1.07.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Theory Vesta Cotton Cash Cardigan on the Cheap

If there’s one thing that you should know about me my loves, it is that I will forever (and ever, and ever, and ever!) be a slave to cardigans. Never will I be able to muster up the courage or strength to pass one by while browsing the shops; nor will I find the power within to keep me from splurging on countless colors, styles, and cuts on a complete and utter whim. But I digress; it is truly not fair for the fashionable girl about town to stick to simple silhouettes when it comes to choosing sweaters that will keep her feeling cozy while looking completely chic all at once. One should have the option to discover embellished beauties brimming with personality; case in point Theory’s Vesta Cash Cotton Cardigan.

Please kitty cats, if it’s at all possible, quiet those jumbled thoughts whirring through your fashion-addled brain; I already know what you’re thinking…fringe embellishment is something to avoid in the style world – a look to steer clear of unless you are playing the role of flower-loving hippie for the afternoon. I feel that you are quite wrong! Yes, I will admit that fringes are something to toy with carefully when adorning one’s body; but in the case of the cardigan they are a wonderful addition to the comfy, cozy, curl-up-on-the-couch-and-spend-the-afternoon-reading-in-front-of-the-fireplace aesthetic.

Unlike bohemian fringing that covers the entirety of a design; the fringes ornamenting the Vesta Cash Cotton Cardigan retain a more elegant, understated presence given their tasseled contours, and the general angled hem of the open-front knit – two objectives which work together to make one look phenomenally sophisticated as opposed to sloppy in any way, shape, or form. In fact, I believe that the only true misstep darkening this midnight blue marvel is the $245.00 price tag attached to its lush cotton/cashmere blend; an expenditure which makes it downright impossible for me to so much as contemplate adding it to my collection. Hence the reason why I have set my sights on a slightly more affordable option in the form of Central Park West’s Fringed Cardigan.

While not as inexpensive as I’d like; at $138.00, the Fringed Cardigan is more than half the price of Theory’s tantalizingly timeless knit, and available in a pretty pepper hue – a shade that every girl should have lurking in her closet!

What’s your stand…will you splurge, or save?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Nordstrom and Dillards for the pictures.


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49 comments

Couture Carrie said...

Cute cardis, darling!

xoxox,
CC

kpeach said...

those are crazy similar and I adore theory but to be honest most of my sweaters from there have pilled so I say look for less xo

MissNeira said...

They look so comfy!

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Jacqueline said...

I like the Theory one better so splurge in this case! xoxo

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All Women Stalker said...

Save of course! The cheaper version has a more interesting drape action going on. :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

Oh you are right, cardigans are SO chic and cozy! I would definitely save on this one, the bargain looks amazing!! Love it. ♥

xoxo
Rachel

J'aime said...

I love cardigans, and I have no items that are fringed, not really to my disappointment, but these fringed cardigans go together very well. Hippie afternoons are great.

J'aime
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Leah said...

I love cardis as well and fringes make a big difference... I love it. Gotta find myself a fringed cardigan. xoxo

Erika, will it ever get cold in Southern Cali? *sobs*

KatieM-x said...

they look like they could be worn with anything, dressed up or dressed down. simply fabulous!

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Melissa Blake said...

Ooooh, I love the first one!! xoxo

Jaime said...

Love cardys but not a huge fringe fan. I love that taupe-y color though! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE that!!!!!! It looks so cozy!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Half the price seems equally lovely!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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la petite fashionista said...

i love open cardigans! they're my favorite thing to throw on to add a bit of excitement to a cold weather outfit.

Catie said...

I agree, cardigans are awesome. I say save on this one, though, since you said you love getting many different ones in different styles/ colors. If you go on the cheaper side with this, you'll be able to spend the money you save on other cute cardigans :)

yiqin; said...

So cute!I need a nice cardi.

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

I love layering with cardigans. A fashionable staple item.
-Tawney

Mimi said...

So pretty! I could use a big cardigan like these to warm up to in this cold weather!!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

These cardigans look so cozy and perfect for winter! I want one!

Jen said...

Now THIS is something I can get on board with. I sometimes feel like a member of The Cardigan Cult - I wear one every day, have them in my car, stuffed into my bag, pouring out of my wardrobe. When it was cool, I tied them round my waist and have even used an extra snugly one as a pillow!

I love the fringing - it kinda looks like a great big scarf. Hooray for cardigans!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh yes I adore cardis too! and in this case I think I will save. gorgeous! xo

Hanako66 said...

save! (although i do like the theory one better!)

Sherin said...

I've recently discovered the awesomness of cardis. They really are a perfect piece of clothing. The vesta cardi is so cute but definitely too pricey. I'm definitely going for the cheaper option this week.

Jen said...

although i do love the vesta cardigan better, as always, i will save. :)
nothing better than a cardigan to warm up in.

B a la Moda said...

Right now I am on the save mood. Specially on Sales time when all I care about are good prices!!

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Love them! They're like a big hug!

Nikolett said...

Aww, these fringed ones look like a beautiful wrap-around blanket! I'd probably save ... I have 3 cardigans already (2 black, and 1 grey) that I love to wear with just about anything ... we should go cardigan shopping :D Enjoy reading your magazines this weekend!

Emily said...

love 'em both!

I would save ;)

michelle_ said...

Those cardigans are lovely ! I love the fringe details and how it drapes beautifully !
Thanks for sharing love :D

clarewbrown said...

oooh i looove these cardis! right now I am totally in a save mood, ugh I am SOO broke!

Mimi said...

Ooh thanks for the tip, although I never really spend more than 100 dollars on one particular thing. I love cheap things!

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

What great cardigans, dear! I am obsessed with fringe, but it's only one item at a time. I don't do the fringed booties with fringed purse, etc.
I saw your gorgeousness in the Style Sample! Congrats. That is awesome.
Take care!

wonderfelle said...

fringe and i are sort of in a love/hate relationship so i'm not sure if i'd splurge... but i do happen to be drawn to cashmere and that pretty pretty midnight blue!

Elizabeth Marie said...

LOVE the theory one. I adore cardigans, I wear them so much that they're worth the splurge.

Where are you???

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Looks kinda like a stylish snuggie?
XOXOX
Libby
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Cynthia said...

Mmmm I love open cardigans. I already have one myself from H&M.

Nina said...

Love the fringes at the hem!

PS I mentioned Cafe Fashionista in my post today. I hope you don't mind, Erika?

Stéphanie said...

Everything is so pretty my dear Erika !

AudreyAllure said...

haha! cardigans fill up half my closet. love this psot <3

COCAMIA said...

I live in and love Cardigans!

janettaylor said...

YUMMY!



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Rachel said...

They both look so comfy and cozy! :) The fringe detailing along the bottom is just too perfect. Plus, these two look incredibly similar. I'm gonna have to save this week and go for the Central Park West Fringed Cardigan. :)

The Pink Tutu said...

These look cozy!! I am running out of sweaters in FL since it has gotten so cold. I may have to pick one up!

Sabine said...

Totally agree, clever design, making you feel that you're wearing a cardi AND a scarf... And they look good, too. Sabine x

diana said...

Very cute cardigans! I love the fringe at the bottom.

Jessica said...

In this case, I think the splurge is executed better. But there's just something about fringe that makes me scratch my head. I love cardigans, though!

Kristin said...

Your bargain versions have been rocking the house lady! LOVE the el cheapo one again.

Aury said...

I love cardigans too darlings. In all different shapes, colours and sizes.I love the two you picked but they r way out of my price range.
:)

Anonymous said...

I really like that cardigan. Its looking nice and can be used for office also.

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