Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Old School-Girl Cardigans

Source: The Lovernaut Shop on ebay
I've been wanting to blog about beaded cardigans since I did my tutorial on how to embroider and bead a cardigan. So here's a picture-heavy post packed with pretty little sweaters. Vintage shops are stuffed full of beaded cardigans from the '50s, '60s and '70s. There especially seems to be a wellspring of grandmotherly cream-colored cardigans, which look perfect layered over a vintage Mad Men-esque dress or skirt. Sometimes these cardigans can get way fugly though -- with their boxy shapes and matronly shoulder pads -- but there are also plenty of perfectly sweet finds out there. The trend these days is toward longer, slouchier cardigans that hit at the hip, but most of the old cardigans you'll find will nip in your waist and hit just below your bellybutton. Which is flattering in a different kind of way. A way that celebrates your curves -- or your rail thinness (if you're the girl below).

Source: Bleubird Vintage
Source: Circle Tx on Etsy
Source: Wear It Again Sam Vintage Clothing

Source: Cornehl on Etsy
Source: Love Charles on Etsy
Source: Cashmere cardigan with mink collar from Wear It Again Sam Vintage Clothing
Source: Fairseason on Etsy
Source: Etsy
This is cheating because it isn't really a cardigan and it isn't vintage but I wanted to include it anyway because I love it. Too bad it's $189. It looks like something Karen on Californication would wear. That's a good thing.
Source: Etsy
Source: Etsy
 A cardigan clip. So cool. I don't own one, but now I wish I did.
Source: cirrusskooter on Etsy
Maybe I'll just make one. Here's a tutorial on how to make the one below:


2 comments: said...

I think you should do your hair like the girl in the second pic! Really dark and with bangs!

Ellen Mallernee Barnes said...

She does have great hair!! I am just SO attached to long hair.

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