OFF-DUTY STYLE Nov 13, 2017

The Biggest Hole In My Winter Wardrobe

 NYC fashion blogger Mary Orton of Memorandum wears a Co cable knit longline cardigan, a classic white t-shirt, black denim, white Gucci loafers and a red leather cross body bagNYC fashion blogger Mary Orton of Memorandum wears a Co cable knit longline cardigan, a classic white t-shirt, black denim, white Gucci loafers and a red leather cross body bag

LONGLINE CABLE-KNIT CARDIGAN: Co (similar HERE and under $60 HERE!)  |  WHITE T-SHIRT: James Perse (under $50 dupe HERE!)  |   STRAIGHT-LEG BLACK JEANS: Madewell  |  CLASSIC WHITE LOAFERS: Gucci (similar and under $100 HERE!)  |  RED LEATHER SHOULDER BAG: Theory  |  RED LIP: Laura Mercier (Cocoa Pout)

I recently came home after a long day and immediately darted into my closet to put on my “nighttime uniform” which typically involves spandex or sweatpants on the bottom and a t-shirt and my old, pilled, worn-out-but-still-so-cozy-and-delicious longline cardigan that’s years (and years and years) old.  I think the cardigan is from… Ann Taylor, maybe?  The tag is no longer with us, so I can’t confirm.  But let me tell you, this thing looks ROUGH.  The kind of rough that makes me not even want to be seen by the Seamless delivery guy when answering the door.  And that, my friends, is when you know it’s BAD.  That’s also when you know that you have, in fact, turned into your father.  Rest-assured, my dad is still working out in Champion t-shirts from the 1970s… like a boss.

But despite the fact that I’ve shamelessly continued to wear this disgusting, dilapidated sweater nightly for countless years, it never dawned on me until a few weeks ago when I was putting it on for the 8,000th time that hey, maybe it’s time to upgrade!  It was also at this moment that I realized my adult life has been plagued by a MAJOR blind spot when it comes to sweater shopping.  I’m always purchasing turtlenecks and pullovers—many of which are worn only once or twice a year—but very rarely do I purchase those kinds of cozy, oversized wear-everyday cardigans.  You know, the kinds of wonderful knitwear that allows you to wrap yourself up like a human burrito, primed and ready for a couple hours of cold-weather couch time.

In honor of this revelation, it is my new-found mission to show the quintessential longline cardigan the respect that it deserves.  I’m determined to no longer subject myself, my family, or (most importantly) my trusty Seamless delivery guy to the old, dilapidated cardigan of yore (and of questionable provenance).

Whether you’re throwing it on over a sheath dress for a day at the office, your favorite denim and a classic t-shirt for weekend errands, or leggings and a tank for a netflix and chill sesh, there will be no better, more heavily worn layer in your winter wardrobe.  I just purchased this cardigan and this cardigan (SO SOFT AND DELISH) but check out the full list of my favorites below!


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14 Responses to The Biggest Hole In My Winter Wardrobe

  1. Ray says:

    Love a really good cardigan and your choices are amazing.

  2. Felicia Thompson says:

    OMG. This is my favorite post that you’ve done in a while! My girls friends constantly refer to me as the cardigan girl 😉

  3. Katie C. says:

    Who was (is? I stopped watching after things got weird in the third season) the red head character in Scandal who always wore long cardigans? Always loved her style but never made the connection to invest in similar sweaters! Thanks for the reminder, Mary! Your picks look perfect and I’ll try to incorporate them into some looks of my own.

  4. Rebecca Pappas says:

    You always look great!

  5. Kathy says:

    I think we all have those tried and true items that we never want to get rid of. For me it is my light weight sweatpants that sadly are starting to come apart at the seams. And I have no excuse because I actually have a new pair or two sitting on the closet shelf. Oops!

  6. anja says:

    Perfect casual outfit. Love it!

  7. Lisa says:

    I love the long cardigan. I have several – they keep my lower half warm as well as the upper half. But I just can’t get on board with the new “Mom jeans”. Sorry, they are not flattering on anyone – even you, who looks good in everything.

  8. Catherine W. says:

    Many times you send me running to the stores or jumping on an internet link to purchase the very thing you are wearing without a moment’s loss. But occasionally you remind me of something I already have in my closet, and give it a whole new respect. This post reminded me of a cashmere long cardigan that I had custom-made for me a couple of years ago
    in Shanghai. I’ll be wrapping up in it a whole lot more now. Thanks!

  9. Theresa says:

    1970’s Champion t-shirts. Ha, ha!! I like your Dad.

  10. Nikki says:

    hahhaha I can totally relate to your situation!

  11. Josephina says:

    Because Your body is fit and beautiful, your clothes very nice for you.

  12. On my list of goals in life, dressing like Mary Orton is #1! Thank you for putting so much dedication into your blog and social media posts, they are a huge inspiration in my fashion choices!

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