My name is Dorky and I love black cardigans.
If Coco Chanel counsels that we should remove one item of jewellery before we leave the house, lest we seem overdressed, Dorky Medievalist counsels that we should slip into a black cardigan before we leave the house, lest we seem underdressed.
(What? It’s not weird that I speak of myself in the third person. It is, after all, only a persona.)
Black cardigans are the foundation and the signature of many of my outfits.
Here is a tour of a few that I am currently rocking:
This has a matching shell and skirt, which I wore for the second day of my interview for my current job. The model might be wearing it better than I but would you trust her to teach you Middle English or make you a sandwich?
( Hint: your answer should be “No.”)
Edgy Modernist in my department has the same twin set. I would be lying if I said this didn’t make me feel just a little bit more awesome.
Black Cardigan: Comrags
Black Shell: Comrags
The Casual Acquaintance
Perfect three-quarter sleeves, cotton jersey and casual snaps.
Snap indeed. Black cardigan, you complete me.
Black Cardigan: Cotton Ginny (from A-Dubs)
Graphic Tee: We walk
This was the first thing I ever bought from J. Crew, now in Canada.
It pilled immediately after the first wearing; I’m underwhelmed, Jenna, underwhelmed.
Black Cardigan: J. Crew
Brown Tank: Jacob
The Twin Cherries
And I’m not talking about my boobs. You didn’t know I was also a hipster, did you?
Black Cardigan: Rock Steady
Grey-and-Black T-shirt: Gap
This is a cashmere blend and cable-y.
It is neither style-y nor shapely but someone always remarks on how great this sweater is.
They are right.
Black Cardigan: Park Vogel
Top: Calvin Klein
The New Friend
A colleague of mine gave me this and she always notes how much she likes how I wear it when I wear it.
Black cardigans can make you friends.
Black Cardigan: Banana Republic, swapped
Turtleneck: Park Vogel
The Dark Horse
Or not-as-dark horse. Baby steps, StyleNation, baby steps.
Grey Cardigan: Club Monaco
Pink Sweater: Banana Republic
Are you so freakishly loyal to a single item of clothing that you keep buying versions of it over and over again?
Black cardigans are awesome, right?