Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Striped Cardigan: Ann Taylor vs. F21

Quickie post here (so sad that I don't have a Color Brigade post today but it's been nuts over here lately).

Oh stripes, you tug at my heartstrings every time I see you.  Have you noticed that the vast majority of spring collections (at least in the mall) have many varieties of striped garments?  My favorites have a combination of blue / white or cream.  I noticed that both Ann Taylor and F21 had a version of a navy/white striped open cardigan but with a pretty considerable price difference.  AT's was $78 and F21 was $14:

Left:  Ann Taylor Striped Open Cardigan       Right:  Forever 21 (can't find on site)

To me, they look almost identical except that the AT collar is not striped.  As for material, the F21 version isn't bad - the knit is a bit thin.  I didn't take a close look/feel at the AT cardi so can't attest for quality.  For the price and look, I'm going with F21 because I don't really anticipate wearing this for years and years.  So here's one more cardigan to add to the collection (current count is a whopping 82, up from 55 in September - hence the "no more lukewarm purchases" resolution LOL).

Which cardigan would you choose?

21 comments:

  1. wow, i love the striped cardigan!! i'll have to see if i can find it at my F21! and you have quite a cardi collection. you should even layer up on your cardigans to get more wear out of them. :)

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  2. I kind of like the Ann Taylor more. I like the how the collar hangs and how it isn't stripe.

    But the F21 looks nice too. For the price, I'll go with F21.

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  3. I am with you...I love blue/white/cream stripe combos!!

    $14 is super cheap! Thanks for the heads up!

    It looks great with the gold/mustard shirt!

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  4. Great find! I actually like your F21 one a lot. I like the lack of structure. Ann Taylor is very expensive for casual wear ... I try to stick to it just for necessary suiting and work pieces. The F21 one is an excellent and affordable dupe.

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  5. They look so similar why not go for the budget friendly F21 since it's not a wardrobe staple?

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  6. This is awesome! I love the nautical theme. I think both of these brands duped it off another "higher" quality brand. LOL I like them both, but since they look the same, why not get the F21? ;D

    xx The Little Dust Princess

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  7. Hi SPG! I would probably choose the AT over the F21. Every time I shop at F21, I always check the tags before buying. If it's made of polyester, nylon or rayon, then it's a pass for me. I'm not a fan of these fabrics as they are static-y, and tend to fuzz after a few washes.

    The sweater looks great on you. F21 is on point for design, but I wish they'd use better materials too.

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  8. I tried the AT one in the store and it's strangely boxy. Also, the non-petite version has a better length to it and the petite one seemed a bit too short in the front. So, I would probably go for the F21 one because it'd be slimmer than the AT one. =)

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  9. 82 cardigans?? oh my. i can't tell if i'm jealous, amused, or simply in awe... <3 i think i have maybe 5?

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  10. Oh my goodness... 82 cardigans?! Crazy girl!!! Your closet must be overflowing. Would love to see how you store them all! Anyway, this is a pretty great cardigan... stripes are always such a nice touch to contrast with bright colours or other patterns!

    Have a lovely day!
    Jen

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  11. Great price point!! 82??? Wow!!! But this one is a really great choice. I'm loving stripes too but I'm not sure I would "invest" in too many pieces.

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  12. LOL! 82 cardigans!! And not a single blue striped nautical one yet? Just kidding. I'd go for the F21 one. It gives you the exact same look of the AT cardigan for such a great price! Plus, the floppy collar and pointed hem aren't classic silhouettes so I don't see this shape sticking around forever.

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  13. Well, you know me and my thrifty ways. I would never pay $78 for a cardigan, so of course I would opt for the Forever21 version.

    I am pretty excited about the striped trend because once again my ability to predict trends worked. I bought a cashmere navy and white striped sweater from A&F off of eBay back in July for $30 (MSRP $60). I bought it because it looked almost identical to the Milly striped sweater that Emma Pillsbury wore on Glee. I've worn it a few times since purchasing but haven't blogged about it yet. When I saw the spring collections I was so excited because I already had my striped sweater. YAY.

    Then I was in Savers this weekend (supposed to be on a shopping ban myself, but I actually went with the fiance looking for other things) and I found a cream colored BR sweater with black stripes. I have no idea how old it is but it has buttoned shoulder/turtleneck similar to my other BR cream turtleneck. I grabbed it and am going to make it part of "my spring collection."

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  14. I prefer the F21 version too! And I can't believe you have 82 cardigans! My dresses problem and your cardigan dilemma are equally serious. :)

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  15. what a great find! it's identical. i prefer the f21 version because its cheaper and you can't tell the difference. i love stripes too. this looks great on you!

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  16. Personally I love the Ann Taylor cardi, i like it just a bit more than the F21... But for the price I would go with Forever 21!

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  17. Oh no, are you caught in that nasty blizzard? If so, I hope you and your family stay warm!!

    I remember seeing this cardi at AT. It felt really nice to the touch but I wasn't a fan of the price. F21's is a great dupe and looks good on you. If you like it, I say keep it!

    I can't believe you have 82 cardis!!! I think I have around 6 and shake my head every time I'm about to buy another one. Must use you as inspiration :)

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  18. WOW! How did you manage to find such identical items? That is amazing!!! I like the side by side view- so helpful:)

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  19. Kileen - I hope you can find the cardi at your local F21 bc I think you'd look great in it!

    A. Li - Thanks for weighing in! I should have tried on the AT one and investigated it further for a better comparison.

    Michelle - Yay for stripes! :) Thank you - I really like the contrasting colors too.

    Jean - Thanks! That's where I'm leaning too - I don't anticipate this becoming a classic staple so I think F21 is a good option.

    Amyadkins - Thanks for dropping by and commenting! I agree!

    Jessy - Thanks! I think the F21 is a keeper :)

    Jen - Hi Jen! :) I agree with you - I don't think F21 is really meant for buying garments to wear for a long period of time. You get what you pay for and that's generally about a season's worth which I think is fine for this type of thing since I'm not planning for this to be worn over several seasons.

    Stylepint - Thanks for the AT review! I wish I had tried it on when I saw it but I knew I wasn't going to purchase at full price so didn't want to tempt myself.

    Kat - LOL! I'm a bit of a hoarder especially when it comes to clothes :)

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  20. herwaisechoice - Thanks for dropping by and commenting! My closet is a bit jam-packed - I have such a hard time getting rid of anything. I always feel like even things that don't fit can be refashioned into something else.

    Curls-and-Pearls - It's too late for me on the stripes - I've been collecting them for years now :)

    Petite Mom - Strange that you should mention it, but I do have a cream cardigan with blue stripes which is a bit similar :) I agree with you that this isn't a classic shape that will stay for seasons to come.

    Kerry - Have you had much luck with F21? I seem to recall you had a review where nothing was quite right. Excited to see your new striped items in future posts!

    Elle - LOL - to each her own right? I don't know why I amass cardigans. I think it's because they are very layer-friendly for fall, winter, and spring.

    Ping - Thanks so much! I'm going to stick with the F21 :)

    Michelle - Price definitely is a factor especially when factored in with how much I'm planning on wearing this :)

    Cee - No blizzard here but we did get a nasty ice storm a couple days ago. I don't know if "inspiration" is the right word LOL - I'm pretty sure 82 is excessive :D I love what you have because you get so much use out of everything and it always looks fresh!

    Annie - Thanks! I just have a thing for stripes and tend to notice them wherever I go :)

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  21. Lol... you are still the cardigan queen I see! I myself acquired an unhealthy number of cardigans just in the last few months, so do need to cut back a bit. If I were to pick one, I'd go with the F21 like you said because I save my big bucks for more classic and versatile pieces that will hopefully last me a long time.

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