Itemized: J Crew Summer Cardigan

June 23, 2009

Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would've done a column on who we're dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Matthew writes about his sweet J Crew cardigan with wood toggles and rope.

I pretty much just wear blue. In this photo I'm wearing a white button down but that's pretty unusual. Light blue oxford shirt most days, blue jeans, white sneakers. This super dark blue sweater is the perfect vibe because it gives me a different color blue. I'm not really too much for flair, so if I can just vary the palettes that is enough for me.

Ok so the color is one thing. The second thing is the rope and the toggles. I know those are two things but I like to look at them as a cohesive unit. They sort of are a cohesive unit, actually, because you button, or whatever you would call it, the sweater with both of them. I wear a lot of cardigans (which I know sounds kind of sissy but sweatshirts just not cutting it for me and full sweaters aren't either. I like a v-neck or a button down, crewneck is too constricting) and they have kind of cheap buttons. Usually I end up not buttoning them because it looks too tight or weird and I like a little bit of flow. Not to front like I don't wear tight clothes because I do but more like tight pants baggy shirt. So this sweater, you can rope it shut which is kind of bad ass and it's not even roped shut with a button it's with some sanded drift wood. That's some dude shit.

Third shit is that this shit is made out of a linen/cotton blend. Summer sweater, holler! I am going to Cape Cod next week to chill on a porch and I am fully intending to wear this shit at night when it gets cold because the house is close to the ocean and that means wind. This is like a terrycloth robe except you can wear it out of the house. Not that I am concerned about what I look like or anything.

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Posted: June 23, 2009
Itemized: J Crew Summer Cardigan