Thanks to summer camp, my daughter recently discovered, and fell in love with, Grease—the original High School Musical as far as I’m concerned. We downloaded it as a rental onto my iPad and she watched it a few times on the long plane ride to Athens. (“Grease to Greece,” as she said.) It might be revisiting this classic of my youth, plus the Mad Men frenzy, but I have been thinking a lot about the fifties influence in fashion. Specifically cashmere cardigans. (I own a few from the 1950′s that belonged to my mother, and they have been in a steady rotation in my wardrobe for the last 20 years.)
I just love the classic, simple and chic look of a cashmere cardigan, not to mention the versatility. They look great with jeans, dresses and skirts—and I’ve always been an advocate of wearing one backwards for an alternative look. So when I saw this video for the cashmere collection at Lord and Taylor on Taxi TV, I was completely smitten. The catchy tune and rockabilly-inspired styling totally charmed me. But what I loved most was the fact that the cashmere cardigan was being celebrated. You might say I felt a stylistic synergy of sorts. So much so that as soon as I got home, before unpacking my suitcase filled with summer clothes, I went through my stack of sweaters and started to plot some Fall ensembles featuring my cashmere cardigans. See a selection of cashmere cardigans (all on sale!) after the jump.