December 21, 2012 - Easy Outfits, Style

Payday Pretty | BYOB – Cardigan Obsession

Hello, pretties and TGIF!  Welcome to week four of Build Your Outfit Basics.  If you’re new here, let me catch you up.  BYOB is a six week series built around my Five Wardrobe Basics for Real Moms.  Each week I feature one of my favorite outfit builders along with some affordable options to help you build or add onto your own wardrobe.

In week one, I featured dark wash skinny jeans.  Week two was all about fabulous, cute and comfy flats and week three featured one of my favorites, scarves.  This week I’ll be sharing my obsession with cardigans.

And yes, it is a full blown obsession.

It all started back in 1997 when twin sets were wildly popular.  Remember twin sets?  Picture it.  I was fresh out of college, MMMBop was on the radio, I was working my first office job and rocking my first ever twin set bought at Loft.  Ahh, those were the days…no, not really.  Anyway, my bright pink twin set got the heck worn out of it that year and for many years after.

Now I have a cardigan in every color of the rainbow and every weight from open weave to cashmere and wool.  My hubby and kids have accepted the fact that I carry one in my purse at all times.  Yes, just like a little old granny.  You wouldn’t believe how many times it’s come in handy.  Especially when it’s 103 degrees outside and the A/C is cranking in a restaurant.  Texan problems.

Now I hear tell that some of you have not discovered the greatness that is the cardigan.  And I understand that.  They can have somewhat of a granny or soccer mom connotation.  Hey, I’m not knocking either.  But if you haven’t tried them yet, then it’s time.  They are really versatile.  Trust me on this.  You can belt one to define your waist, layer one over a chambray shirt, throw one on top of a tank top, or basically wear one any way that you would wear a blazer.

A good way to ease into cardigans is to pick up a lightweight one in a solid color.  IMO, every girl should have a Madewell cardi.  They are the perfect weight, hold up really well and come in some great colors.  Here’s one of my favorites.

[Red Cardigan:  Madewell]

And lest I forget my twin set roots, LOFT is still a go-to fave when it comes to great cardigans.  OH and just in time for my post (thanks LOFT!), everything is 40% off online with the code GLAM.  Go on, get you some!

[Teal Cardigan:  LOFT – 40% off with code GLAM]

Here are some other options in solid colors.

I’m planning to add onto my collection this year with some fun prints.  Here are a few of my faves.

[Leopard Cardigan:  J. Crew Factory]

[Polka Dot Cardigan:  Urban Outfitters]

[Striped Cardigan:  LOFT – 40% off with code GLAM]

More Printed Faves

It’s Your Turn: Do you have a cardigan obsession or aversion? What’s your favorite way to pair up a cardi? Tell me in the comments!

Have you taken the Payday Pretty Challenge yet?

Sheaffer did, check out what she got HERE!

You can too.  All you have to do is take $20, $50 or $100 out of the weekly budget and do something pretty for yourself.  Then show me what you got!  Here are the ways you can enter:

1.  If you’re a blogger, write about Payday Pretty in a post and link back to me.

2.  Post a photo to the GYPO Facebook page showing me what you got.

3.  Tweet about the Payday Pretty Challenge Giveaway.

4.  Leave me a blog post comment telling me what you got.

Happy shopping and good luck!

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Week Three’s Payday Pretty Challenge winner is Peggy H.!

Congratulations Peggy!  Your $20 Target gift card is on it’s way.  I hope you do something pretty for yourself with it!

Holiday Blogging Schedule:  I’ll be cutting back on posting over the next two weeks in order to enjoy every moment of this season with my family.  Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013.

Stay pretty, my friends!


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  • Oh my word, Ican so relate to this post! Do I remember twinsets? Hello? I was obssesed withCameron Diaz’ twin sets in my Best friend’s wedding! Inlove cardigans but funny enough I don’t have a printed one yet. Maybe its’s time to remedy that!
    You and your family have a lovely Christmas Alisa!!!

    • * Alison!!!!!! :)))

    • PrettyOn

      Yes! She wore some great twin sets in that movie. I don’t own a printed one yet either, definitely on the “must have” list. Have a great weekend!

  • Monica

    Love cardigans! They are great and with a post baby body love the long, looser ones over too tight yoga pants 🙂 I found some great cardigans at New York and Co for $20 last week in store and online.

    • PrettyOn

      I never thought about pairing the longer ones with yoga pants but that’s a fantastic idea. Great comfy look. What a good deal at NY & Co. too.

  • I hear you on the cardigan obsession. They are so versatile! My favorite way to wear them is with a button up shirt with the sleeves cuffed. I would say my favorite one would be my leopard print or my red one from Target.

    Enjoy your time with your family, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Heather

  • CC

    I love cardigans! And I too will not leave the house without one – especially when it is hot outside. 🙂 I am currently searching for the perfect striped one.
    Merry Christmas!

  • CC

    Oh. And my payday pretty this week was two new pairs of tights! Navy and nude polka dotted. 🙂

  • Seriously an addiction of mine too! Cute choices!

  • I have a cardigan obsession and a blazer obsession too! Help me! Whoot- so happy to win PP!! Thank you!!

  • Hi Alison.

    I love all the cardigans featured here, especially the Leopard one, Stripped Beige one & Red one. A Woman can never have too many cardigans. =)

    Merry Christmas to you & your family, as well. I hope you have a great celebration. Thank you for all your kindness and support of my blog – I truly do appreciate it.

    Have a Great One, Ada. =)

  • this mom is ALL about the cardigan!! Love that last one. Happy holidays.

  • I have to say..I am not much of a cardigan girl..not really sure why?
    I do LOVE LOVE LOVE that leopard one from JCrew enough that I might have to pop over there and press purchase! Super cute and it would be a great basic with colored denim over black dresses etc.
    Hope you have the happiest of holidays spent with your beautiful family!

  • Sarah

    I loooove cardigans. It’s almost unhealthy. I wish I could get every print/color I see!

  • I need some shampoo and dog treats – so boring, i know!

  • I think I need that Loft cardy!

  • I am all about the cardigan. I live in them. I know it’s cliche since I’m a librarian, but libraries are COLD! And they’re so cute.

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  • Love this one as well – I’m a cardigan addict, but they are the most versatile thing in my closet!


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