27 excellent cardigans

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I love a good cardi this time of year, because they’re so easy to layer with, and can be dressed up or down, depending on the sweater in question and your mood. I’d wear this boxy wool number with a scoopneck white tee.

 

Everlane’s cropped alpaca sweater is a great buy, and I’m very tempted to go for it.

Here’s a grey sweater from Madewell that’s so classic you could wear it with just about anything.

This recycled cashmere sweater comes in a few good colors, but I’m partial to this deep navy.

I’m not usually just crazy for a shawl collar, but I really like it here.

Here’s a wool and cashmere number that’s just a really good buy.

The pops of color on this cashmere sweater from Kule are so fun, yet there’s something really sophisticated about it too.

This ribbed skinny cardigan would be aces with a flowy skirt.

I like the big front patch pockets on this alpaca sweater.

A very luxe cashmere option from Jenny Kayne that gets all the little details exactly right.

A poppy orange cardigan like this is just the type of item we all need in our closets when winter doldrums really set in.

The color combination on this striped cashmere sweater is just so excellently happy. I really might have to buy it.

A brushed wool sweater that feels very grunge-era to me.

For those of you who like a longer cardigan, here’s a good open-front cashmere option.

This ribbed cashmere cardi is satisfyingly chunky, but not the least bit bulky.

 

Isn’t this Play Comme des Garcons sweater just so sweet?

I think this simple ring-neck cardi would be good to layer over dresses, and comes in a number of good colors.

An appealingly rustic Fair Isle option.

I like the side-buttons, cool blue-ish grey, and graceful draping on this Universal Standard sweater.

I’d fasten this big yellow sweater with an oversized safety pin like this.

This well-priced sweater looks really cozy.

I like the multicolored yarn deployed to make this chunky option. I also like that it looks hand-knit.

I also really want this wool and alpaca number: the army green is so good, and versatile.

The detailing at the collar and wrists of this A.P.C. sweater is a really nice touch.

A big, long Isabel Marant Etoile sweater that’s nicely marked down.

And finally: how desperately cozy does this look?

 

Everyone needs a Serious Black Dress

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Forget the notion of the Little Black Dress—that’s for the kids. What I’ve got on my mind on these days is an S.B.D.—one that’s chic, grown-up, and very definitely sophisticated. Like this gorgeous heavy wool twill number, which I could see wearing to a holiday party, or to the office (if I went to one), with a cashmere cardigan.

Click through and check out the silhouette in profile of this lovely crepe dress from Vince—it’s really good.

A satisfyingly flowy dress from Rachel Comey that’s nicely feminine but still un-fussy.

I like the A-line shape of this mock neck dress—so comfortable and relaxed.

And I’m a fan of the elegant neckline here too.

A cute little sweater dress with an appealing bateau neckline.

The drapey neckline here is pretty choice too.

This has something of a restrained caftan shape, which I like, and it’s from Universal Standard, so it comes in a zillion sizes.

Such pretty draping here.

I’ve shown you this va va voomy Veronica Beard dress before, but now it’s available in sizes up to 24, which is great.

I don’t usually go for a turtleneck or a fishtail hem, but I like both of them here.

A ribbed turtleneck sweaterdress that’d be great with a pair of really statement-y earrings.

I’m a big fan of the cowl neck and dolman sleeves here, and the fact that this dress comes off both retroish and modern.

I own and love several Maria Cornejo jersey dresses, and very much like the flattering center ruching here.

This would be very good for one of those work-to-cocktail-party situations.

Another cozy sweaterdress—I’d wear it with big black knee-high boots and tights.

 

A slightly metallic wrap dress that’d be perfect for a party.

The sleeves here are very flattering, and I think the ruching adds a nice bit of interest.

This is tight up top and more flowy in the skirt, which makes it eminently wearable.

A drop-dead (and splurgy) party dress for when you’re looking to make a big impression.

This slightly deconstructed shirtdress looks both comfortable and polished.

This Isabel Marant dress is pricey even marked down (which it is) but I dig the tonal print.

And finally: a well-priced and sweetly sexy velvet option.

 

The 30 best sales to check out this Cyber Monday

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Most of these sales end at midnight, so do not delay! Let’s start out at Equipment, where everything is 30% off. You can’t lose with one of their Signature Silk Shirts.

If you’ve got a teenager on your holiday shopping list, you might want to head over to Ban.do, where tons of bright and cheery items are 30% off. I’m quite partial to this leopard print pullover.

Everything on the Current Elliott site is 30% off; I’m quite tempted by their confidant pant, which has a nice trouser-ish cut.

Brazilian brand FARM rio is offering 30% off their fall collection and 60% off summer pieces. This rainbow puffer couldn’t be a whole lot cuter.

Everything at lingerie e-tailer Figleaves is 30% off. I think this lace plunge bra is awfully pretty.

Over at Madewell, everything is 30% off, and I’m quite tempted by these shearling-lined clogs.

French brand Maje is offering 30% off fall-winter styles. How chic is this cropped leather jacket with a shearling collar? When I talk about wearing a shrunken leather jacket with dresses, this is the kind of jacket I’m talking about.

Jewelry brand Monica Vinader is offering 30% off everything, including this stunning diamond pendant.

Outdoor voices  is offering 25% off sitewide. I think these sweatpants look more polished than most—almost like streetwear.

Reformation is the land of pretty, femme-y dresses, and they’re offering 30% off everything. But I’m intrigued by the Patagonia items they’ve got on the site, including this Micro Puff jacket.

Solid & Striped is my favorite swimwear brand, and they’re offering 25% off everything. I might go for this streamlined tank suit.

At everyone’s favorite shapewear brand Spanx, everything is 20% off. I think this bodysuit is pretty sexy, especially for shapewear.

Splendid is an excellent resource for tees, and today, everything is 40% off. This long-sleeved number is a perfect layer for this time of year.

At Toms, everything is 30% off, and these fleece-lined slip-ons look deeply comfortable.

I get all my sheets from Brooklinen, where everything is 20% off. But I also like this throw, which comes in a few good colors.

Beauty site Dermstore is offering up to 30% off on select items, including this super-powerful (read: really fast) Harry Josh blowdryer.

Everything at Glossier is  20% off, so it’s a good time to stock up on some of their classics, like the super-popular Boy Brow.

Home site Schoolhouse is offering 15% off—I really like the print on this cool coverlet.

Allsaints is doing 30% off sitewide, making this an excellent moment to nab one of their leather jackets.

Superga is offering 35% off; I like this black canvas sneaker with a nice platform sole.

Sustainable clothing brand Amour Vert is offering 20% off. I think this spacedye sweater looks like it could be Missoni.

Shopbop is doing one of those the more you spend the more you save deals, which means big discounts on a lot of items that don’t usually go on sale. This leopard print sweatshirt is just the kind of item that’s perfect for wintertime lounging.

Frame has a ton of good denim (and is offering 25% off of everything) but I’m most excited by the idea of acquiring this excellent pale pink blazer, which I showed you not long ago.

Everything at Ray-Ban is 30% off, so why not get yourself a pair of aviators?

I like the easy separates at Sundry, where everything is 25% off, and think this star print sweatshirt is especially cute.

Everything at Sol de Janeiro is 25% off, so I stocked up on their Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, which smells like a dream and absorbs almost instantly.

Everything is 25% off at footwear brand Dear Frances; I think this lace-up boot is about as sophisticated as I’ve ever seen a lace-up boot be.

Gap is offering a whopping 50% off site-wide; I think this plaid jacket looks like it could be Isabel Marant.

Knitwear brand Naadaam is offering 30% off selected styles, including this nicely substantial cashmere crewneck.

And finally, at Tata Harper, the more you spend the more you save. I’m a new convert to this gentle-but-powerful Resurfacing Mask, which imparts an unstoppable glow.

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