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20 September 2015

I Don't Like Cardigans





Are there any particular styles or articles of clothing that you just really, really don't like? There are a few common things on my "never" list. Funnily enough, the post I wrote about how much I dislike yoga pants is the top-viewed post of all time on this blog. I have no idea why, but the onset of fall in the USA has inspired me to write about another article of clothing that I dislike.

Cardigans. Honestly, I can see more reason in wearing yoga pants than I can in wearing cardigans. Maybe it's my body type, but when I once tried on a cardigan in the past because someone forced me to...I felt like a miniature version of my grandpa. Maybe I have an overly strong association between cardigans and my beloved grandparents.

All I know is that when I see a cardigan, words like flair and rockin' and I'm so cool! don't come to my mind. I understand the need to stay warm, but for me, a denim jacket or a nicely fitted faux leather motorcycle jacket will always be the answer to that problem. When it's really freezing cold out, a cardigan isn't going to do you any good anyways, and a double-breasted wool coat or even an ultra-practical puffy wind-proof coat is completely understandable. I've lived in Michigan for a total of 16 years of my life--I understand the need for clothing that is suitable for chilly weather--but cardigans, I don't understand them at all. On me, anyways, they appear to cling and hang in the frumpiest, baggiest manner instead of providing any structure of their own, and who wants that?

It's not a big surprise, probably, that a woman who, well into her 20s, wears sparkly Converse and studded leather bracelets and belts with a lot of metal bling wouldn't really be the cardigan type. Maybe someday down the road, I'll wear a cardigan, and like it, and then I'll have to eat my words. I doubt it, but then again, I did start wearing skinny jeans after years of detesting them, so anything's possible.

Please don't feel hurt if you happen to love cardigans. They're just not for me. Some of my best friends wear cardigans. Among them, my aforementioned grandparents and my sister Lizzy (I've blogged before about how we're polar opposites when it comes to personal style). It takes all sorts of style to make the world go 'round...so I'll be mystified by the logic behind choosing a cardigan over a tailored jacket, and you can happily go on enjoying your own sense of style. For all I know, you don't think forks make cool earrings, so we're even when it comes to being confused by each other's fashion choices.

What styles do you experience strong aversions to?

(p.s. Remember how I said I frequently don't even carry my own purse? Apparently I can carry it normally for a whole 2 photos if it has strawberries all over it.)

35 comments :

  1. How adorable are you in this sporty chic look. The strawberry purse and red sneakers steal the spotlight. I love their combination with black+white stripes. I unlike you love cardigans. Even when I wear the big, cozy, grandpa cardigans I do not feel like a grandpa. I probably own over 50 cardigans, actually. Oops!

    Hope all is well Teacher Rachel. Nice catching up with you. <3 Ada.

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  2. Oh I love cardigans. I do agree that they aren't necessarily the most flattering thing to wear, but I wear them for the coziness factor. Your aversion to cardigans is how I feel about shorts. I HATE them. I think it's because I have such a hard time finding some that fit me, and then finding a pair that's flattering. So I wear a lot of jeans in the summer since most dresses are too short on me. Which means I stay inside a lot when it's hot :)

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  3. I prefer light jackets myself, though if it were just right, I could do with a cardigan. But overall, I'm not a fan.

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  4. I LOVE them! I just love how they are cozy. And I don't consider myself a "trendy" or "fashion forward" person at all...but I just love me a cardigan. Hahaha! I will say I don't like sneakers. I just don't feel like they ever match with my clothes.

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  5. I'm not a huge fan of cardigans because I think they can create shapelessness where there is shape. A well-fitting one is hard to find.

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  6. I dislike those semi long dresses. The ones that are short in from and long from behind. I don't get. But I do love cardigans:)

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  7. More cardigans for me to wear!! Just love them :)

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  8. You know, I just don't like cardigans because they are never warm enough. I can't wear anything by itself- I ALWAYS have a sweatshirt because I'm freezing

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  9. I can see how you might associate cardigans with grandparents! I used to wear them all the time but haven't as much lately. I do like having lighter sweaters though, because they come in handy a lot in Florida. It's really hot outside most of the time but when it cools off you usually only need something light. And having it in case the AC is really cold somewhere is helpful, too!

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  10. Oh gosh, I love a good cardigan! They're super preppy and classic though, so I can see how they wouldn't be for anyone that is a little more hip or trendy!

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  11. Aw, I love cardigans! Maybe you could try hip jewelry or a fun blouse underneath to avoid that grandpa feeling?

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  12. Oh girl, I love cardigans! I think for me it's because they're comfortable. I can wear one in the office or at church when it's a little chilly, but I am so much more comfortable than in a structured jacket. At the same time, though, I'm not wearing like a big sweatshirt or anything. Hmm... I definitely have a strong aversion to yoga pants/wearing leggings as pants. And I'm not a huge fan of the "boyfriend" trend but to each their own, I guess!

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  13. I totally giggled out loud reading this. And I LOVE cardigans! ;) I'm always so dang cold so those granny sweaters are my friend. But thanks for the laugh!

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  14. I agreed with Gema on the hi/lo dress hems and extremely high, hi heels. Love the black and white striped top your wearing, so cute on you! :)

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  15. I love cardigans but I agree that some aren't that flattering. If you can find one that fits your body right, they are great. I do love a good denim and leather jacket as well for the winter.

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  16. I love cardigans! As a librarian, I find them extremely useful for the generally cooler temps libraries need to help preserve collections (heat expands bindings and warps plastic, etc.). In fact, I'm wearing one right now while typing this! But it's ok that you don't like cardigans -- that means more for me! ;)

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  17. Amen! I don't know if it's because I have a long, thinner torso, but I can never find a cardigan that fits me right!

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  18. I don't love how they look, but I like the warmth they offer because I stay cold.

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  19. I think this post is awesome! I happen to love cardigans, but I think it's awesome that you're owning not liking them and just being yourself! thanks for sharing :)

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  20. I'm on the fence with cardigans! I like them but then I feel like they can also make an outfit look awkward.

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  21. I wear cardigans, but mostly fitted ones. Not big baggy ones. Also they suit my retro aesthetic.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  22. I'll admit that I have over 30 cardigans in my closet and they are my favorite. I have never met anyone that didn't like them!! Your outfit is very cute though and I couldn't pull of stripes like you. Should that be most? "I don't like wearing stripes, but they look great on everyone else." haha :)

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  23. Haha I can understand why you don't like them! I love them because they feel more cozy and comfortable to me than a more tailored jacket, but I agree they are typically not very flattering!

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  24. I definitely don't think cardigans are flattering, and because of that, I don't wear them. i'm definitely with you on this one!

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  25. I'm definitely in the "I would live in yoga pants if I were given such a choice" camp, hehe. I'm on the fence though about cardigans! I like em' some of the time (only the fitted ones) and only with certain articles of clothing.

    I detest maxi dresses and strapless anything. :P

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  26. I respect your clothing preferences...I despise those narrow turtle neck that is like medieval torture for your head which I never put my child through!!

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

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  27. I love your purse in these pictures! So cute! I totally love cardigans because I think they are so comfy, but I can definitely understand the angle that they don't keep you warm, especially once it's actually winter. The clothing item I hate the most... probably knee-length shorts. No matter what I do, I can't get them to look good on me, so I just end up wearing pants all summer.

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  28. SHAME!!! Haha :) I love cardigans. I own a bunch in all sizes and colors. They are my clothing jam.

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  29. I find this so hilarious because I LOVE cardigans so I read this with so much irony towards myself hahahaha

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  30. Skinny jeans! My legs need to breathe. All I have to do is look at a pair hanging on the rack at the store and I get claustrophobic!

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  31. I think I can *selectively* enjoy cardigans, provided they're just so in the cut, fabric, drape, color, thickness, etc., and very carefully styled...but yes, they do have a definite "grandparent" feel to them. I've always been a hoodie girl myself but my workplace doesn't allow hooded sweaters/jackets, so when the temperature dips, cardigans it is. Argh! I know, #firstworldproblems.

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  32. I wore a cardigan and yoga pants today hehe

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  33. Pretty! I keep seeing stripes and florals, and I gotta try it ... easy doses like you show here is a great suggestion for me!
    I'm so with you on cardigans. No matter how chic the knit or style, I just feel like that, on old ladies, they always make old ladies look like ...well ... old ladies wearing sweaters. And when young women go after the irony, you 'gotta go bold or go home. The irony must be obvious. You certainly can pull it off, but I completely get the vibe you mention. I see so many oldies like me slopping around in their sweaters ... I want to grab them for a quick makeover by pulling them into a nearby store and replacing the sweater with a leather jacket, even a lady like one, or a blazer of almost any kind! I could wind up in jail, but it might be worth it!

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  34. I love cardigans! :) I have quite a few actually as well as a faux leather motorcycle jacket and blue jean jacket. I like to switch it up.
    Thanks for sharing! #MMBH
    XOXO

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  35. Love this! I DO like cardigans, which is hilarious because my husband hates them... I did buy a faux motorcycle jacket at the end of last winter though and I'm kind of obsessed with it... and I love my converses... so maybe I'm edging in your style direction.

    Of course, I spent the last 4 years as a kindergarten teacher, so maybe I can blame the cardigan thing on that? I will reevaluate as the weather turns colder..

    ;)

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