Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Closet Need: Mustard Cardigan

image via j.crew
My husband was trying to get me to understand the difference between "wants" and "needs" and I think I pretty much got it down.

I WANT a pair of black boots.
I NEED a pair of black flats.

I WANT a grey cardigan.
I NEED a mustard cardigan.

I WANT a skinny red belt.
I NEED a skinny black belt.

My husband seems to think I've gotten it wrong. "You don't NEED any of those things. You need food and water, but you don't need clothes." Uh... actually, yes. I would prefer not to walk around nekkid, thanks.

I think I'm pretty good. I only have it narrowed down to 3 things I absolutely NEED right now.

One is a mustard or yellow cardigan. I stupidly passed over the perfect mustard cardigan in the clearance section of Target a few months ago, in favor of a cream one.. and totally regret it. I remember thinking at the time, "I don't know what I'd wear with this mustard color... and plus, I'm Asian with a yellowish skin tone, so wearing any shade of yellow cannot be good."

After I passed it over (with regret), I began to notice when people wore that color, and even more so if they were Asian or had a similar skin tone. It actually complimented the color of their skin, and looked SO GOOD. See examples below:

via Adored Austin

via In Pursuit of Pretty Things

via cute and little

22 September 2010
via Academichic

Love love love! Now I'm on the hunt for the perfect mustard cardigan. Watch out, Black Friday sales!


  1. Target still has the cardigan that I'm wearing and it's a pretty good price: http://bit.ly/fsGdES

    and thanks for featuring me in your post! I feel so honored! :)


  2. I have been looking for the perfect mustard cardigan for months! I like the J Crew, that is a must have.


  3. I know, right? I want a mustard cardigan so much it's a little ridiculous...it's probably the one yellow tone that works really well with Asian skin!

  4. I absolutely love mustard cardis...and tights for that matter. Such a great color that can be paired with everything.


  5. You're so funny! This is my first visit to your blog and I'm so happy to have found you.
    Thank you for helping me better understand the "want v. need" thing. I feel MUCH better about my ever growing "need" list now.
    Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

  6. Oh I'm so glad I found your cute blog! I'm your newest follower ;)

    I love this yellow cardi. Now I must have one, as well.

  7. haha i love this. sometimes i have post-shopping regret so bad that i DREAM about the stuff i didn't get. then i wake up, excited to have new clothes, only to realize that it was only a dream.

  8. I got my mustard cardigan last fall, but NY&Co. often recycles its styles, so they might have it back in stock?

  9. I hear you! I've a pretty pronounced "need" for a mustard cardigan as well. :D There was one at Old Navy with a little tulle rosette on it that I really liked...but I've sworn off their cardigans. They're all tissue-weight and crappy.

    Also, I adoooore the design of your blog! Shame you don't design stuff for Tumblr...[kicks rock]

    nat // juxta-posing.tumblr.com

  10. I totally agree! I "need" to start up a section of my closet just for beautifully colored cardigans!

  11. Oh I love that color!

    And thanks for telling me about the Remixer Feed. It's made my life so much easier. I thought I knew how to work a computer until this whole blog thing.

  12. Kimmie, you know about my inability to work with bright colors but after this post, i think you've convinced me: I NEED a mustard cardigan.

  13. I'm pretty sure mustard cardigan falls into the NEED category alongside food and water.

  14. J.Crew has an amazing mustard cardigan http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/Sale/AllProducts/PRDOVR~32325/99102201240/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~30~~20+17+4294967133~15~~~~~~~/32325.jsp, its called the Montreaux cardigan. I know its shown in gray here, but I got it in mustard in the store. And on sale, no less.

  15. Thanks everyone for the tips!

    @kileen- Target is sold out!

    @sky - I did see those at my jcrew sale section last week, but only in white or grey (can't remember) but I def did not see mustard :(

  16. oh my! I NEED a mustard color cardi and a pair of black boots and flats too!!!

    Just Better Together

  17. I think mustard looks good with people with pale skin so it would be perfect for you!

    And you look super good with all the cardigans. Can't wait to see it once you get it!

  18. oh my! I NEED a mustard color cardi and a pair of black boots and flats too!!!

    Just Better Together

  19. I'm pretty sure mustard cardigan falls into the NEED category alongside food and water.

  20. I got my mustard cardigan last fall, but NY&Co. often recycles its styles, so they might have it back in stock?

  21. Hi Kimmie, I am Ada, nice to meet you cutie. This is my very first post in your blog and tonight I started reading you from the very beggining and yes I am a new follower as well as a new blogger.

    I had to comment here since a nice, pretty mustard cardigan is in my Must Want and Must Need list. I have to google and see several options online and decide.

    BTW, love your style and I can't believe it you do it on such a low budget of 600$ a month.

    Please start following me at Elegance Personified. I appreciate it, Ada. =)

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