But it's easy to get sucked into the idea that one should invest in a half-dozen party outfits...
My antidote: I bought a (used) beaded cardigan. These are readily available, at all price points, and are quite versatile. See some ideas below.
|Black cardigan – John Lewis, turquoise – Debenhams, black – John Lewis, curry – Vanessa Bruno, navy – CC, gray – Day Birger et Mikkelsen|
Cardigan – Steffen Schraut, earrings – Miriam Salat, tee shirt – Donna Karan, jeans – Levi’s, gray short boots – Acne, earrings – Alexis Bittar, tee shirt – James Perse, loafers – Vaneli, cords – NYDJ
|Cardigan – Steffen Schraut, earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane, turtleneck – Gucci, gray skirt – Michael Kors, pumps – Miu Miu, earrings – Kimberly McDonald, pink blouse – Acne, taupe pants – Stella McCartney, oxfords - BP|
Cardigan – Steffen Schraut, earrings – Forzieri, gray dress – Diane von Furstenberg, gray pumps – Calvin Klein, earrings – Alexis Bittar, taupe dress – Calvin Klein, bow pumps – Valentino
Some thoughts on buying vintage cardigans:
- Check every seam, especially around the arms, and down the sides, to ensure that there are no irreparable holes.
- Check the elbows for signs of wear.
- Make sure that you can easily and comfortably fasten the sweater - this is NOT the garment to wear in the currently fashionable shrunken look - it puts too much strain on the fabric.
- Is the thread holding the beads still in good shape, or is it beginning to rot? When it goes to pieces, it goes ALL AT ONCE...
- Are the beads intact, or are they starting to flake and tarnish? A little bit of patina can make a formerly too-garish sweater much more subdued and attractive, but you don't want to get one that's positively green and shedding little bits of bead everywhere.