Shop Your Closet: Black Cardigan

[When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it), and 2. A major lack of storage space (for all the crap you’ve got). For these two reasons, maximizing what you already own becomes essential. That’s why you need to learn to Shop Your Closet. Each week, I’ll show you how to wear 1 item 3 ways – with the stuff you most likely already own! – to get the most out of your purchases.]

One thing I’m sure you everyone owns is a black cardigan. It’s definitely an essential item for the college girl – it goes with anything, is easy to wear, is perfect for layering when going from a cold classroom to a steamy library, and doesn’t show the dirt that’s accumulated since your last laundry day….3 weeks ago.

As it gets closer to Thanksgiving you might be putting off laundry, in hopes that your parents will help you with the garbage bag full of dirty clothes you bring home. The longer you put off that trip to the laundry room, though, the harder it is to get dressed. Luckily, your black cardigan will help fill in the gaps between now and hooray-mom’s-doing-my-laundry day (or even now and next spring!), and I’ve got three outfits to help you get up, get dressed and get out of your room in style.

Thank you, god of black cardigans!

Outfit 1: With Basics

Cardigan, Tee, Jeans, Boots, Scarf

No matter how high the laundry pile gets, you can probably find at least one t-shirt that is clean (enter: smell test). Toss on a t-shirt, a pair of jeans and your everyday boots with your cardigan and you’re all ready to head out. Add personality to this casual look by adding a scarf or statement necklace into the mix.

Outfit 2: Belted With a Dress


Cardigan, Dress, Belt, Flats, Socks

Dig back in your closet and unearth your favorite floral, summer dress. Belt your cardigan over top to transition your dress to fall, and add a pair of over-the-knee socks or tights to keep your legs warm. A pair of flats with the socks, or boots with your tights, are the final touch to this outfit.

Outfit 3: Over Your Summer Staples

Cardigan, Shorts, Tights, Sneakers, Leafy Tank, Charcoal Tank

Another item that’s probably still clean? Your denim shorts. Add tights underneath for warmth, and your favorite sneakers or flats. Lastly, layer tanks for visual interest under your cardigan. Summer pieces layered with tights and a cardigan over top are a perfect way to use everything in your wardrobe before you finally cave in and do laundry.

Find out other ways to re-work what you’ve already got stuffed in that closet of yours.

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