A Surrealist, Ladylike Cardigan

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A prim, buttoned-up cardigan is the last thing I'd ever find myself adding to my wardrobe. They come in handy during the summer when most offices are frigid, but the silhouette tends to feel matronly when they're the centerpiece of an outfit. Then I spotted this lips-emblazoned version by Italian label Vivietta. The playful, surreal brand by former Roberto Cavalli designer Vivi Ponti uses everything from manicured fingers to oversized bows as motifs. While the pout print has been done by everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Prada to Sonia Rykiel, it never fails to draw my eye with its cheeky vibe. I'd forgo wearing it with a skirt and pair it with slouchy boyfriend jeans —  all the better to play up the boy-meets-girl contrast.

Vivetta black Florian lips cardigan, $335 at Avenue 32