work, I wear them for casual layers, I wear them for church. James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, was brilliant!

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  24. I love them, and even I can't think of anything less sexy. I turn myself off when I wear them, but damn it, they're comfortable, and you can wrap them around you like a friggin' hug.

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  25. I have a "Mr. Rogers" closet by my front door, and I pick out a different colored cardigan each morning. I wear a cardigan from the first to the last day of school. There's not a more versatile item of clothing out there!

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  26. Everyone pays me out about my cardies - my sister, my partner, even my mum. I scored some hand me downs from my sister about 15 years ago, wore them until I bulged out of them, put them away until I lost some weight and now my sister is paying me out even more cos I'm back wearing them again.

    My theory is: If you like them and they fit, buy them in every available colour!

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  27. I definitely wear mine as hiney-hiders...at least I have the illusion that they hide my hiney!

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  28. Just counted. Hanging in my closet I have 16. On my floor/hanging to be ironed, I have another 5. Plus the ones I'm sure are in my car/classroom. At what point do we need to go to Cardigan's Anonymous?!

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  29. I also love cardigans on women, they are sweet, practical and feminine

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  30. I was introduced to your blog last spring with the "7 Ways to Tell It's the End of the Year" post, which was so spot on, it's not even funny. And I've been scrolling and scrolling for about an hour now, (which is not what I'm supposed to be doing at all) and with this post, I think that I can officially say that you are my spirit animal. Cardigans are God's gift to teachers. I had a friend laugh at me for a solid 15 minutes for being distraught when I lost a cardigan and laughing even harder when I said how versatile it was. I didn't get it. Now, I know. It's a teacher thing. Glad I'm only a little crazy. Carry on, Teach!

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  31. I am a also a teacher, and I would not know how to dress without cardigans. I probably own 30 or more (now I have to count when I get home) in all weights, lengths, colors, and silhouettes--crew neck, v-neck, cropped, "boyfriend length," tie-front, sparkle buttons, plain buttons . . . you get the idea. For me, I find the vertical line of an open or partially-buttoned cardigan draws the eye up and down and is slimming, and they are lighter and closer-fitting than a blazer, which just feels too bulky (not to mention formal for my line of work). I wear them over virtually everything, and literally find myself evaluating each wardrobe addition by what cardigan could be worn with it (or needs to be purchased to complete the outfit). I love cardis by Ann Taylor and Cable and Gauge, which are reasonable if found on sale. I tend to avoid 100% cotton because they fade and lose their shape, but am allergic to wool, so I look for blends that hold their shape and color better and have a little stretch. And I baby mine--delicate cycle and flat to dry, always! And though I don't have too many fellow teachers at my school who share my obsession, it's good to know I'm not the only one!

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  32. I love brown cardigan! Especially budget friendly multiple options that create more fabulous fashion moments!

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  33. I wear cardigans daily. I have solids, florals prints and plaids. Sometimes I adore the cardi but am not fussy about the buttons. That's when I head to my favourite fabric shop to buy better buttons. I always try to find a great knitted tee or mock turtle neck to make it a twinset.

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  34. I am male and I have loads of cardigans and I wear them constantly. I have V, crew, funnel and cardigans with collars. All of them are 'button through', I'm not keen on the zipper type. Cardigans seem to have become a male item of clothing in recent years.

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  35. I just love button through cardis. I have loads and I wear them all the time

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  36. What about the famous Peterhahn crewneck classic cardigans? Nobody told about them here.

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  38. Cardigans can give u cozy feeling with style. I love to wear especially in cotton.

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  39. I had a couple of round neck plain aran cardigans with eight buttons down the front knitted for me recently by a local woolshop. They are lovely to wear, cosy and warm for the winter

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