What I like about this outfit is that each piece is "normal" but has a characteristic that elevates it a notch from normal. Like, the jeans have a tiny bit of distressing. The top, while a seemingly plain black top, is a dolman sleeve with the gathered waist which helps give it some shape and drape. (Find a super duper similar version HERE in 38 colors. How is that even possible?!) And the sweater cardigan has pattern and texture. To me, all of those elements help give the outfit more life than if it were just a plain old solid t-shirt, plain cardigan, and plain jeans. It totally reminds me of THIS POST I wrote years ago on buying the right pieces to make it easy to get dressed and look put together!
Anyway, I guess cardigans with a little marled pattern and texture--whatever you wanna call it--are worth having in your closet because it was easy to find a ton of similar options! These are all from Old Navy and Nordstrom, and half are under $35 while the other half are just under $50.
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