A few years ago, I participated in a panel discussion on careers in litigation at my alma mater. One of the other panelists, reflecting on how awesomely his life had turned out, told the assembled students, “You have to be in the right place at the right time.” The despair of these soon-to-be graduates was palpable, so I felt compelled to point out that “being in the right place at the right time” isn’t a job search strategy or even a career path, but rather a backward-looking rationalization — and that the students should take heart because what might appear to be luck is often the result of commitment, flexibility, and the ability to pounce on an opportunity when it appears.
The same is true of little cardigans. Like many job opportunities, you can’t will them to appear and in hindsight they all seem like lucky finds. Maybe, maybe not.
Little cardigans — by which I mean cropped and fitted cardigans — are just the thing to wear over a sleeveless dress or blouse. I may be particularly fond of this style because I am short, but I think the proportions work on women of every height. Taller women may find, however, that a regular cardigan in a size down from their regular size may achieve the same look.
And now a retrospective of The Directrice in a variety of little cardigans!
I have accumulated a number of these useful things over the years, but mine, unfortunately, are no longer available in retail locations. So I went looking for some close facsimiles for you and this is what I found:
And for anyone who liked my oddly-shaped, funnel neck, micro-cardigan from Anthropologie, I found some excellent stand-ins.