NIce 7 expensive!~~ Says alot about you.
I'm a long-time J. Crew employee so I've seen just about every cardigan sold between 2002-2011. While J. Crew clothes are in general of good quality, there are a few things you should look out for.
1. The Jackie Cardigan: It works with just about everything because it's available in just about every color, but if you've paid attention to J. Crew pricing, you'll see that the cost of the Jackie has increased by about $20 over the past 5 years. Plus the quality, IMHO, has decreased substantially.
2. The buttons: If your cardi has any kind of embellished button, be careful not to lose one. The crystal embellished buttons are notorious for falling apart.
3. The thinner the knit, the weaker the seams: This is true for pretty much any garment, but I've found my cashmere in particular has the most problems.
Other than that, I love my J. Crew cardis! And I can't wait to use my employee discount after the holidays ;)
J. Crew has a reputation of being reliable and consistent. And truly, it is. Their cardigan always fits about the same so it never disappoints. Doesn't matter how boring sometimes they look on the hanger, they always turn out chic once on. I don't know how they do it but this happens time over time. However, I am not completely in love with their cashmere. J. Crew cashmere is what I would like to call economy. They are nice, but for a little more, you can afford much better.
A really cute, cropped cardigan with a white and green floral design. Perfect for spring and summer, even fall! Adds fun flair to a plain t-shirt and brings down the formalness of a fancy dress