Fashion challenge: the sequin cardigan

My life would be a lot easier if Blake Lively didn’t look so bloody good in everything. I was watching an episode of Gossip Girl last night, and fell in love with the sequin cardigan she wore to Blair’s stepfathers Passover seder. It was carelessly draped over a feather print tank in that louche way that she has, with her tousled hair and fantastically long skinny legs. Don’t you just hate her?

So I decided then and there that what I need for my trip to London, for our day of open air theatre and lunch at Quaglino’s, is a sequin cardigan of my very own.

First stop: ShopStyle, which trawls the net for you to present clothing from an array of online retailers. This was not helpful, as the results brought up knitwear by the likes of Michael Kors, Burberry Prorsum, Donna Karan, and Day Birger et Mikkelsen. And though I saw a few perfect specimens, I’m on shopping probation, and cannot throw down £150 - £500 for a jumper.

New Look and ASOS have plenty of sequin clothing, but no sequin cardigans. I have a few possibilities lined up at eBay. Oasis, River Island, and Dorothy Perkins are all doing fab sequin jackets, but somehow it feels a touch too Bono circa Zoo TV Tour for me.

Shopwiki had variety in prices ranges, though there was almost too much variety as there were also items like tights and kidswear. The biggest surprise there was that my favourite result was from the Twiggy line at Littlewoods Direct. I am nothing if not a clothing snob, and I don't fancy dressing like a woman in her 60s (former 'it' girl or not) but it had just the right shape and colour, and at £45 was more in my price range. A little more searching, and I found it on the Additions Direct website for £35. Even better! And it sure beats paying £150 for a sold out Kate Moss for Topshop cardigan off eBay.

I haven’t made a firm decision yet – I think I’ll look at vintage as well, and visit Starry Night, Glory Hole and Mr Bens. I will find the sequin cardigan of my dreams before I go to London, this I vow!


  1. hey!
    do you know where do find some nice biker shoes?
    and some vintage clothes in glasgow??

  2. Not sure about biker shoes - for awhile Kurt Geiger had some good ones, but the Shoe Studio on Buchanan Street, sadly, has closed down. For sheer range of choice, try Shuh on Argyle Street.

    For vintage check out Mr Ben's in Kings Court, Brigitte on King Street, Starry Starry Night and Glory Hole on Ruthven Lane, and Retro on Otago Street. Happy hunting!



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