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The One Clothing Item I Can’t Live Without

You’d think this would be something logical, like underwear or socks. And sure, those are necessities. That’s a given – that should be a necessity for everyone. (I hope.) But really, there’s one item that I reach for daily. It completes so many outfits. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many I own (cough cough like thirty) My friends, I have an addiction to cardigans. infinity scarf and gray cardigan transitional winter outfit

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Articles of Society Jeans // Gap Cardigan (similar, similar) // Coach Wristlet (similar) // Old Navy Scarf (sold out – similar, similar) // Old Navy Tee (similar) // T.J.Maxx Booties (similar)

Why cardigans should be a large percentage of your wardrobe:

One. They keep you warm. I know, that’s a given. The main purpose, many would say. You never know the temperature of where you might be. Movie Theater? School? Restaurant? All are likely to be a little bit chilly. A cardigan is the easiest way to battle that.

Two. Coverup that unwanted visual you’re so hoping to hide. Look, we all get it. We all have it. Sometimes, a bra just doesn’t lay right on your back. Or those jeans refuse to sit perfectly on your hips. But you want to wear that shirt so badly, or maybe those are your favorite pair of jeans. How do you protect your comfort (and self-confidence)? You throw on a loose cardigan.

Three. Dress it up. I’m a big fan of simple Hanes v-neck tee shirts (like this 3 for $15 pack!). I have them in multiple colors. When I just don’t feel like putting effort into an outfit, they are automatically the shirts I grab. But sometimes, a basic tee isn’t quite dressy enough for the occasion. Or I want to look a bit more like an adult and not a freshman in high school. Add a cardigan and it’s like an elegance!

Four. You just can’t figure out how to make your shirt and your shoes and your scarf work together. Neutral cardigans are so great at combining colors in an outfit. My beige, navy, and gray cardigans get more use than any other cardigans I own. There’s also times when you wear something with a bit too much color, and you want to focus on just one of the many. Add on that color of cardigan and it’ll automatically be the color that eyes are drawn to.

Five. They can accommodate for year-round wear. There isn’t a season that I don’t wear cardigans. Summertime? When the sun goes down, they are perfect to battle that cool night air. Winter? The more layers the better. They are an investment in which you certainly get your money’s worth.

So yes, I have a slight obsession. I’m not ashamed (maybe a little). But really, they are worth it. I can justify having them consume half of my hanging clothes, and I can reason through making them the easiest to reach. Do you agree?

(For what to seek when searching for colder-weather cardigans, check out this post!

Cardigans under $50 for all types of styles: 

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  • Christina S

    Who doesnt love a good cardi! I have a ton at work to keep me warm!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

    • Thanks Christina, they are perfect for that!:)

  • I only have a few cardigans in neutral colors, but I agree they are great for throwing in a bag or bringing to work in case it gets chilly. I feel like a need some more now!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

    • I definitely didn’t realize how many I had or how often I wear them until I started taking pictures of my outfits:) Thanks for stopping by, Laura!:)

  • I have a closet solely devoted to cardigans. Granted my main clothes closet is so pitifully small and poorly designed that I had to put them somewhere…but yep, a whole closet just for cardigans!

    • Maybe it’s a teacher thing:) Glad I’m not alone!

  • Beautiful cardigan, I love mine. Layering is my go to look, definitely.

    Rachel xo

    http://garaytreasures.com

  • I love cardigans too. As a layering piece, they can give depth and dimension to a look.
    Love this one!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  • Cardigans are life! They make the perfect completed piece. I’m so used to wearing one that I feel lost and unsure when I’m not wearing a jacket of cardigan 😂

    • haha yes they are! I’m so with you there, it’s like the final touch or a cake without icing:)

  • Darcy

    Cardigans are such a staple piece! They go with everything!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

    • Yes they do! Thanks for stopping by, Darcy!

  • These photos are gorgeous Emily! And I totally agree about how a cardigan can bring a whole look together–I think this outfit is a great example of that, that cardigan really makes the outfit look complete. I love cardigans too and just bought a new coral-colored one for spring, yay! 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m a fan of my photographer:) Ahhh coral colored cardigans are wonderful!! I think I (accidentally) add a new one to my collection every year. I just love coral in spring!

  • I totally agree about this post! I think a jacket or sweater over jeans & a tee looks great & amps up any outfit!

    http://www.michellespaige.com

    • Me too, I’m a big fan of that kind of simple outfit! Thank you for stopping by, Michelle!

  • They really are the perfect layering piece for any look, casual to dressy!
    -Ana Luiza
    Northwest Blonde

  • I agree they are great for spring, for year round and can amp up a layered look too. Pretty!

    Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday

    jess xx

    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  • I wear my cardigans for the exact same reason and have invested in a lot of them lately. I love your cardigan and scarf, cute.
    Thanks for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up.
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com