Where do you buy your cardigans?

(43 Posts)
NaiceSpam Tue 28-Aug-12 14:18:22

Ever since the whole “boyfriend cardigan” nonsense started, it seems impossible to buy a decent cardigan. I live in dresses, so anything long and unfitted completely ruins the silhouette. I want one that sits on the waist, is fitted, V neck, and has full sleeves. I know such a thing exists, because I own one. ONE. It is from Topshop, bought back in the good old days before everything was anti-fit.

Anyone else?

Everything seems to be either hip-length but unfitted like my mum wears (looking at you, Gap), or long and flappy/drapey. I’ve tried the likes of Karen Millen and Whistles, but even they seem to only do fitted little numbers with ¾ length sleeves. I suppose that’s a compromise I’m willing to make, but for those sorts of prices I want it to be perfect. And it is, y’know, a cardigan, and supposed to keep you warm... confused

TIA!

cybbo Tue 28-Aug-12 14:24:16

Uniqlo. I have about 12 of the buggers

YouHaveBeenOutbid Tue 28-Aug-12 15:50:42

Do you have a Dunnes anywhere near you? They tend to be quite good for that sort of thing.

gatheringlilac Tue 28-Aug-12 15:53:21

What's wrong with M and S and Brora? I'd have said that they were the obvious first place to shop, so I'm guessing you've discounted them on shape grounds?

gatheringlilac Tue 28-Aug-12 15:55:00

And we have two large TKMaxx shops near here, both stuffed to the gills with knitwear from everywhere. Is it worth looking in your local TKMaxx?

ArtexMonkey Tue 28-Aug-12 15:56:34

H&M

Mumelie Tue 28-Aug-12 15:57:46

I find that Boden (cropped cashmere) and Monsoon (for cotton summer ones) are the best for cardis to go with dresses. They tend to last a long time too.

PippiL Tue 28-Aug-12 16:00:50

Yes, h&m are a good shape. And plenty of colours. And price, obvs.

I don't like boden as the quality isn't great for the price, and they always go bobbly.

Off too look at uniqlo now.

HelloShitty Tue 28-Aug-12 16:02:12

I've just bought my second one of these. I too hunted bloomin everywhere to find what I wanted, and Boden came up with the goods.

eagerbeagle Tue 28-Aug-12 16:02:54

I got cracking ones at tescos for a tenner. Not v neck though Long sleeve cardi I got it in white and in a kind of vintage floral pattern which is out of stock now

They also do a cropped v neck one but it does have 3/4 sleeves cropped cardi.

mignonette Tue 28-Aug-12 16:03:59

Actually Laura Ashley is very good for fitted high percentage of cotton, non bagging cardigans in different styles and colours. They fit to the waist or just below and also stock longer line too. I do like them because the ones I bought last years...

BombusBombus Tue 28-Aug-12 16:06:25

Primark.

MissMilliment Tue 28-Aug-12 16:10:26

Yep, Primark. You have to be prepared to rummage through some tat, but I've got a few brilliant cardigans from there.

OrangeLily Tue 28-Aug-12 16:11:26

H&m are awful if you have bigger boobs as the buttons just sit underneath them.

My face is M&S and have one of their cards in about 4 colours for work. Comfy and long lasting.

I have several variations from White Stuff, but all fitted rather than waterfall-ey.

airedailleurs Tue 28-Aug-12 16:14:24

I got some cropped ones in different colours from George @ ASDA sale and Primark for about £5 each and a very nice one from Lands End (their sales are pretty good)

Annunziata Tue 28-Aug-12 16:15:32

Zara's are great.

OOH, sale on now actually
cardis

green cardis

not on sale but proper grown up

spotty

Actually they have about 100 of them.

MrsPear Tue 28-Aug-12 16:29:21

Despite the fact that i am 31 i buy mine from woolovers because the wool cardis are wool and the cotton ones are cotton not some artifical fabric. They wash at 30 degrees with the pink wash liquid. Good range of colours and styles. Just look carefully! The only think i would say is if like me you are very, very long armed, despite being 5'6", the sleeves just meet my wrist but otherwise the fit is good. I am a dress size 10 (34b chest) and wear size small in there fitted cardi's.

Viviennemary Tue 28-Aug-12 16:35:02

I've got two or three from Tu at Sainsbury's. A couple of M & S cotton ones. But it's hard getting a decent cardigan.

mirpuppet Tue 28-Aug-12 16:38:56

Uniqlo.

FunnyLittleFrog Tue 28-Aug-12 16:47:40

Zara £19.99 v neck and long sleeves.

NaiceSpam Tue 28-Aug-12 16:58:34

Thanks everyone!

I foreswore H&M yurrs ago because their stuff never seems to wear well. Might be worth venturing back though. Zara sounds v promising. Found some nice shrug-type jobbies in House of Fraser sale as well! Those ones rarely button and are usually short-sleeve, but at least tick the silhouette requirement.

WHY OH WHY can't I find another like my Topshop fave?! It is ribbed at the waist so hugs there, but loose over the boobs and buttons in the PERFECT place, slightly loose sleeves with ribbed cuffs... Should have bought ten of them! It's now very old and faded and has a hole in the shoulder. <sob>

mignonette Tue 28-Aug-12 17:01:09

Try Ebay. I know the style you mean and Laura Ashley has done them. Also keep eye out for this style in the less fashiony stores, some such as McKays, Bon Marche (believe it or not) M&S can stock really nice cardigans.

Also La Redoute has plenty of styles.

sugarice Tue 28-Aug-12 17:08:37

I love Sandwich cardigans which come in all style, Nougat and Out of Xile , a bit pricey the last one but lovely.

Pastabee Tue 28-Aug-12 17:13:56

John Lewis own are nice and come in lots of colours.

mignonette Tue 28-Aug-12 17:14:56

And Velvet. They can look like those old Voyage ones from the 90's.

TheCountessOlenska Tue 28-Aug-12 17:16:38

Agree with everyone who said Zara! And sometimes H&M

NaiceSpam Tue 28-Aug-12 17:16:55

Oooh, I've found some nice ones on Mango! What do you think?

mig I have had a saved search for months - it came up ONCE and I FUCKING missed it angry

Will check Laura Ashley!

Itsgottabebags Tue 28-Aug-12 18:48:20

Dotty P's. I did buy some cardigans from M and S a few years back (the type with satiny buttons and trim I think) and they washed really badly!

BikeRunSki Tue 28-Aug-12 19:28:54

Woolovers -like a poor person's Brora. Quality not so wonderful, but prices more realistic.

Pure

Benetton

wildfig Tue 28-Aug-12 20:56:37

Banana Republic has turned up a few really good cardigans for me. I always forget about it, then find the perfect fine silk knit/cashmere one. And they often have discount codes.

ComradeJing Tue 28-Aug-12 23:43:50

CAnt believe no one has mentioned brora yet!

cerealqueen Wed 29-Aug-12 00:03:18

Another one for woolovers!

seeker Wed 29-Aug-12 00:09:42

My cardigan loving dd buys hers from the men's section of charity shops. She has some fantastic ones- including cashmere- none of which cost more than £7.50!

almapudden Wed 29-Aug-12 00:15:00

H&M?

almapudden Wed 29-Aug-12 00:16:30

Actually, does anyone know whee to find longer-length fitted cardigans? I am 5'11" and the H&M fitted ones are way too short.

mirai Wed 29-Aug-12 04:16:36

Another vote for uniqlo smile

LaTrucha Wed 29-Aug-12 07:29:43

Woolovers looks great!

ImpossiblyGlossy Wed 29-Aug-12 07:31:21

For work? Boden. Look more £

FamiliesShareGerms Wed 29-Aug-12 07:35:43

Another vote for Uniqlo

NaiceSpam Wed 29-Aug-12 09:59:25

Hmm! I logged on pissed as a fart a little tired and emotional last night, and followed the Woolovers advice (after falling in love with Brora and then nearly fainting when I spotted the prices) and um accidentally bought two cardigans for £20 each. SOMEBODY here owes me forty quid... <glares around>

<pretty sure that's how S&B works>

grin

DizzyBeeisSchoolShoeShopping Wed 29-Aug-12 10:04:45

New Look - but buy a smaller size! They are big.

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