What To Wear With: A Long Cardigan (And Look Chic, Not Frumpy)

August 28, 2009 by SheFindsSusannah
shefinds | Style

A long cardigan is a versatile, perennially practical item which has the potential to look great when styled right – think sexy librarian instead of “frump.”  And what with overzealous office air-conditioning and cool late-summer nights that take you by surprise, a long cardigan is a perfect emergency layer to keep folded up in your bag.

Start simple, with a long, lean gray knit.  You can accessorize this in almost any direction you choose, though a geometric ring will stand out well (better than a nearly-hidden bracelet.)  A solid-color long cardigan looks good over a printed dress that’s almost the same length. Be sure to go with a dress with a bit of structure, so you’re not rocking the drapey-hippie look.  A nipped waist will add some nice definition under the sweater.

Last, a slightly edgy bag, with interesting hardware details, and practical but unique-looking flats will keep the entire look thoroughly modern.

autumn cashmere gray bamboo grandfather cardigan

Autumn Cashmere Bamboo-Cashmere Grandfather Cardigan ($132)

hanii y floral print dress

Hanii Y Floral-Print Dress ($240)


DV by Dolce Vita Hazel Flats ($77)


Juicy Couture Pad Lock Crossbody Bag ($158)

charlotte russe woven enamel ring

Charlotte Russe Woven Enamel Ring ($4)


Lauren by Ralph Lauren Knot Chain Necklace ($78)

In case you’ve got questions about other items, don’t forget to check out our other posts on how to wear different sorts of apparel, from booties to boyfriend blazers.

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