“How do you know which style to buy? What makes one garment a better choice than another similar one? Why do you choose one fabric over another?” Your comments and questions give me reason and inspiration to keep blogging to share what I’ve learned. Thank you so much for taking the time to correspond.
Please keep reading to learn why I purchased the cardigan in the featured photos. As I told you in the earlier post here, I have been looking for a better quality in this style to replace a similar one that I’ve had for a few years.
Since the cardigan I’m wearing is almost sold out, I searched for additional similar ones. Here – here – and here are more cardigans. Similar examples of the other items follow Jeans – Shell – Booties – Bag – Scarf and I shared a video here to show you how I tied the scarf. Shopping links may allow me to earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
I’ll share how I make decisions when buying something new. Let’s discuss a casual top since that’s what we seem to be wearing often these days. The cashmere hoodie top below caught my eye, so I will share my thought process as I consider making a purchase.
It’s best to start on a positive note so let’s discuss the green arrows first. I include some points that make me take a serious look and consider buying. In addition, this exercise may help you adjust this process to suit your shape and needs the next time you go shopping.
The Green Arrows
1. The white ties create a vertical line and break the expanse of the bust. My top half is two sizes larger than my bottom half, so I prefer to wear things on the top that visually minimize or at the least neutralize that fact. Cashmere is my first choice in knitwear since it does not add bulk like other knits or fleece. Merino wool is my second favorite option for timeless knitwear.
2. The subtle striped pattern reads* as gray from a distance. (*When you look at a print from eight feet away, the color you see first is dominant.) Cool tones of gray go well with my hair and most of the garments in my wardrobe.
3. The top length lands at mid-behind or a few inches below the tummy. This is the perfect length for short legs since none of the leg length is covered. When the top lands below the belly, it is more flattering if it flows rather than grabs. If you stop here, you might think this top is in my shopping cart, so keep reading to learn the deal breakers for me.
The Red Arrows
1. If you have a short neck or a fleshy face, a hoodie is not a wise choice since it can close up the neckline too much and make you look as if you are drowning.
2. Drop shoulders make me look frumpy since they “point” to the bust and make me look as if I am slumping.
3. Sleeves that are too long and puff at or below the elbow bring attention to the hips and tummy, making them look wider.
Instead of the hoodie, I purchased the cardigan found here. The cardigan is also cashmere, so it isn’t bulky but warm and soft. The v-neckline and button front flatters and diminishes my width. The mid-bottom length is the perfect choice for me. Note that the shoulder seams point to the face instead of the bust.
The cardigan is also a classic shape, color, and fabric that I will enjoy for years to come. The color goes with everything I own. Since cashmere is so flexible, I can envision myself wearing this cardigan with a simple dress and sandals even in the summer. Push up the sleeves and leave it unbuttoned for a lovely summer coverup when the air conditioning is a bit too much.
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