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.|
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.|
3) They are versatile.
|May I be you, cardi lady?|
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.|
5) They are universally flattering.
|Roz, looking fetching in a burgundy button-up|
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.
I just counted. I have 15 cardigans in the following colors:
Coral and white striped
This discovery has led me to my next question,
How much is too much?
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.