Are Grandpa cardigans chic over 40, or do they just make you look old ? Here’s a brown one I bought recently and some styling tips to look modern and cool!
1. Don’t Go Too Oversize
A Grandpa Cardigan is supposed to look a little oversized, like it has been borrowed from Grandpa’s closet, but you don’t want it to look too big, loose, or sloppy. I chose this one because it is more streamlined than some long cardigans. I was careful to buy the right size, so I didn’t look dowdy. This sweater also is cotton, making it a little less bulky and more feminine, which I like.
2. Keep it Slim Underneath
Suppose you want a more streamlined look with a grandpa cardigan; you must keep what you wear under your cardigan light, thin, and close to the body. For example, I wear skinny jeans, not wide-leg ones, with my long brown cardigan. I’ve also paired it with a thin, lightweight blouse, not a thick, heavy sweater.
3. Choose a Feminine Top
I like feminine clothes and love the juxtaposition of a feminine top worn with a masculine grandpa sweater. This pretty blouse is not too fussy but not male. It strikes the perfect balance.
4. Print/Color Makes it Modern
One of the reasons I bought this particular long brown cardigan is I fell in love with the color. It’s a gorgeous light golden brown, reminding me of acorns and cattails. A fresh, trendy color like this or a beautiful print like the one in my blouse goes a long way in making a grandpa sweater look chic.
5. Mules Look Chic
Mules are trending this fall, and these pointy suede ones give my cozy, long, brown sweater a sophisticated look.
There are many ways to style a long brown sweater like this, but this is an elegant, feminine way.