Upgrading work wardrobe, in need of cardigans. I think.
Basically I am asking this question
from a 2011 tall person perspective.
I start a new job next week where people dress classier than my previous workplaces - not suit and tie, but slightly-dressy business professional. As a result, I seriously need to upgrade my cardigan situation. I'm also open to cardigan alternatives, such as things I can wear with skirts or over dresses. Where do you suggest I look? Have you hit any cardigan motherlodes lately?
I'm tall and pretty thin, so I have a really hard time finding tops where the arms and torso are long enough but the torso isn't too baggy/boxy. Three-quarter sleeves might work, but often cubicle air-conditioning demands full sleeves, you know?
I've hit up the local thrift and consignment stores, and the cardigans there were very sad - worn, pilled, and not office-worthy (I found some good tops to wear under them, though). I'm tired of Target sweaters looking misshapen after a month or two. I've had mixed luck with H&M and no real success there in the last couple years. My arms are too long for most of Ann Taylor. I'm too thin for Eddie Bauer tall sizes, which start at Medium Tall. I found one regular-sized cardigan on sale at Banana Republic a couple weeks ago, but it wasn't flattering enough to buy in multiples.
Any thoughts or even ideas on how to move beyond the cardigan would be appreciated. Depending on awesomeness and quality (i.e. this sucker will last for years), I am willing to pay up to, say, $80.