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cardigans and /or alternatives to cardigans

(24 Posts)
HarveySpectre Wed 01-Jul-15 19:02:15

i used to love cardigans. But now im a bit older and frumpy, they seem to accentuate that

any bright ideas. Im a fashion/style numpty and dont have any disposable time for trawling the shops

i like the look of a denim jacket over a dress for example. But need something cooler for the summer. And something smarter for work. And something not denim to wear with jeans!!


redredread Wed 01-Jul-15 19:34:31

Bumping for you

smugmumofboys Wed 01-Jul-15 19:48:38

have this and the same one in navy and white stripes. 65% cotton so quite cool and the stripey on has had lots of compliments. People have been surprised it was only £22.99.

smugmumofboys Wed 01-Jul-15 19:49:02

Sorry about typos.

andadietcoke Wed 01-Jul-15 19:52:30

I have a lovely jersey blazer from Joules that I wear to avoid double denim. It can look dressy (I wore it to a job interview last week) but can also look very casual as soft and relatively unstructured.

HarveySpectre Wed 01-Jul-15 20:01:12

thanks for the bump redred
and thanks smug and and i really like that newlook jacket..ill look at joules now too

HarveySpectre Wed 01-Jul-15 20:04:17

oh no! they havent got any of the new look jackets in my size

smugmumofboys Wed 01-Jul-15 20:18:13

What size if that's not a rude question?

littlesupersparks Wed 01-Jul-15 20:23:40

I wear a denim shirt over everything :-)

HarveySpectre Wed 01-Jul-15 20:34:11


stripytees Wed 01-Jul-15 21:47:58

Linen jackets are a great option for summer too.

MegMogandOwlToo Wed 01-Jul-15 21:53:49

The new look Blazers come up large - I have that one in coral and had to size down

GilbertBlytheWouldGetIt Wed 01-Jul-15 21:56:22

I've started wearing a checked shirt over jeans and t shirt. It looks very grungy, I like it.

this kind of thing

Sleepyfergus Wed 01-Jul-15 21:58:09

Try H&M so similar soft structured blazers. I have 3 (navy, pale grey, black) I use a lot and they were only £25 each. Can be smart or casual.

JaceLancs Wed 01-Jul-15 22:43:41

I wear linen shirts as jackets
At moment I have white, pale blue, navy, Aqua, a pinky lilac and a peach colour
That and denim shirts in various colours work best for my shape and style

Twinklestar2 Thu 02-Jul-15 09:35:12

I wear blazers. Try Primark. I actually got a lovely dotty Primark one off ebay.

smugmumofboys Thu 02-Jul-15 11:32:58

Sorry. Was up late sewing and then only just logged on. I'd agree with whoever said they come up large. Try the 14.

HarveySpectre Thu 02-Jul-15 11:54:12

Up late sewing?

Life on the edge huh?!


Petal02 Thu 02-Jul-15 12:36:49

I agree with the poster who suggested cardigans can accentuate age and frumpiness. I'd love to find an alternative to cardigans that I could wear in the office, I could never sit at my desk in a jacket, we're quite a casual office, but sometimes you need an extra layer.

Twinklestar2 Thu 02-Jul-15 12:39:30

Petal you can get casual blazers

smugmumofboys Thu 02-Jul-15 12:47:16

Costume for DS2's end of year 6 production.

He has rather exacting standards, shall we say. You'd think he was performing on Broadway!

Bananasandchocolatecustard Thu 02-Jul-15 23:50:13

I was not impressed by the New Look blazer, it is really thin and floppy.

missmoon Fri 03-Jul-15 08:45:21

I have a couple of these cotton jackets/ blazers from Jigsaw, great quality and still in excellent shape after four years. They are pricier at £49 but go with everything:

Floisme Fri 03-Jul-15 08:53:43

Sorry but I will not tolerate mindless cardigan abuse.

I love a round neck, fitted, buttoneed up cardi with a full 50s skirt.
Or a cropped one, unbuttoned over a dress.
Or a long one (and I mean long, not thigh length) with skinnies.

<Standing up for cardigans>

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