A Comfy but Hideous Cardi

A Comfy but Hideous Cardi


We’ve all got at least one (well I hope we all do, or that makes me a bit weird)…a comfy but hideous cardi, that we hide from the world.  Generally it’ll be ancient. It probably has holes. It might even smell a bit. And we would never, ever, ever be seen wearing it in public. Not even dead. But we just can’t let it go.

With me, it’s a cream Ralph Lauren zipper cardigan-come-hoodie – which sounds ok, but it’s not. It’s sooooo not my style. Or colour. Or brand. And it certainly doesn’t do anything for me.

I got it in a sale in an outlet shop years ago for about 20 quid. I only bought it because I was cold, it was cashmere and erm, 20 quid. Now, a decade or so later, I am still wearing the revolting thing, despite a line of gaping holes along the shoulder seams, a huge one under an arm, a coating of bobbly bits and baggy cuffs and waistband (I’ve tried to kill it off with high temperature washes).

Why do I keep it let alone wear it? I have absolutely no idea. It’s not at if it holds any happy memories or I consider it my Lucky Jumper.  I’m certainly not short on the old knitwear front – I have a wardrobe packed with some rather nice cardis and jumpers .

Nice knitwear

A pretty pink one with no holes; a rather fetching sky blue one, that’s as comfy as the horrid hoody; and even a nice newish peach one, ideal for a Scottish summer. Some of them actually suit me.

Nor am I am not a hoarder – I’ve read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. I’m on first name terms with the women in the local charity shop. I have my own ebay seller account. So it really does defy logic that, when I am having a night in with wine, crisps and Netflix, the rotten Ralphy, over a hideous M&S vest, paired with some over-sized trackies (actually not that over-sized after the wine and crisps) is the only loungewear that ticks the box.

Despite it being a truly hideous hoodie – I won’t even answer the door to the Amazon-man in it – wearing makes me feel relaxed and at home and COMFY.


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  1. Pierre
    29 April 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Excellent x

    • Jill
      29 April 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Merci Pierre

  2. Karen
    29 April 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I have that one cardigan too Jill x

  3. Pauline
    30 April 2017 / 5:29 am

    Love it

    • Jill
      30 April 2017 / 10:20 am


  4. 8 March 2018 / 11:26 am

    We all have that cardigan! I have one I picked up 8 years ago at a Target and it’s my favourite. But it’s not something that should be seen in public. So I wear it when it’s dark out and I go for my walks. Plus indoors when it’s cold and I want to curl up on the sofa and watch a movie! These are mysterious reasons why we stick to hideous comfort clothes.

    • Jill
      8 March 2018 / 11:35 am

      Some clothing just feels ‘comfy’ for no good reason. Great to know you have a hideous cardi too! Jill

  5. 8 March 2018 / 11:27 am

    Fraid I have a little collection. Right at the moment I am cold (just back from Rodrigues) and sleeping with one of them over my nightie. They are all cashmere, mostly slightly moth eaten and OH SO COSY!

    • Jill
      8 March 2018 / 3:41 pm

      Delighted to know I am not the only hoarder of horrible cardis! There’s something about a cardi with holes that makes it even more comforting. Bizarre but true!

  6. 8 March 2018 / 11:32 am

    Mine was a tan coloured hoodie, with Rusty on the front. A hoodie I bought at a surf shop in the Outer Banks, NC. I had that thing for over 20 years, holes and all. I do not surf. But it was comfy, so comfy and warm. I finally parted ways with my favorite hoodie when we moved to Germany. I thought it best to not have such an ugly piece of clothing if I was going to try and blend in with the European locals. I still miss it.

    • Jill
      8 March 2018 / 3:42 pm

      That’s funny. I’m betting you miss that horrible ol’ hoodie 🙂 Cheers for popping by Jx

  7. Sonia Boal
    8 March 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Ooooh I can totally relate to this. I have a vile maroon cashmere jumper, it does nothing for me t all, but there is no chance that I am getting rid, it is far too comfortable. Its also code with the husband, if I have that on, it’s a sing that I’m feeling somewhere between ‘below par – quite frail’ if I have to resort to wearing it – so he knows to tread gently when it makes an appearance

    • Jill
      8 March 2018 / 3:44 pm

      Haha I love the fact that your vile jumper conveys an unspoken messsage.

  8. 8 March 2018 / 6:20 pm

    I have a blue Craghopper fleece which I wore for almost a week solid during the recent snowy period. I’d put in on as soon as I came in from work, only removing it to change into pyjamas and put it back on. I’d then sleep in it, and mournfully remove it to put on proper daytime clothes. Weekends meant not removing it at all, except for a quick shower and a spritz of Dove. I can’t even remember when I brought or where from but it materialised in my wardrobe one day….

    • Jill
      8 March 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Haha. That sounds eminently sensible to me!! And yes sometimes hideous items just appear on the wardrobe but we can’t help but love ‘em! Jx

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