Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Annika, Styled

A couple of days ago, Amy, a reader, asked us for our input in styling the Annika Cardigan for her. She already had the Caslon tiered ruffle cami in ivory, to wear as a base underneath it, but wasn't sure what to bottom might go best with it.

She said her lifestyle consisted of easy-peasy day-to-day life (Carol: ha!)  of taking care of two kids (There are many reasons I work a full-time is that it's easier, in some ways, than taking care of 2 kids, full-time...). The thing we'd have to say we found challenging about styling this cardigan for non-office attire is that it struck us as a rather "formal" piece, reminiscent of Chanel and Jackie O.

Carol again: We agreed, though, that while this sweater has a fairly structured, conservative feel, it was also much more versatile than at first glance, and super cute, besides!

So here are a few looks we came up with!

#1 - Styled with a floral skirt and sandals:

We thought this look would be successful with any number of other skirts too - pencils like Anthro's Diamond Flame Skirt or J. Crew's Embroidered Ikat Pencil Skirt, lending themselves to a slightly dressier look.  For a more whimsical/casual look, this sweater could be paired with a fuller skirt silhouette, as seen in the Field Scout Skirt, this L.A.M.B. voile skirt, or this Halogen tie-waist skirt.  We also loves the Flight Around the Garden Skirt with this sweater.

#2 - Styled with crops and wedges for summer:

This was our second take on the casual look for this sweater - khakis, cropped or long, nearly always get along with Navy-anythings.  Other great cropped pairings include the J. Crew Broken-in Boyfriend Chino and Anthro's Watertight Cargos, which create that fun contrast between structured top and relaxed bottom.   Anthropologie's Countless Steps Wide-Legs and J. Crew's Favorite-Fit Everyday Chinos are a great full-length pant option with this sweater.

#3 - Jackie O

Then, just for fun (and maybe church or a "ladies-who-lunch" event?) here's a take on the classic, lady-like look inspired by Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis and Chanel.  Hope this helps!


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  2. Thank you so much for all the great ideas! I love the Flight Around the Garden skirt, will have to try that on! I tried it today with the Rose is a Rose top, and liked that over a pair of ivory dressy shorts. Really appreciate the help!