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Found! The white cropped cardigan

white cropped cardigan

white cropped cardigan and stripe t-shirt

Remember my ‘Holes in My Closet’ post? The one I really wish I’d called something else now, because any time I have to refer back to it, I get that stupid ‘There’s a Hole in My Bucket’ nursery rhyme lodged in my head, and sometimes it takes a couple of days to shift it? A couple of days in which I walk around inanely singing (in my own head, obviously), “There’s a hole in my closet, my closet, my closet! There’s a hole in my closet, my closet, a hole!” ARGH.

Are you all singing that song now? OK, well, the good news is that there’s now one less hole in my bucket closet, because this week I managed to fill the “white cropped cardigan” shaped hole, with this little number, which is from New Look, of all places. (Er, the bad news is that you’ll be singing that song forever now, sorry. And I guess the good news is only really good for me, isn’t it? Well, this is awkward…)

Now, New Look is a store I’ve been pretty much ignoring for a few years now. It’s not that I have anything against it, it’s just that it somehow managed to go from being a store I couldn’t walk past without buying yet another pair of shoes from, to a store I… just walk past. It just dropped off the radar, basically, and I’m actually not sure quite how it got back ON the radar again, but for some reason I found myself on the New Look website last week, and there it was: the perfect cropped white cardigan. It’s always in the last place you look, isn’t it? (Because if it was in the FIRST place you looked, you wouldn’t have to keep looking, D’UH.)

As it happens, I probably WILL keep looking in this case, because while this cardigan is exactly what I was looking for in terms of shape and fit (If I didn’t know better, I’d have assumed it was from a retro-repro brand: they’re normally the only ones I can depend on to make cardigans that aren’t all saggy and sad looking…), it IS very much a summer cardigan, so the elbow-length sleeves and thin cotton won’t be much use in the winter. Not that it’ll matter, mind you: I actually tend to reserve my white cardigans for the spring/summer months (That’s not a “rule”, by the way, it’s just the way it normally works out), and I also tend to wreck them by the end of the summer, too. That’s why although I’m striking this item off my list for now, I’ll keep on looking – I just know that by the end of the summer it’ll be more yellow than white, and probably stained with something, too. Probably sunscreen. That’s what normally happens to the white cardigans I collect.

(That’s also why I should have bought two, obviously.)

Anyway, it’s just occurred to me that this is quite possibly the most boring post I’ve ever written here, and that’s up against some stiff competition, but seeing as I started this whole “closet holes” thing, I thought I may as well update you when the holes get filled, too. So, consider yourselves updated!

white retro-inspired cropped cardigan


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  • Maria
    July 31, 2015

    Now that’s a very ‘pure-white’ colour! It’s getting more and more difficult for me to find things that are ‘pure-white’ (it’s the shade that suits me better), as it seems that almost every retailer is either using some degrees of yellowish white, or not so bright white. This is true especially in striped black tops: I’ve yet to find a long sleeved one that doesn’t have dirty-white stripes, which paired with black make me look like I’m battling jaundice. I wonder how difficult can be to use pure white and black together?

    • Amber
      July 31, 2015

      Yeah, I’ve found it really hard to find pure white too, which is weird, because I think of a white cardigan as such a “basic”! I can find tons of cream or off-white ones, though!

  • CiCi Marie
    July 31, 2015

    True story: I just opened a package from New Look that should have contained this exact same cardigan, but it didn’t, as they couldn’t be bothered to pack it or something. Now seeing it on you im even more annoyed about this! I wants it!!

    • Amber
      July 31, 2015

      I wish I’d just ordered a couple of them now… I was going to, but then I figured I’d just see what it was like in “real life”, and then order another one if I liked it – of course, now it’s sold out in my size!

  • Bekah
    July 31, 2015

    Cute outfit!! I have a couple of white cardigans as well… They’re perfect for these summer months!

  • Victoria
    July 31, 2015

    I’vi got a couple of these cardigans, in light blue, mint and light pink. They’re really nice 🙂

  • Moira
    July 31, 2015

    so with you re the shoes, used to be phenom. Now, however, they are more like something Tony Sporano would be bulk buying for the Bada Bing.

  • Daisy
    July 31, 2015

    I’ll be buying one in every colour. THANK YOU!! 😉

  • Miss Kitty
    July 31, 2015

    I just finished placing an order with New Look myself, after being directed there from another blogger’s site! I had never heard of them before, being from NZ, but I follow so many UK blogs now that I find myself buying heaps of stuff from UK shops! One problem is the difference in seasons 🙁 but I just read your article on coats and snapped one up, if it’s the wrong season for you it’s the right one for me here!

  • Kate
    August 2, 2015

    I haven’t had a cropped cardigan in my wardrobe in literally years, but now I’ve seen this I’ve been reminded of how handy they are to have! I love how you’ve paired it with the skirt too.

  • Julia
    August 2, 2015

    Lovely outfit! Not only the cardigan but also the t-shirt and the skirt, they are all lovely. And your smile is simply beautiful. You’re really enjoying it.

  • ajiwen
    August 3, 2015

    I just wore this cardigan throughout my honeymoon in amsterdam. As we were in furnace-hot Italy first, I didn’t think to bring more than this and a light jacket for rainy, windy amsterdam (MISTAKE). it IS light. But with a scarf and a hat I got away with feeling just chilled. Other than that, love the cardi, it went with everything.

  • Deserae
    August 4, 2015

    That is an adorable outfit. I would love that cardigan in black.

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Found! The white cropped cardigan