My (semi-embarrassing) Cardigan Collection

As part of my new series where I chronicle my collections (some might call this an excuse to be a hoarder- I say I’m just good at carefully curating themed belongings), I wanted to showcase my extensive cardigan collection.

Now, cardigans are my jam. I love me a good button up sweater in a variety of colors and lengths and weights- and some have accused me of dressing like a grandmother, but I’ll have you know that both of my grandmothers are far too fashionable to resort to the type of cardigans I typically wear.

That’s right, I embrace my librarian-granny-nerd gear, and here it is in its full glory:

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Clearly with such a versatile item, I MUST own one in every color, length, level of dressiness and if I really love it, multiples of each category. And you should know, while this is the majority of my collection, it isn’t my complete collection because you can only have 10 images in the gif creator.

What is part of your everyday uniform? Got any suggestions on where to get a polka-dot patterned cardi? Feeling like a bit of an enabler yet?

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Winter Blues

My friends, it is COLD in Portland lately. Now, I know that some of you live in places that have a real winter and experience snow and in general have actual complaints about weather, but to this temperate-weather native the coldness of Portland has seeped into my bones.

But! I’m also getting a little tired of  my well-worn wardrobe of sweaters and nondescript, bulky coats. That’s why I’ve taken to wearing my sundresses again, in celebration of the sun breaks we’ve been experiencing in Portland, despite the chill.

Wearing a sundress in the middle of winter

Here are my rules for wearing sundresses in winter:

  1. Don’t really pay attention to fashion rules. I’ve never really believed in banning white after labor day. I’m a big fan of the “Canadian Tuxedo” by pairing my chambray shirt and jeans. And I wear clothing when it is generally thought to be out of season! That brings me to my next point….
  2. Layer. Like a maniac. Put on  your tights. Layer a cute slip or skirt underneath. Put on socks, grab a cardigan and rock a scarf. It might feel summery to wear a sundress, but that won’t make the frigid temperatures any less chilly.
  3. Pair dark and neutral colors with the dress. This will add more of a wintery palette, don’t you think?
  4. Play with texture. Thick wools with thin cotton- comfy and interesting! Stretchy tights with leather boots? Oh yeah.

That’s about it! I really cannot emphasize the bundling up enough- no one wants a little matchstick girl frozen on their stoop, no matter how cute the outfit.

Stay warm, my friends.

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P.S. how cute is my stoop? I love my house.