This $45 Old Navy Cardigan Feels Like Athleisure, but Looks Like Luxury
11th March 2022

As a former New Yorker, I don’t own a lot of colorful clothing. I’m a neutrals kind-of gal with a preference for all-black-everything — but I’m trying hard to change that, especially since spring is near. Right now, it also just-so-happens that everyone’s talking about the dopamine dressing trend for 2022, AKA, the art of dressing in bold, colorful pieces that boost our mood. With this in mind, I’ve been slowly but surely adding some color to my wardrobe. And so far, so good.

My latest investment? Old Navy’s Brushed Shaker-Stich Cardigan ($45), which caught my eye for its overwhelming amount of five-star reviews. So despite my natural inclination to buy it in black or cream, I pressed “Add to Bag” in a pink color dubbed “Dried Rose.” It felt like the perfect piece to own as we transition from winter to spring. (As someone who lives in the Midwest, spring temps aren’t always so lovely. But at least I can dress the part, color-wise?)

When the cardigan arrived, I was pleased to discover it was really thick and super cozy — I honestly didn’t expect it to be as such. The silhouette features chic blouson sleeves that don’t feel uncomfortably tight on your arms and rib-knit cuffs that are the perfect length. Everything about the fit was *chef’s kiss* perfection, and I couldn’t wait to team it with my favorite pair of Old Navy jeans (particularly the Old Navy Extra High-Waisted Sky Hi Ripped Wide-Leg ($50) style).

As for the color? It’s growing on me even more by the minute. There was a second in which I considered exchanging it for cream, but if there’s anyone who needs some more color in their wardrobe, it’s me. (I may or may not be planning a weekend trip to Old Navy to scoop it up in another hue.) But as for the pink, it’s undeniably pretty, perfect-for-spring, and it has this neutral-loving editor’s seal of approval.

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