The open cardigan style has been out for several years now. It’s one of those easy-to-throw-on pieces that take a simple outfit from plain to amazing. This watercolor open cardigan certainly did that for my outfit.
On my rare trip to the actual mall recently I made a stop at our relatively new Soft Surroundings store. I’ve shopped on and off at Soft Surroundings online for some time now, but it’s so helpful to see something in a catalog and then go take a look at it in person. The top I wanted to see was actually a bit too full for my taste so it was worth it to take a look and not have to deal with returning an item by mail.
However, in the course of a lovely conversation with the salesperson, we got to talking about my blog. I used to be super shy about mentioning it and even felt a little embarrassed or self-conscious. I am finally getting over that. Other bloggers have expressed similar feelings, so at least I’m not alone!
When she asked for the name (naturally, I didn’t have my business cards with me–one of the perils of changing my bag frequently!), I told her AquamarinaStyle. She immediately said to wait a minute and came back with this gorgeous watercolor open cardigan to show me. She thought the watercolor-effect and the many shades of blue epitomized the idea of Aquamarina. I had to agree! I was totally intrigued as this isn’t a piece I would normally choose to try on, but once I did, I loved it!
Once again, you learn new ideas and find new ways to express your style with fashion when you go outside your normal frame of reference! And it’s always fun to talk fashion with another fashionista!
The Watercolor Open Cardigan Outfit
OK, fellow fashionistas here is the scoop on the cardigan. The fabric is a featherweight, brushed sweater knit fabric. The print is actually an abstract animal print. They called it a “Serpentine Topper.” I love the watercolor-inspired palette which is so fresh for spring. It will be wearable on into the summer and fall as well.
I can envision this cardigan styled so many ways and with so many colors. For this outfit, I’m styling it with an older tan drape front tee from Michael Stars. The jeans are my favorite by Paige. The open-cut booties are a great transition shoe from Winter to Spring. If you like these booties, they have some of the three colors available at Nordstrom Rack–click here.
And the super cute earrings are from Carolina, an Australian label. They make beautiful, simple pieces. You can view the Carolina Website here. The bag is an inexpensive vegan satchel in navy–a challenging color to find!
While it looks beautiful with jeans, this type of cardigan would also serve as workwear with a pair of slacks and a cream-colored blouse and work heels. Or a party look with a raspberry silk blouse and tailored black pants with sandals.
You can view the Serpentine Topper at this link. Here are some similar watercolor-inspired cardigans or vests. All are similar with open fronts and some very pretty watercolor effects. Pure Jill Watercolor Cardigan, Amazon Watercolor Cardigan, Zulily Iris Watercolor Cardigan, and Navy Floral Cardigan.
A watercolor open cardigan is a great spring transition piece that you can style for the seasons to come. And the prints and colors are perfect for Spring! Try one–you’ll love it!
Thanks for stopping by. Check back in for more ideas for Spring fashion.