Style Notes – Cardigan Sets

September 28, 2020

Remember last fall when Katie Holmes wore this gorgeous Khaite cashmere cardigan / bra ensemble (thereafter dubbed the “bra-digan”) and it went viral? The outfit was a work of art and the perfect example of transitional weather dressing. And as the weather changes and we are spending more time indoors this year than last, either as a result of working from home, increasing covid restrictions or both, I am loving a cardigan set even more. Comfortable enough to wear all day at home, but chic enough to wear out, a matching cardigan set gives you an easy, pulled together look. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I started working from home well before the pandemic, it’s how important it is to get dressed and feel put together on a daily basis, as it can hugely impact both your mood and productivity. But having appropriate WFH attire doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable, and that’s why I think a cardigan set is so perfect this season. Throw on some statement jewelry too and you’ll really elevate your look.

I bought this red bra-digan set from Reformation (one of my very favourite sustainable brands, and made of 100% organic cotton). It reminded me of this beautiful one that just came out by Altuzarra, but much more affordable. Reformation also has a very similar set to the Khaite one, however it’s currently sold out but is coming back soon. It might be worth it to sign up for the waitlist to be notified when it’s back in stock!

I know there are a lot of fast-fashion brands that have come out with their own inexpensive versions of this look. However some quick research reveals those pieces are made of 75% or more “poly” material, which is essentially plastic. That fact, combined with the poor working conditions where the garments are produced, accounts for the low cost, not to mention the quality of the pieces means they will end up in a landfill sooner rather than later. I mention this not to name-and-shame or guilt anyone, but to bring awareness to what accounts for those low prices, and hopefully provide you with some more options that are higher up on the sustainability spectrum. So below are some of my favourite cardigan sets I’ve found recently, that are either made of 75% or more high quality/natural materials (this Free People set comes in 4 colours and is 87% cashmere) and/or by brands with a commitment to upholding high environmental and worker standards. I am really loving the cozy vibes of these cardigan sets, and I hope you do too! x