Ahh, those skinny runway models. They always seem to make wearing long, and loose cardigans look like a breeze, when we all know for the average midlifer, it’s not quite that easy. Lumps, bumps, and shoulders that slope can make a swingy sweater look more like a sloppy, frumpy old housecoat if you don’t know how to style one right.
If you can relate and have shied away from wearing long cardigans, it’s time to take a second look. Here are a few reasons to love cardigans, along with some tips on how to wear them without looking sloppy.
Reasons to Love Long Cardigans…
There are plenty of good reasons to embrace a long cardigan:
- They’re warm and cozy. You’ll want to live in them all winter!
- They’re a great way to deal with a sleeveless top, which I know many of you aren’t big on because you prefer to cover your arms.
- They give an outfit more presence. They are not as commanding as a jacket, but since they are semi-structured, they do give you some power, albeit in a gentler way.
- Long cardigans are also perfect for traveling. When you are on a plane, train or in the car, you want something light, warm, and comfy, and a long cardigan is it!
- If you steer clear of long cardigans because, in your mind, an oversize knit = ten pounds heavier, then know this: a long cardigan can actually be very slimming.
How to Style a Long Cardigan and Look Fabulous….
1. Wear Skinny Jeans or Leggings With Women’s Long Cardigans
Warm, wooly cardigans add an extra layer. With all that bulk up top, you don’t want a bulky on your bottom half too. Wearing wide-leg pants or baggy jeans with a long cardigan will just make you look dumpy. A slim jean with a wide leg flare can work if you want a boho vibe, but even then, you need to wear heels to get the look right. The easiest and chicest thing to do is stick with skinny jeans or leggings. And if you want to look edgier, make them faux leather leggings. Leggings, in general, are slimming with a long sweeping cardigan.
2. Don’t Wear a Thick Top Under Your Long Sweater
Aside from the fact that you will boil in a thick or heavy top, you will also look like a mama bear! Stick with a fitted tee-shirt with a V or scoop neckline, or wear a pretty, silky blouse or a crisp shirt.
3. Layer A Long Cardigan Over a Column of Color
This trick is especially useful for large gals who don’t want extra bulk or a petite gal who is worried about being swallowed up by a long cardigan. By wearing one dark color top to bottom, including your booties, and layering a lighter or brighter sweater on top in a lighter or brighter color, you create a color illusion that makes your body look long and lean. The eye can’t help but go up and down that long dark vertical line down the middle. All one color as a base is also a great way to show off your long cardigan and let it take center stage.
4. Wear Heels With Long Cardigan Outfits
Flat riding boots lool fantastic with skinny jeans and a long cardigan, but if you are concerned that a flat heel will make you look short and stumpy, try an ankle bootie with a heel. It doesn’t have to be sky-high. Even a couple of inches will help balance the length and weight of a long cardigan and make you look tall and lean.
5. Try a Long Cardigan with a Dress
A thin, fitted dress or a shirtdress looks fabulous with a long cardigan, making it look less dressy and cozier. A long cardigan with a summer sundress is a great way to transition into fall and get more mileage out of your wardrobe.
6. Belt it
Push up the sleeves, grab a belt, and wrap it around your waist to show off your curves. The heavier the knit, the thicker/chunkier the belt should be. This can be a very cool-girl look with the right long cardigan on the right gal.
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