Outfit: Rouge Noir Dita Cardigan

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be wearing the new Rouge Noir Dita Cardigan today (and yesterday and probably tomorrow). Last week, when Wheels and Dollbaby announced that a new colour Dita would be released, I was very surprised as it hadn’t been long since the Emerald version was released. I only discovered these beautiful cardigans relatively recently so my collection has increased from zero to three in a fairly short period of time. The day the new colour was announced was so exciting. I loved talking to other fans on the Wheels and Dollbaby discussion group guessing what the colour would be and continually refreshing the page to see if it had been announced yet. It seemed like the most important thing in the world for that short period of time. I was very surprised to see that Rouge Noir was the new colour. Initially I was actually very disappointed as I had been hoping for a pastel colour (I can’t believe Wheels and Dollbaby haven’t realised a yellow or a pale purple Dita Cardigan!). Also, the Rouge Noir looked extremely dark on the website and there appeared to be not enough contrast between the main colour and the embroidery. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to buy it (and that’s saying something!) However, as I saw more pictures it definitely appeared lighter so I decided I’d buy it.

I received my new Rouge Noir Dita Cardian a couple of days ago and it is so beautiful in person. I actually think Wheels and Dollbaby were doing themselves a disservice by posting only a very dark stock photo on their website (although I’m sure they’ll have no trouble selling them!) I was surprised to see that it’s the same burgundy shade that’s been my favourite colour for the whole of this winter- I’ve worn my coat that’s this colour most days for months. I’m so pleased I added this one to my Dita collection. I have so many ideas on how I will style this cardigan but I thought I’d start off with a floral dress which picks up the burgundy shade. I also went for my pink/purple tights which I’ve been wearing a lot lately (so warm too!). It’s not the same shade as the cardigan so I wasn’t sure of the combination at first. But I believe it’s close enough so I like how it looks together now. I’ve never been a fan of the popular keyhole look with the Dita Cardigan until now- I never liked how the stock photos showed so much bust. However, I’ve changed my mind and am a fan of the look in some circumstances now. Depending on the number of buttons that are left undone, it definitely doesn’t have to be too low cut. It’ll be a good way to show some of my dress underneath too. I can’t believe the popularity of these cardigans- I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s crazy that some of the more popular colours, which are no longer available, can be sold on ebay for $400. I doubt there would be any other piece of clothing which had such a following.

Today we were finally able to go for our first bike ride. It was so much harder than I’d expected. I know that cycling can be hard but, as this was intended to be a leisurely non-competitive activity, I foolishly thought it’d be a simple matter of wearing pretty vintage clothes to match my bike and sitting there comfortable the whole time. I could not have been more wrong. There were so many hills and it was absolutely exhausting. For my first 3km cycle, I could have run the distance in a faster time! I wish it wasn’t so hard. However, it’ll get easier and it’s going to be a fun activity we can do together once we get into it more.


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Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan in Rouge Noir
Review Bellini Floral Dress
H&M Coloured Tights
B.A.I.T Footwear Gloria Flats in Black

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73 thoughts on “Outfit: Rouge Noir Dita Cardigan

  1. I love the print on your lovely Bellini Floral dress. from Review. The burgundy colour of your Rouge Noir Dita Cardigan from Wheels and Dollbaby and your H+M burgundt tights look pretty with your dress. The burgundy cardigan would also look pretty styled with duck egg blue. Bicycling takes a lot of effort, especially with a vintage bicycle. Negotiating the hills on bicycles will get you into even better sape than you're already in – you look great. Thank you for your comment on my recent post titled “Fbloggers Lingerie Haul, Excuses, Old Pics, Lingerie News and Thanks to Commenters “! 😀


  2. Imogen,
    I chucked when I read your comment because me and Jess were talking about the same thing….comments like “great post” haha. I forgot to add that to my list. Thank you for your thoughts today, and it's nice to hear some of the other pet peeves that my blog friends have so we can learn from one another.

    Now, about this outfit…..You look darling! I really love picture 3. You should frame that, Imogen. The lighting is soft, and your red hair really shows up, and you look so pretty. You rode your bike for the first time! I bet it was exhausting riding up those hills, but it will get easier the more you ride. You are making me want to get a bike of my own. 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend, lovely You.



  3. I loved the Rouge Noir Dita cardi, I like when it has embroidery and the color is very good! I know what you mean, in the site it looks something, and I can understand that the color and the embroidery color may have looked like no contrast, but I liked it here anyway! I also loved the skirt and together with the cardi I think it's again one of your perfectly matched looks, with amazing shoes! So sweet to pose with the bike! You look always very sweet and gorgeous, and I hope you have a very nice weekend, dear Imogen!


  4. You cycled in THIS outfit?? I have to wear flat, non-slip on shoes and something breathable!! We have some steep hills near me and my husband thinks nothing of dragging me on a 25k ride!! Ahrgh!!!

    The cardigan really is gorgeous, I'm glad you managed to obtain one in your size and you've styled it beautifully!!x


  5. I love this cardigan on you Imogen, it looks so pretty! I love the embroidery on it and it goes so well with your skirt. Love the shots with your bike too. I remember my first bike-ride and how much my thighs hurt afterwards, haha, I thought it would be easy and comfy too! Hope you get to use it more and it gets comfier for you! – Tasha


  6. Beautiful skirt. I love the prints. Sometimes I wonder if I still remember how to ride a bike. Going up the hill with a bike is never as fun as going down the hill. Lol! That, I remember. I hope you are enjoying the new fall season!!


  7. It's so cute that you wore such a pretty outfit to cycle. Sometimes when I see people with such beautiful bicycles and wearing nice dresses and skirts to cycle, I know I could never be like that. Firstly, it is because of our very hot and humid weather. Secondly, our cycling paths are all parks and also cycling tracks and not like those pretty meadows I often see in movies. I'm glad that you got out to cycle and exercise a fair bit. It's so funny when you said you could run faster than you cycle.

    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière


  8. Imogem the sweater is a great color for you… I like the little key hole part.. it looks very pretty on you.♡ Kudos to biking, I could never wear a dress to ride one… there are way too many hills in Halifax.. xox


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