WIW: Speaking of cardigans...

Angie's blog post yesterday about current cardigans hit home for me - I have always been a jacket girl. I love the structure a jacket can give an outfit. I used to dislike that lack of structure that cardigans have - I would feel sloppy in them. But I'm loving some of the current cardigans that have more drape and shape to them. So time to bust out the new EF Dark Tulip asymmetrical cardigan!

I started the outfit with my black marble-effect tube skirt and added a simple black knit tank. I would like to find a similar weight knit tank with a v-neck - I feel a search coming on. Over top of that is my new cardigan. I realize that the way the front cuts in it can look like the cardi is done up - but it is open and has movement when you walk. The merino wool blend is oh so soft and comfy. The weather is funny these days - it's quite cool in the morning, freezing in my office, and then quite warm when I come out of work at the end of the day. So although a wool cardigan and bare legs may seem a little bit seasonally confused, that's because the WEATHER is a little bit seasonally confused - lol!

For footwear I chose my simple pointy toe kitten heel pumps and for accessories, my gold watch and wedding band, black satchel handbag, red specs and red lipstick.

Things have been incredibly busy at work these days - anyone who works in a hospital is probably aware of the HICS structure and I am part of the HICS Ebola Planning. It is exhausting and intense and I have missed you all the last two weeks. Not sure yet when I'll be back more regularly.

Anyway - what are your thoughts on the outfit? Does it work? Is anyone else starting to fall in love with cardigans after swearing off them? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Cardigan: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Tank: Jessica (Sears)
Skirt: Vince Camuto
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Handbag: Danier Leather

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  • Alana in Canada replied 3 years ago

    Can I say I am relieved you are part of HCIS Ebola Planning? We had a conversation in our lunchroom several weeks ago where people were saying that what was happening in Africa "could never happen here." I have been in ICU and I told them there was no way our health care system could handle, say, sixty Ebola cases all at once with more on the way without strain. So, thanks for that. (Obviously, I could be wrong about 60, but my point was only that lots of numbers and the need for extreme and thorough  isolation would be difficult to manage--even here.)

    As for your outfit, it's great! Love the shape of it.

  • Diane G replied 3 years ago

    I love the colours and proportions here Shannon. You wear burgundy so well.

  • Deborah replied 3 years ago

    Lovely Shannon. I have been looking forward to this cardigan. Did you get the skirt as well?

    I think this combination looks stylish and very luxurious.

    And yes, like you I have always been a jacket girl. I always felt because I was on the curvy side, I needed the structure to reign my curves in:). I have actually really disliked cardigans, and did not view them as stylish garments at all. I only started wearing them in the past three years. I had flirted with firmly knitted and slightly structured pieces but my draped "cardigans" now get worn more than my jackets.

    I can only imagine the work you are doing at the moment must be incredibly interesting and challenging.

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    The color of your cardigan is just amazing on you Shannon! I take cardis on a case by case basis and in this case I think it looks fantastic! Happy to see you whenever you have the chance.

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    Love the dark red cardi over the bl&w column, and agree with Alana about the Ebola threatening...:-(.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Shannon, you are doing important work! Rock on!

    You look ver stylish and not at all seasonally confused to my eye. (And you know that I am Queen Fusspot when it comes to seasonal confusion!!) A light merino and a midi skirt with bare legs is perfect for this time of year. Seasonal confusion would be a huge bulky Arran sweater with bare legs and sandals. Or a massive wool scarf worn with summer dress. For me, a lot of it is about fabrication "weight," I realize -- or perceived weight. The warmth factor is irrelevant to me. Especially since merino breathes. 

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Very nice outfit! I love the marble effect of the skirt.

    I think the Ebola planning is very important. I hope they're doing it in my area. We're just a plane ride away from anywhere on the planet. In fact, our local university held the orientation for Fulbright Scholars this year, and the scholars came from everywhere. On the local news they interviewed one of the scholars who was from Africa. He looked very healthy, thankfully!

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    EF does such a beautiful job choose fabrications --- the saturation of color, bit of sheen, texture and weight make this cardi a cut above.

    The scrunched sleeves reveal enough skin to balance the bare legs -- looks terrific.

    Godspeed on your planning.  The world is truly one village when it comes to the suffering of this kind. 

  • replied 3 years ago

    Fantastic easy, yet ultra polished outfit Shannon. You must get tired of hearing this, but that red is YOUR colour.  So beautiful and adds such vibrance to your already vibrant self.  Your work situation certainly sounds all-encompassing and emotionally and intellectually taxing, but what an honour to be part of the planning.

  • carambola replied 3 years ago

    Gorgeous. Love this from head to toe. You are making me wish I had pulled the trigger on that skirt when it was available.

  • Classically Casual replied 3 years ago

    This is one of my favorite outfits of yours ever! Love the colors on you and the blend of professional yet comfy for tackling a challenging project.

  • Eliza replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful look and colors on you, Shannon.  That cardigan adds depth and your wear its shape and proportion beautifully.  

    Sometimes I miss that straight line down the middle when my toppers overlap, while other times it feels more fresh to have the overlap. I have various levels of success creating the space by shifting how the the topper lies and often just follow the garment's lead.

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Love.  Everything.  About.  This. 

    And take care of yourself! 

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 3 years ago

    I like the angled front of the cardigan; it breaks up the width and is very flattering.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 3 years ago

    I literally have 15 minutes before I head into my planning mtg - just wanted to pop in and say thank you so much for your kind comments. Glad to hear that my stress level isn't affecting my outfits too much. I think that actually part of my overall need/desire for comfort and ease has translated into my new love of updated cardigans.

    And I cannot say enough about how much I love this Dark Tulip color by EF. It makes me sooooooo happy :)

    Suz - great comment about the weight of the fabrication making or breaking a seasonal look. The merino wool is indeed fairly light (while still being warm) and allows for some ease and movement in the cardigan which helps to take any heaviness away from the the look.

    As for the Ebola planning - yes, it is a global village Beth Ann and the world is a small place when it comes to something like this. We are planning very carefully and proactively while hoping we NEVER have to use any of what we're putting together.

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    The long sweater is awesome. The lengths are just right. You look so tall!

  • Style Fan replied 3 years ago

    Gorgeous!  Take care.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    This outfit is fabulous, Shannon! You look gorgeous in it. I like the way your lip color and glasses complement the sweater. You look so chic.
    Wait, that's a Vince Camuto tube skirt? I hadn't noticed that print before, I guess. It looks like a million bucks on you--length is just right with the cardi and shoes.

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