✯ Day 15 of Vintage 365 ✯
Cardigans are my friends. Be it a bone chilling day in January or a steaming hot August evening, there's a fairly good chance that I've got a cardigan on - or at least have one within reach. These classically tailored wardrobe workhorses are staples that I really couldn't fathom getting dressed without. They add instant vintage charm to everything from satin blouses to sundresses (of course they can also look smashing when worn buttoned up from top to bottom and worn much like a sweater), and can be dressed up or down in virtually endless array of stylish ways.
If, like me, you also have a soft spot in your heart (and a chunk of closet space devoted to) cardigans, then you, my fellow sweater girl, may be in need of a old school little cardi bling. Enter the sweeter guard (aka, cardigan or sweater clip), a darling little accessory that is scarcely scene these days, but was once quite popular amongst women of all ages.
This clever contraption consists of a short length of chain that is joined to two (generally decorative) clips, each of which attaches to one side of your cardigan. Aside from serving as a beautiful piece of jewelry, this device is also useful for keeping your sweater drawn round you (without actually having to do the buttons up - which can be especially handy if you have a lovely garment on under your sweater that you'd like to ensure is the star of your ensemble that day).
The whimsically charming, (faux) pearl bedecked 1950s number in today’s post is amongst the most beautiful sweater guards I've ever seen – and would certainly be a marvelous addition to any vintage lover’s jewelry box. Like many awesome vintage treasures, this gorgeous butterfly sweater clip is available on etsy, where you can pick it up for $18.99 from seller Hey Viv's great shop.