Lightweight Cashmere Cardigan Sweater

Finding the perfect lightweight cashmere cardigan sweater can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack.  It is often difficult to find just the right cardigan and then to find one that is made of lightweight cashmere can seem impossible.   We have found it much easier to solve this dilemma by searching for pieces that have cashmere in them.  The best part about cashmere is the luxuriously soft feeling of the knit.  We have also found that you can find some great pieces that include knits other than cashmere to give you that soft luxurious feel.  Consider a few of these great cardigan sweaters as examples.

First, the Laurie B. Milan Sweater features 30% cashmere blended with nylon and viscose.  The blended knit still has the softness of cashmere and the great viscose knit that is silky soft as well.  This light-weight sweater knit is a great short wrap cardigan features a tie that can go in front or in back depending on how you like to wear it.  It also features a lightly gathered seam at the empire waist line giving it added elements of detail.  In addition, the wide ¾ length sleeve something you don’t see on every wrap these days.  You’ll love the rich Truffle brown color and the ivory Parmesan color too.  This sweater is certainly versatile and works as a great substitute for a blazer at work or to throw over your tank top on a cool night out.

The viscose knit is actually one of our favorite substitutes for cashmere and of course it is much more economical. In our opinion the viscose actually has a silkier feel than the cashmere.  Viscose is made of a blend of natural and man-made components that can be made into a rayon fabric.  Viscose rayon has a great silky appearance and soft texture and yet breathes similarly to cotton.

Consider the Audrey Wrap that is made of 78% viscose and 22% nylon.  It has a smooth, silky texture that is so soft and luxurious to touch.  Of course the Audrey Wrap also made by Laurie B. features a great wrap design with a faux wrap at the base of the sweater with a contrasting color shimmery tie around the waist.  The cuffs and the waist are fitted giving the wrap a great hugging fit.  Our favorite aspect of this wrap is the fabric.  The viscose blend makes for a great fabric that you seriously won’t want to take off.

Finally, the Gable Stripe Cardigan also by Laurie B. also uses a viscose blend to give you a great feeling knit fabric.  This distinctive cardigan features a dramatic contrasting zipper that is front and center in this distinctive cardigan, the Gable Stripe grey and black pattern looks so classy and elegant.  Laurie B. still manages to weave in fashion forward elements with the dolman flared sleeve on this sweater, a scoop neckline and the contrasting black trim around the neckline and cuffs and hem.   Again you would not believe how luxuriously soft the knit on this sweater feels.  It is also made from a viscose, nylon blend with 78% viscose and 22% nylon so of course it feels super soft and very comfortable.  One of our favorite looks is wearing this over a long sleeve black top with a black skirt and boots in the winter.

All of these are great examples of lightweight sweaters that incorporate cashmere or a great alternative to cashmere to give you a luxuriously soft lightweight wrap in a distinctive style.

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Laurie B. Sweaters

Laurie B. sweaters are some of our favorite sweaters and this is the perfect time of year to find amazing deals on great sweaters.  Laurie B. is perhaps one of the most distinctive of all of the designers available at Vintage Fringe.  The American knitwear line: Laurie B. is the creation of Laurie Brazeau.  Laurie was born in Mexico, raised in the United States and traveled the world searching for work and inspiration.  After working for years in Paris as a private label designer she returned home and launched her own knit line Laurie B. working from her own home in Oakland, California.  While Laurie has no formal design school training she has managed to build her brand and her style into a recognizable icon for knitwear internationally.  She credits her international travels, vintage shopping skills, and her color outside the lines mentality as her inspiration behind her one of a kind designer style.  Here are a few examples of great outside the lines sweaters that will help you create your own distinctive style:

Laurie B. Milan Sweater – This great short wrap cardigan features a tie that can go in front or in back depending on how you like to wear it.  It also features a lightly gathered seam at the empire waist line giving it added elements of detail.  In addition, the wide ¾ length sleeve something you don’t see on every wrap these days.  You’ll love the rich Truffle brown color and the ivory Parmesan color too.  This sweater is certainly versatile and works as a great substitute for a blazer at work or to throw over your tank top on a cool night out.

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater – You’ll love this distinctive sweater and its fashion forward look.  Complete with a flowing look of the wide v neck with the tie around the waist giving it a contemporary, fitted look.  This sweater is available in a variety of colors and is perfect to go over a long sleeve top in just about any color.  You’ll love the slight shimmer on the knit and the distinctive, modern look.   It is a perfect wrap to layer and looks stunning with boots or leggings.

Laurie B. Gable Stripe Cardigan – Featuring a dramatic contrasting zipper that is front and center in this distinctive cardigan, the Gable Stripe grey and black pattern looks so classy and elegant.  Laurie B. still manages to weave in fashion forward elements with the dolman flared sleeve on this sweater, a scoop neckline and the contrasting black trim around the neckline and cuffs and hem.   You also would not believe how luxuriously soft the knit on this sweater feels.  It is made from a viscose, nylon blend and it feels super soft and very comfortable.  One of our favorite looks is wearing this over a long sleeve black top with a black skirt and boots in the winter.

Laurie B.’s sweaters are always excellent quality and as you can see from the few pieces mentioned in this post that so many of her designs are not your run of the mill boxy sweater that you find at so many stores.  Each Laurie B. sweater features great unique design elements and will always be a statement piece in your wardrobe.

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Summer Clothes for 30-40% off at Vintage Fringe!!

Summer clothes from great designers are now on sale at Vintage Fringe.   You won’t want to miss great finds including lots of Sweet Pea clothing and even including newer arrivals from Collective Concepts clothing.  Don’t miss this end of summer sale the features some of favorite styles from the summer.  Below are my top picks now 30-40% off at Vintage Fringe.

Racerback Flared Tunic Tank Top by Collective Concepts

Racerback Flared Tunic Tank Top by Collective Concepts

This Collective Concepts racerback flared tunic tank has been one of my favorite pieces this summer.  It is so easy to glam up with cute shoes and basic leggings and I always feel like a million bucks when it wear it.  Accessorizing is easy with this racer-back tank because it has the adorable black and silver beaded straps.  While this tank designed by Collective Concepts usually sells for $55.00 this week only at Vintage Fringe it is on sale for $33.00.

La Befana Navy Tie Tank

La Befana Navy Tie Tank

I love love love this La Befana Tank (I personally own it in polka dot also on sale this week at Vintage Fringe).  I wear it with a cute cap sleeve or a long sleeve shirt underneath.  The tie on the side adds the perfect detail that makes this top a one-of -kind top to add to your wardrobe.  I can wear this to work or at home and it is always adorable and flattering.  This week only at Vintage Fringe this tank designed by La Befana is on sale for $50.00… thats 40% off!

Laurie B. Rumba Puff Sleeve Sweater

Laurie B. Rumba Puff Sleeve Sweater

Knit designer and visionary Laurie B. is known for her high quality high fashion knitwear and this Laurie B. Rumba puff sleeve sweater wrap is probably my favorite design of hers.  This sweater snaps in the front for a completely separate look or it unsnaps to become the adorable wrap that is perfect for fall and early winter.  This sweater is also full of surprising details like the adorable pockets and puff sleeves.  This is also a super soft lightweight knit that can give you warmth but won’t overheat you. It really is perfect for any season.  A knit wrap like this can easily sell for around $200, but this week only at Vintage Fringe this puff sleeve cardigan is only $99.

To shop Vintage Fringe’s End of Summer Sale just visit us at www.VintageFringe.com.

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Trendy Tanks from Sweet Pea by Staci Frati

I might be jumping the gun a bit to already be blogging about tank tops, but the weather is so beautiful today, I am feeling the need to feature some adorable designer tanks designed by Sweet Pea.  Sweet Pea’s vivid patterns are a signature look at any time of the year but especially spring/summer these bold colors will help any gal stand out- in the best kind of way.

Sleeveless Front Tie Top by Sweet Pea

Sleeveless Front Tie Top by Sweet Pea

This Sleeveless Front Tie Top is adorable and the cut is really flattering on everyone.  I also really love this print- it is a dark navy background.  The neck ties make it fully adjustable and allows you to decide how to adjust the neckline.  As always this top is in Sweet Pea’s trademark mesh-nylon.

This solid blue 4-Tier  Ruffle Tank by Sweet Pea is favorite of mine.  While sweet pea mostly designs bold prints, this tank comes in solid blue (rain) or fuschia (cranapple).  I love how the 4-tiered ruffles makes this tank simple but trendy and feminine.  This tank is a perfect to stand alone piece but also looks great paired with a cardigan (see below).

Sweet Pea's 4 Tiered Ruffled Tank and The Rumba Puffsleeve Sweater by Laurie B

Sweet Pea's 4 Tiered Ruffled Tank and The Rumba Puffsleeve Sweater by Laurie B

Laurie ‘B.’s Puffsleeve Cardigan Sweater is one of my must have cardigans.  And I love the look of Sweet Pea’s Tank with it.  Find great designer tanks from Sweet Pea and other designers  at Vintage Fringe!!

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Fall Essential Styles: Ella Moss Ellasentials Cardigan

As the temperature begins to cool make sure and update your wardrobe by getting this fall’s “essentials” for anyones wardrobe: a cardigan. Lighter and softer than a thick winter coat a cardigan is a soft and fashionable way to add versatility and layers to your look.  One of my favorite cardigans at Vintage Fringe is the Ellassential Cardigan Smock by Ella Moss.  This Cardigan has ruching around the neckline which adds a fitted flattering shape to the cardigan.  I also absolutely love this deep purple color and the soft and beautiful feel of the supima cotton/modal blend.  Ella Moss as usual delivers a look that is both trendy and classic.  This cardigan is a must have now and will continue to be a great asset to everyone’s wardrobe.  Best yet this cardigan is machine washable so no expensive dry cleaning bills.  To see this cardigan or any other style essentials visit Vintage Fringe.com.

Ella Moss Ellassentials Cardigan

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Splendid Clothing Cotton Striped Cardigan

Splendid Clothing is known for their stripes, but we think this cotton stripe long sleeve tie cardigan is unique from their normal cotton striped tees.  There is also nothing better for this crazy cold winter weather than a long wrap cardigan sweater.  The thick, wide collar is a great feature for this very reason.  We love the tie around the waist complete with loops on the sides to hold it in place.

Splendid Cotton Stripe Long Sleeve Tie Waist Cardigan

Splendid Cotton Stripe Long Sleeve Tie Waist Cardigan

The stripes are also signature Splendid.  We love the contrasting colors of ivory and coral too.  This Splendid cardigan sweater is a perfect piece to replace your standard cardigan that you throw on in the winter to keep warm at home or at the office.  Splendid even takes it up a notch with a vivid stripe pattern so it will certainly freshen up your old basic cardigan wardrobe.  So we’ve given you the run down of why we love it, but we would love to get your thoughts about it as well!

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Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

In our quest for distinctive sweaters, this Laurie B. sweater takes the cake!  We love the distinctive look of this Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater from Laurie B.  We love that Laurie B.’s designs are not just the same old basic turtleneck sweater or the same old cardigan.  Instead they take those basic designs and then add feminine details like a ruffle sleeve or a twist on the cardigan that is open at the bottom rather than the top like the Emmy Cardigan sweater.

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

The Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater is another example featuring a belted waist that ties an over sized wrap sweater.  We love to wear it as shown in the shot on our model below creating a wide V when the sweater falls naturally.  Others prefer to wear it with more of a flare at the waist as demonstrated on the mannequin shot shown here as well.  With short sleeves this sweater is perfect for layering this winter and with a skirt and boots is the perfect winter sweater this season.

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

Laurie B. Moonlight Cap Wrap Sweater

It is dry clean only and available at Vintage Fringe in Black, White, Navy Blue and Pink.

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