I love the utility and versatility of a cardigan, especially as winter transitions to spring, and temperatures in a single day can vary so widely. I’m liking more bright colors—like this poppy number—lately, so there’s a lot of that here, but there are some good neutrals in the lineup as well.
I am currently quite tempted by this adorably preppy chic option from Kule.
I’m not 100% sure why I’m attracted to this one, but I think it’s that it’s got a 90s Kurt Cobain sweater fuzziness, but with a cropped shape so you could wear it with dresses.
This wool and cashmere blend has an ever-so-slightly slightly cropped shape that would pair well with higher-waisted jeans and trousers.
I know this short sleeve cardi is pricey for what it is, but I love a well-deployed use of houndstooth, and it’s not something you see nearly enough of.
Another short-sleeved choice in such a pretty blue that looks ultra-lightweight. I’d employ this to make certain sleeveless summer dresses I won’t wear anymore (upper arm issues) wearable again.
A colorblock sweater that couldn’t be a lot more fun, but is also still pretty chic.
Such a cute striped specimen, with a more-versatile-than-it-appears color combination.
The details—cable knit, polo collar—make this one standout.
This also comes black, which is certainly easier, but I’m digging the fuchsia.
Everything I’ve purchased from Kule I really love and wear often. I’ve been tempted by that cardigan for awhile so maybe now is the time to purchase for days when it isn’t in the 80’s.
KIM! I too had a moth invasion last year and just learned that even with assiduous cleaning (which I did) and throwing away of swiss-cheesed cashmere (I wept) and freezing of non-eaten knitwear to kill the eggs (my remaining cardigans still nestle aside my popsicles), they can return as many as two years in a row after the first infestation. Still! So wrap those expensive new sweaters UP, babe. Danger lurks!
Great post, Kim! I never get sick of this category. And they are fun to look at in these lovely colors.
These are all so cute and so many good ideas. May I just say that for those of us on a budget, I also found very pretty Shaker stitch cardis at Gap factory, even one with different colored sleeves (one lavender, one peach) and a cream body with tan edging.
Banana has nice ones, but the colors aren’t as nicely vivid as Kim’s choices.
oh, the colors of the COS cardigans—and the shape of the orange one in particular—are indeed nifty! i live in cardigans; my uniform is dresses with tights/leggings/boots/cardigans in winter and sandals/sneakers in summer. i mostly go for cotton (tho I have a couple in cashmere) because i hate anything even a little itchy.
and i know i’m unlikely to change minds here…but buds, just go sleeveless when you’re hot! no matter what your arms look like! 1. everyone is too busy sweating to give a crap about your batwings, and 2. mine are bigger, so if anyone’s looking to be a hater they’ll look to me instead of you. so please, be comfy!
Yes to sleevelessness! I work out almost daily and am around a lot of women my age who do pushups and tricep dips and all manner of upper arm and shoulder work, and unless we are purposefully flexing our muscles . . . you’d think we never lift more than a beer. But when the temps hit 90+ degrees in this Houston humidity you can bet I’m wearing as little as possible, batwings or no!
And speaking of heat (it’s 84 today) that short-sleeved houndstooth cardi would be perfect for this time of year.
I tend to agree – most other people are not as harsh as we are on ourselves. I can’t remember the last time I thought someone else’s body looked offputting at all. (I do critique outfits though.) I do sort of have issues with people who don’t wear long shirts over leggings, but this is never because of “the goods,” so to speak. I just don’t want to know that much! I feel the same way if the tush is tiny. However, I recognize, this battle has been looooost.
I love KULE so much! But in this instance I’m really glad their stuff doesn’t come in my size, because i would be noticeably poorer. Both of those KULE sweaters would be in my cart otherwise.
I love cardigans, and I love this post! The orange COS is fantastic; do click through to view it in cream and black, the shape is just so chic. These Kule cardies are right up my alley, as well. Alas, where I live, summer, and not spring, has sprung…well, not really alas, I like it here, but shopping wise, I end up taking a break around this time of year, when blogs feature enviably spring-y transitional styles.
i find i need a cardigan more in the summer than in the spring because everyone runs that AC way to cold for me.
Do find some equally stellar examples for women with giant racks so I don’t need to feel sad
Dude, I feel ya. Tailors are my best friends, even with knits.
https://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/cashmere-v-neck-cardigan-stone-green/sty-k0829-sgr. I just got this one and its a great fit. The stone green color is beautiful.
oh CUTE! love all three colors.
Love the ones by Kule. They’re simple yet still playful. And I’m wondering, what would happen if we all decided to show-off our upper arms, flapping joyfully in the breeze in our sleeveless dresses?
Yes! I’ve sometimes fantasized about having a Flab In. We Americans trip so much over weight, instead of just health. I’m sick of it. It is a blight upon us, it is not helpful in any way, and it would be great to put that energy into something else, like having fun.
Honestly, Mamavalveeta03, I fear for the person standing behind me. My arm flap is that ginormous. Also, (fellow Kule fan) make sure to sign up for the Kule warehouse sale notice. Last time I got two cardigans for about $140ish each.
Ooh thanks for that – just giving them my email is enough to get notification? I didn’t know about Kule until my very “kewl” daughter gave me a t shirt from them that says OY VEY. Couldn’t love it more, and now I covet everything they make.
Yes. And timing-wise, they tend to be at the end of the season. The last one was in January. Admission, I have a costly stripe addiction 🙂