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APRIL 24, 2020
BY LAUREN BLACK
It may be summer in Los Angeles and the Arctic tundra in New York right now, but at some point in between, it was supposed to be spring. Originally, this season's collections had called for crafty knits, lacey touches, and prairie girl energy. Although most of our favorite springtime festivities—and the outfits that go along with them—have been all but canceled this year, one particular trend has still managed to blossom from the safety of our homes. Perhaps it's no surprise, as we bake our breads and tidy our rooms, that daintily embroidered and classically crocheted cardigans have never felt more right for our new domestic lives. Somehow, they dress up our sweatpants and leggings. Surely, they'll make a perfect pairing with jeans and cutoffs come summer and fall. And like the IRL flowers I've been discovering on my daily walks, now that we're forced to pay attention to the magical little details of life, these cardis have been bringing a little extra joy to my daily feed. I'm all but convinced I need one—and although the attention to detail skews the most popular versions towards an expensive price range, if you're looking for one this weekend, too, try scouring Etsy for a truly vintage version from a small biz that could use the love.

The Dainty Embroidery.
Redesigned with cropped cuts, sheer fabrics, or unbuttoned intentions, these aren't exactly your Grandma's cardigans anymore.
TACH CLOTHING Alba Cardigan, $244
URBAN OUTFITTERS Embroidered Cardigan, $59
The Cool Crochet.
If you're not ready to commit to true embroidery, opt for a crochet with fun colors or cheeky details.
ZARA Knit Jacket, $36
MAJORELLE Elyson Cardigan, $160
The Chunky Embroidery.
Pair with your comfiest jeans or softest leggings and pretend spring is in full bloom.
LOVESHACKFANCY Flossie Sweater, $495
FOR LOVE & LEMONS Savannah Cardigan, $221
The Simple Style.
A subtle nod to the trend will be perfect for when we return to our offices.
VINCE Cable Cardigan, $207
PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Embroidered Sweater, $69
The Tank Version.
We may not have festivals this year, but at least we've agreed to update their overdone, bohemian uniforms with pastel crochets and feminine touches.
ZARA Embroidered Top, $26
HOUSE OF SUNNY Palma Tank, $84

The inspiration.
Yes, influencing still works wonders on me in quarantine. 
@annelauremais
@champagnemani
@matildadjerf
@alyssainthecity

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