Wednesday, July 1, 2009

J Crew Striped Ringspun Cardigan

Wow, what a couple of crazy days. And I am sitting here, just waiting to go to bed, but it is absolutely pouring outside - and I have to take Lucy out before I go to sleep...so here we are at the computer. At least she chills during thunderstorms and doesn't get all freaky, as I know many doggies do.

So we drove back from the Lake on Monday (thank you hubby for doing most of the driving and thank you kiddies & puppy for being so so so good). And then less than 48 hours, I hopped in the car again with the kiddies & puppy to come down to the River today. The Lake was my grandparents' summer house (trust me, not in the least bit winterized), and the River is where my parents live most of the time. This is where we visited on Spring Break. I am much more relaxed...mainly because my crazy home-stay is over and we are here. I had 9 loads of laundry to do - not that I'm complaining because I got to do them at my own house. I had a dentist appointment in the morning yesterday to get those last 2 fillings replaced and M's 9-year check up in the afternoon. All while getting the laundry done and trying to ready us for the river. I packed all 4 of us (pooch included) this morning - but we are here so often, esp in the summer, that packing is easy.

To top off the craziness, hubby ordered a new laptop for me since my old one was going insane. So I am trying to get used to that, and it may be a few days before I am posting pics again, so bear with me. Or take a break. Whatever works for you! But here is my Polyvore for today:


Ok, enough chatter, let's get to the J Crew Striped Ringspun Cotton Cardian (#16283,$55). I first posted pics here, when I was in the "throw everything on with today's shorts" mode, just to get pics for the blog. But today I actually work it for real. Gigi reviewed it here and was not a fan. And, judging by the comments, a lot of you are not fans. I think you need height to work this. If you are shorter, the stripes can be overwhelming. I love this cardigan. And I actually paid full price for it. As I said before, I love the weight of it. I got an M so that it would fit slim, but not too tight - I think getting the right fit on this cardi is essential. I wore it at the Lake with jeans and a tee, and with my ATL tiered skirt and a tank. Liked both of them...not that I took pics (yeah, I was a slacker, but I *was* on vacation).

So since I was going to the dentist, where the office can be a bit chilly, I wanted an extra layer, so it was a perfect day to wear the cardi with white jeans and a tank. Looking at the pics, I think I like it a better with darker jeans, since the last stripe is white and it kinda blends in with the white jeans. Or maybe with a dark tank underneath. But I wore the gray stretch beaded bracelet that I got at the Danbury B&M ($14.99 on sale, yay) and it was perfect with my gray patent ballet flats.

Polyvore from yesterday:

Ok...weigh in on the cardi...

27 comments:

sparrowsandsparkles said...

I iike it! great layering piece. Glad you are having such a fun and busy summer!

gigiofca said...

Congrats on your new laptop!

And of course you are rocking the cardi! Nice.

The Outfit of the day said...

I love the strips.
You always look very polish!

dinagideon said...

Hi! I love it on you, and because I am tall, too, I love it on me. :) And we didn't even purchase this cardi at the same time...

I will give you a ring today. I was a bit busy when you called yesterday. I REALLY want to catch up!

Zoë Moët said...

It does look very nice on you, I think height makes all the difference!

AnneG said...

I posted on Gigi's blog about this but to repeat -- I LOVE this cardi! I also picked up the Silver/White version and maybe love that more! I am not as tall as you, Heidi, (just 5'7ish) and certainly passed this by in the store everal times thinking the stripes would never fly, but I gave it a whirl finally and it really worked! I sized down to a Medium, as well, and love that it is slim fit. It is such a versatile piece. I am wearing the Navy/White today with British Khaki Bermuda shorts and a tank underneath. Love, love, love. I really think it's a perfect piece for summer (indoor A/C everywhere you go in the DC area can get chilly) and even into the fall, I can see this working well as a third piece. I encourage those of you who are scared of the stripes, to just go try on and see how you like it. Thanks for the post, Heidi, and you look great in all your TALL loveliness! Enjoy the river!!

GingerSnap said...

I think you look lovely in this striped sweater! I think you have the height to pull this off :) I love your polyvore set too - I especially love the bracelet!

Drewablank said...

Hey! So glad to hear you're not so stressed out! :)

Today I have on a derivative of the striped cardigan - a shrunken gray and white striped cashmere cardigan from The Limited. I had nearly forgotten I had this in my closet! I'm glad I've rediscovered it and was actually contemplating getting the ringspun cardigan in gray. But with all the non-love by non-tall people, I'm having second thoughts. (Although, it DID look great on Gigi, no matter what she says.) I should probably try it in IRL. *sigh*

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, HeidiG! *hugs*

Patina Cabachon said...

Heidi thanks for posting IRL pics of the cardigan. It looks so good on you. I haven't tried it on yet but I think it would look great with my grey ruffle hem dress. I also love it on you with white so I may try it with white pants and my new favorite bf tee to break up the nurse's uniform feel of wearing all white. Have a great time!!!!

HeidiG said...

sparrowsandsparkles, Gigi & The Outfit of the day - thank you!

Dina - Looking forward to seeing your pics, too!

Zoe Moet - thank you - I start to feel bad for the shorter JCAs, then I remember that they can do all the fab JC minis and my sympathy wanes. :)

AnneG - thanks! I am sure it is totally fab on you. Let me know which you wear more - the navy or silver!

GingerSnap - thank you! I think I love the bracelet as much as the sweater!!

Drewablank - I think you just do have to try on IRL. Biggest key is making sure it isn't too big. It could work on you. I love gray & white stripes, too - I have a gray with thin white stripes crewneck from JC from a winter or 2 ago that I love - I always feel chic in it. Hope you enjoy your weekend too!!

patina - thanks! Was there anything else I was supposed to take pics of for you, lol? :)

Kat said...

This sweater looks great on you! I actually bought the same one the other night when I was in my B&M. I'm not too tall, almost 5'4", but I just loved the feel of it. I'm brining it along on my mini-break this weekend, and I'm planning on paring it with rolled jeans and my gray BF tee.

Enjoy the river! Sounds like you're having a fantastic summer so far :)

luvallthingsjcrew said...

Cardi looks great on you-I really like it with the grey accessories! Bravo!

Jordyn said...

pretty, pretty! I'm going to have to check out this cardi:)

Ms.Mer said...

The cardi looks really great on you!!! I think that color combo is my favorite too -- not so much a fan of the grey-and-white version.

Way to rock it with white pants and white top! It looks so crisp and summery and nautical. :)

Summerilla said...

I love that cardigan on you, very cute. I think I'm going to have to try it on next time I'm at the store.

Hope you and the family are having a great summer so far - enjoy the river!

Kathy said...

I happen to love this cardi too! I have the grey stripe and the solid navy. With all this cool weather we have been through it has come in handy. I think it is the perfect weight and washes beautifully!

HeidiG said...

Kat - perfect with rolled jeans & a bf tee. enjoy your weekend!!

luvallthingsjcrew - thank you!

Jordyn - always worth a try, right?


Ms Mer - I always love navy & white, esp in stripes!

Summerilla - you should try it, too - but go with the XS and I hope it's not too big on you.

Kathy - I agree, it does wash well - and yes, perfect for all the cool weather. I hear you all are cool up in NE again (my sister is at the lake house in CT now).

A Bigger Closet said...

Heidi, I think you look terrific in the striped cardi. The stripes do work very well!

post-fab princess said...

Cute! And purrfect with your white capris. Have fun with your new laptop!!!

Julia said...

I love this cardigan! I ordered it online and wore it a couple of days after it arrived. It's a good weight for work, not too heavy and not too light. I'm only 5'2'' but I think I still pull it off well.

HeidiG said...

A Bigger Closet - thank you!

Post-fab Princess - thank you! And I am still figuring out the new laptop, since I have Vista. I finally got the pics to download from the camera, and it's different than on my last laptop - now I just have to figure out the best way to play around with them. Maybe that's what I need to post on - to get some advice from the techie experts, of which I am not one.

Julia - so glad you are enjoying it, too. Now I'm really jealous - at 5'2", you can rock the cardi and the JC minis! :)

Slastena said...

Heidi- what a fantastic nautical look- this cardi looks super comfy and perfect paired with white cropped pants. Absolutely love it on you!

Congrats on your laptop and sorry about rain. The weather is still so cold and unpredictable.

HeidiG said...

Slastena - thank you! Yeah, the rain is a total bummer, but it's amazing how much better I feel after a few days of sun!

MeggyD said...

I love these outfits! That cardi is great - I'm obsessed with cardigans lately...

But the green bag is also cute!

Loving your blog!

HeidiG said...

MeggyD - thank you! And thanks for visiting!!

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