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Wardrobe Stories: My giant cardie

By Daisy Buchanan on July 2nd, 2013

Writer Rachael Krishna loves clothes that cuddle…

I’m terrible with making clothing last or even reusing it. I have a wardrobe full of dresses I bought for bank breaking figures, foolishly believing that I would find another appropriate occasion to slip it back on, while realising that I will probably be lusting after a new pretty gown by the time the next event comes around. I then entered higher education and realised that a month’s budget couldn’t be spent on a pair of jeans on a whim; unfortunately it took me a while to discover this, making trips to Tesco in my first year more  nerve wracking than watching blue tongued eighteen year olds try to balance in four inch heels. Because who needs nutrition when you have tinned 40p tinned macaroni and Topshop’s latest tribal print offering?


Since coming to University I’ve had to be a bit more sentimental about clothing, wearing things that are comfortable and cheap rather than showy and expensive. This has lead me to often ‘borrowing’ old jumpers and cardies from my mum (and sometimes dad) as a method of keeping warm without breaking the bank. These items have been borrowed and quickly returned except for one jumper of my mum’s.

My mum is a tiny, soft and cuddly sort of woman. With the hair on her head barely brushing past the five foot mark we often make an amusing image when together, her small and wobbly, me tall and decked out in three inch heels. Of course there was a time when I was smaller than her, when she’d muddle about our tiny kitchen in this warm knitted jumper, occasionally picking me up and wrapping me in its cosy, familiar warmth. That jumper was always there, picking me up from school, watching weekend cartoons with me, it was an extension and embodiment of my mum. Inevitably through my dramatic and tantrum ridden teenage years the jumper disappeared. However, weeks before leaving home I found it in a bag destined for the charity shops. Overcome by nostalgia I grabbed it and made room in my already overcrowded suitcase for the relic of my childhood.

It was a desperate attempt to hold onto the comfort and safety of home when squashed into a bed sit in King’s Cross. Through sleepless nights and endless packs of Kleenex I’d wrap myself in the soft, knitted memory of home and power on, finding comfort in the jumper I’d seen in so many of my baby pictures.  Since then it has firmly stayed in my wardrobe, serving not only as a gentle reminder of home, but a wardrobe staple; that baggy, unwashed knit that you can throw on at a moment’s notice and quickly embody a ‘Sunday morning’ effortless look.

It’s the item of clothing that has travelled the world with me and will continue to do so. It’s a reminder that clothing can be more than a frock at a party. Interwoven in the wool of that jumper is home, and as the rather cheesy saying goes, ‘home is where the heart is,’ or in my case, my mum’s jumper is.

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Accessories, Affordable Fashions, jewelry

Twenty fashionable gifts under $200 #6-10

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on November 26th, 2008

20 under $200 6.jpgToday we bring you numbers six through ten of our twenty fashionable gifts under $200 gift list.

At number six this ruffle-front tunic from 7 For All Mankind, $149. The A-line silhouette on this top is flattering for plenty of body shapes and the sizing is straightforward small, medium and large so you don’t have to be too precise about your BFF’s size.

Keep reading for numbers seven through ten, and check out numbers one through five here!

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Accessories, Affordable Fashions, How to Wear, jewelry, New Fashions, Sales and Specials

How to wear: the circle skirt

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on April 10th, 2008

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The sun is shining and birds are singing, so we wanted to bring you a bright spring outfit to go along with the weather. Pairing a circle skirt with a more fitted top and flats creates a fun flirty silhouette. Read on to see where each piece is from.

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Affordable Fashions, New Fashions

Bargain Pick of the Week: Old Navy floral print cardigan

By Andrea Thatcher on January 24th, 2008


I’m enjoying the current wave of printed cardigans, and this Old Navy floral print cardigan is no exception. Most of the really lovely options have been from higher end designers, or J.Crew on the cheaper side, which we all know isn’t that cheap. Old Navy is, though! This cardigan comes in a bunch of different colors and is only $29.50. A printed cardi is just as polished and more stylish than a standard twin set, so if you’ve yet to add one to your wardrobe this could be it.

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Find the perfect Thanksgiving-at-the-boyfriend’s outfit at Anthropologie

By Andrea Thatcher on November 9th, 2007

Anthropologie%20outfits1.jpgWith the holidays coming up, there are a lot of family gatherings that require just the right outfit–sophisticated, slightly conservative, but still fashionably you. I remember my first Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family and how nervous I was about spending a major holiday with his entire family and, of course, the big question that lurked in my mind: What to wear?? But don’t worry, Anthropologie has just the right collection of sweater and pant couture (a dress is too much and jeans are too casual) to ease your fashion anxiety. I really like this Mountain Air Wrap with tie on the side for $138. It’s stylish, but not flashy, and can be dressy, but the hoodie adds a slight casualness to make you look like the perfect girl to take home to Mom and Dad. Anthropologie’s trouser pants are also very chic and classy. And this sweater would go great with the Idra Brushed Twill Trousers for $118. Another more conservative, but stylish top is the Innovation Mockneck for $98 in Clover and Paprika. The perfect pants to complete the look are these Charcoal wide-leg Top Hat Trousers by Taikonhu for $148. For more outfit picks, continue to the jump.

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