Save or Splurge: purple cardigans

Purple_cardigansIn comparing these two cardigans, we have to admit up front that we’re not technically comparing like with like, because one is 95% cashmere, while the other is a cotton/nylon mix. (No prizes for guessing which is which). The styles are broadly similar though: these are the so-called “girlfriend” cardigans (or “boyfriend” cardigans if you prefer) so beloved of The Fashion Police. We’ll be wearing these all winter over skinny jeans and dresses, but we have to admit, we’re much more likely to be spending £22 than £485 on them, cashmere or not.

What about you? Which of these two cardigans would you buy, assuming that you’d buy either of them? Do you think a basic cardi is worth splashing the cash on, or is it something you look to buy cheap and wear out? Or, to put it another way: would you save or splurge?

Product details: L’Wren Scott cardigan, £485, Net-a-Porter; Purple girlfriend cardigan, £22, Dorothy Perkins

14 Comments

  • August 14, 2008

    Mrs. S

    Save!
    I don’t like the buttons on the cashmere one anyways. Not to mention-how often are you really going to wear a purple cardigan to make it worth that kind of money?

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  • August 14, 2008

    Whit

    I have to agree with Mrs. S. The buttons on the cashmere one are too much. I much prefer the “cheap” one

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  • August 14, 2008

    Kuri

    I prefer the style of the cheaper one. The best thing would be that style with the cashmere of the pricy one. I don’t have time in the morning to do up 30-odd buttons, for one thing and the longer neckline of the cheaper one will lengthen the torso nicely.

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  • August 14, 2008

    Am

    Well I do like me some cashmere – but I can’t afford that kind of money on a cardigan, so by default it would have to be ‘Save’ – If I had that kind of money? I don’t know – I can’t imagine ever spending that much on a cardigan.

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  • August 14, 2008

    Janet C

    Maybe I’m odd, but I don’t like wool in any form, not even cashmere. And I, too, like the style of the sweater on the right.

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  • August 14, 2008

    Amanda

    Definitely save, for a couple reasons: I like the cheaper one better, and I know that as soon as I put on the lovely cashmere a hole or run would appear. It’s just inevitable with me.

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  • August 14, 2008

    Han

    The cheaper one is definitely cuter. But I’m cheaper still; I’d call that a splurge. 😉

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  • August 14, 2008

    Kelly

    I agree with Amanda! I wouldn’t spend $44 on a cardigan to begin with, but even if they were both the same price I’d go for the one on the right. I really don’t like the cashmere one.

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  • August 14, 2008

    Jilly

    I am going to jump on the bandwagon here and say that the cheaper on is waaaaay cuter. The color is better and the style is much more feminine and modern (the other one looks it would make you have no shape).

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  • August 14, 2008

    Sarah

    I too agree with the rest of the responses thus far. The Save option on the right is so much cuter!

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  • August 14, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    Sadly, you can’t really buy knitwear for very much less than the £22 in the UK, I’m afraid, unless you go to somewhere like Primark or Matalan… Dotty Ps is regarded as the lower end of the price scale, before you get to the real cheapies!
    Just out of interest, what kind of price would you all generally pay for a basic cardi?

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  • August 14, 2008

    Beth

    Yep. Definitely the Dorothy Perkins one. Though I’m convinced the ‘spensive one would look much better if it was shown on a model. I bought a really nice cardi from Zara for £12. They had lots of lovely bright colours, but they were shorter than these. I also got a long one from Primark for £8, but we wont talk about that…

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  • August 15, 2008

    Carol

    I have to go against the grain here and vote for the cashmere one. I wear cardigans almost every day because my office, like FPHQ, is cold both winter and summer. That sweater would get so much use that I’d pony up the extra money to make sure it was good quality and would last. But I’d switch out the buttons to some that matched better.

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  • August 15, 2008

    gokarm

    The only reason that dorothy perkins one looks so cute is because it’s pinned and tucked onto the mannequin body. It doesn’t actually LOOK like that, I’m guessing. So…personally, I prefer the cashmere one as well, INCLUDING the buttons…but i’m not a big cardigan wearer. They always look a little dumpy or prissy on me.

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