In southern Cal there’s a weather pattern called June gloom. It refers to a marine layer resulting in chilly, overcast mornings that warm into sunny afternoons, followed by cool evenings. I suspect this weather condition is a big reason why I am such a cardigan fanatic. The cardigan is a true fashion best friend…it helps you layer your way through climate transitions, it helps you hide certain body parts for days you feel particularly bloated, and heck, it turnedÂ Mr. Rogers into a sweater-wearing icon!
If experience –or Coco Chanel–has taugh me anything, it is that next to the little black dress (LBD), every woman should have a black cardigan in her closet. I find it to be a true go-to item year-round. Over time, I’ve learned to invest in well-made cardis of various weights to accommodate all occasions. So whereas choosing a LBD is like planning for a first date, selecting a good black cardigan is more like…estate planning– it’s all aboutÂ finding the right tools for now, and later.
Test Item: Chanel 10P black cotton cardigan with gold-chain-embedded-in-tweed trims. This FIMTSO would have been a lot easier had I featured one of my plain black cardigans instead, but what fun is that?Â In fact, let’s raise the stake a little.Â For this cardi with the extra wattage, let’s see how I would work it if I had to use it in 3 looks for 48 consecutive hours, from Friday through Saturday.
Day: For the office on Friday morning I would pair it with a black Prada skirt and light tan Theory cotton shirt. These Chanel peep-toe hidden platform pumps are my shoe version of the mullet….business in the pump, party in the peep-toe.
Night: Let’s say after work I head for drinks and dinner at a benefit function. I’d do something silkier on top–in this case a Chanel silk/lace camisole from the 05P collection–and lacy on the bottom, a vintage YSL slim skirt. And just for giggles, I’m wearing dark gold Prada croc slingbacks with this outfit. Did I already say that black is awfully hard to photograph?
Weekend: So by now we are into Saturday, which means I’m wearing this cardi over a pair of jeans and JCrew white V-neck t-shirt. The snakeskin sandals are from the Tom Ford era. I could probably discuss the shoes from this one season, or Tom Ford for that matter, for 3 hours nonstop if you let me…so don’t. I’ll show some close-up pics instead!
OK, so selecting a black cardigan is A LOT more fun than estate planning :-D.