Thursday, November 10, 2016

How I Wear My: Long Cardigan or Duster

There is something so cozy yet stylish about a long cardigan or duster in autumn! They look great with denim, trousers or a skirt, so Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to devote this month’s “How I Wear My” to them, especially since it was a long cardigan—a Missoni for Target sweater we both bought in 2011—that brought this series to life five years ago!

After seeing the photos that were submitted I want to own about ten more long cardigans because I loved the different looks that one item helps to create. I hope you enjoy this post!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my stylish “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “This long black cardigan from Stella Carakasi’s Fall 2016 Collection is my current favorite outer layer. I wore it holiday tree shopping with my husband last weekend with my everyday jeans tucked into tall boots and a charcoal gray sleeveless T-shirt. For accessories, I added a light gray felt wool hat and a sea glass bead necklace with a silver leather tassel from KayandStar.”


My good friend Rosie looks ever-elegant in her combination of a Magaschoni cardigan, Eileen Fisher pants, a Lafayette tee, and mother-of-pearl earrings by Rivka Friedman. Rosie’s look is a great example of why I never get tired of navy with white or cream!

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style.

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style writes, “My long charcoal gray cardigan is new this year from Gap. It is so soft and the perfect multi-purpose color. I am sure that it will be getting lots of wear as the temps get cooler in North Florida this winter. I am styling it today by layering it over a column of slim black jeggings and high top riding boots. This is a total comfort outfit. Lastly, for a splash of color, I am carrying an old favorite. It’s a Coach handbag in a Tartan plaid.”

Lisa of The Sequinist.

Lisa of The Sequinist says, “I love this long knit cardigan; it is one of my favourite items in my wardrobe. The cheerful blue colour is like a spring sky and always gets compliments.”

Yvonne of FunkyForty.

Yvonne of FunkyForty says, “I love burgundy and when I saw this I just had to get it to wear as an escape from black during fall.”

[Editors’s Note: I love the details of Yvonne’s outfit so much I had to share this second picture of her.]

Great details on Yvonne!

Susan of Susan After 60.

Susan of Susan After 60 says, “I am a big fan of long dusters or cardigans. I bought this soft gray one at Saks Off 5th a couple of years ago. It feels like an old friend each time I slip it on over a pair of jeans. I have to force myself to wear some of my other items because I tend to reach for this one a bit too often.”

Claudia of HappyFace313.

Claudia of HappyFace313 writes, “I only started wearing long cardigans a couple of years ago, as I thought I’d be too short for this style. However, it’s been ‘true love’ ever since. I think this one’s quite classic in color, material (cashmere) and style, despite the fringes, which are a first for me.”

Great fringe on Claudia’s long cardigan!


Our new friend Darlene says, “This Bobeau One-Button Wrap Cardigan from Nordstrom was a gift from my daughter and I love it. The material (76% Rayon, 21% Polyester, 3% Spandex) is so soft and perfect for the mild temperatures of fall, winter, and spring in Texas. It can be worn unbuttoned or buttoned and adds a bit of polish to the most casual outfit. In this photo, I have paired it with a pair of fun earrings, a sleeveless tank, a pair of NYDJ straight leg jeans and flats. This was the perfect outfit for our visit to one of our favorite Texas wineries.”

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb writes, “This style of lightweight duster coat is probably one of the most versatile for cooler weather. It’s a perfect cover-up that makes old jeans look smarter. I’ve worn this coat so many times in so many different ways, and I can’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon. The colour and cut are just, well - perfect.”

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion writes, “This blue cardigan seemed like a good idea at the time as it was cozy and not wool (wool and me do not agree). But in reality I never wear it.”

[Editor’s Note: If Greetje wants to pass this cardigan on to me I will gladly have it! Or maybe we could start a Sisterhood of the Traveling Blue Cardigan and pass it around the world and show how we would all wear it. You know I would pair that cardigan with denim, high-heeled black boots, and a bright red Hermès bag!]

Susan of Une Femme d’un certain âge.

Susan of Une Femme d’un certain âge writes, “This grey duster cardigan is my new favorite. It’s a perfect weight for Los Angeles’ cool season (yes we DO have one) and I think this grey color is so elegant and goes with everything.”

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “Below is a duster that I call my ‘carpet coat’ - the fabric is almost like a rug and then I took it further by adding the fringe on the bottom. Since it is a bit of a statement, I am wearing it here with an almost all-black layer underneath of black jeans, black booties and a black silk floral top by Amour Vert. So that the coat does not overwhelm me, I have belted the top underneath to show a waist. Perfect for a fall evening out.”

Charlotte from Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style writes of her mother Charlotte, “She just recently got this wonderful long cardigan and has worn it many times already. I love the piping trim on it, and the fact that it’s a pastel! She calls it lilac and I call it pink, but no matter, it seems to go with all of the muted colors that we associate with for the colder months!”

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 says, “This is an Eileen Fisher cardigan I bought on sale at Dillard’s last year. It is light grey and I love it.”

Trina of Tea Time with Trina.

Trina of Tea Time with Trina says, “This is how I layer a fun dress. By pulling on this oversize cardigan you not only dress it down a bit but it’s also more comfy than wearing a jacket or coat. I can’t wait to wear this cardi with some jeans.”

Elizabeth of Beauty Without Within.

Elizabeth of Beauty Without Within says, “I found this long cardigan while visiting in northern Indiana last year. It ended up being the perfect weight for winters in the south. I chose to carry over this long sleeveless dress into fall by adding this colorful sweater. I love the colors and find that it makes the perfect wrap for our mild weather.”

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge says, “When I want to wear leggings as pants, I like a long cardigan or duster to conceal the fact that I am wearing leggings as pants! This outfit was perfect for a day of shopping in New York City. I kept my base layer simple and comfortable with black leggings, a charcoal gray tunic, and my super comfortable Skechers sneakers. Then I layered on a long tan heathered vest and animal print scarf to add interest and make my super simple outfit appear way more put-together.”

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “I thrifted this long knit vest and combined it with a denim maxi skirt, also thrifted, for a boho look. I’m big into boho!”

Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes.

Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes writes, “I love long cardigans. One of my favorite ones is a grey one that I’ve owned for about seven years. I have worn it countless times over the years—with skinny jeans, leggings, wide-legged white pants, over a dress, the possibilities are endless. It’s one of the items in my closet that always makes me feel great!”

Rena of Fine, Whatever.

Rena of Fine, Whatever says, “This is a swing style cardigan in a wonderful neutral color that goes with just about everything I have. It has a pretty cable detail on the back so I look good coming and going.”

Crystal of Success in Heels.

Crystal of Success in Heels writes, “I paired this long dark gray cardigan with a white dress and black knee high boots. At just 5’3, long cardigans can make me look like a child in her mommy’s clothes! I’ve found if I keep the hem above my knee, though, I look more in proportion.”

Colette of Styled Comfort.

Colette of Styled Comfort writes, “My favorite way to wear my long cardigan is over a black dress and tights. The shape and color of the cardigan become the focus of the outfit by choosing foundation pieces that are neutral in color and with simple lines. This also happens to be my favorite cardigan. I love the drape down the sides of the cardigan that are created by the Dolman sleeves.”

Love this L’Wren Scott cardigan.

I have a few long cardigans in my closet but I think my favorite may be my L’Wren Scott sequined cardigan from her “Madame du Barry” collection of Spring/Summer 2010. It took awhile to find it, but I did eventually, through a consignment shop in Manhattan. I love its long length, the baby sequins, the velveteen placket, and its glamour. It can be hard to photograph but the cardigan has a gorgeous shimmer that I am crazy for! L’Wren’s sequined sweaters were my favorite part of her design aesthetic and she included them in her shows in different colors every season. I feel I am paying a small tribute to her work whenever I wear this cardigan. I still miss her!

Since the sweater is so sparkly from the front (it is a wool and linen blend in the sleeves and back, and a bit sheer too), I decided to keep the rest of the look very simple and added a sleeveless tie-neck blouse from Kohl’s, dark denim, black ankle boots, and, even though you can’t see it in the photo above, a diamond pendant.

I will be wearing this ensemble at least once during the fall and winter!

For December, why don’t you preview your special occasion ensemble and join us for “How I Wear My: Holiday Party Look.” Whether you’re attending a performance of The Nutcracker, heading out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, or welcoming guests for a champagne toast at your home on New Year’s Eve, show us what you will wear to revel in the end-of-the-year festivities! Photos are due December 5, 2016. Send them to and be sure to include a description about your outfit, which we will use in the post.

Do stop by Adrienne's to see even more fabulous looks featuring a long cardigan or duster.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month and to everyone who has helped make this series a success for the past five years! We could not do it without you and Adrienne and I are so grateful for your friendship and support.


jodie filogomo said...

I used to think sequins were only for dress up...but now I realize they are great for any day!!
What a wonderful piece to have, Jill!
And thanks for the great post---I love seeing so many women (my age) looking so fabulous!

Andrea said...

What a fantastic, sparkly cardigan! I'm glad you were able to get your hands on one! I can see why it's a favorite! You look fantastic!

And congrats on 5 years of this wonderful series! I always enjoy seeing everyone's looks!

Andrea’s Wellness Notes

une femme said...

Love seeing how everyone styled their long cardigans! Much inspiration...and I'm coveting your sparkly cardi!!!

Adrienne Shubin said...

Dearest Jill - who woulda thunk back in 2011 that we'd be putting on How I Wear My posts five years on? Not me! I am so grateful to have you as a partner in this series.
I love your tiny sequin cardigan. t's so fun!
There are so many great outfits this month - lots of style inspiration. I am thrilled about our big turnout.
Here's to holiday garb for next month. Cheers!
Big hugs to you,

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

This piece of clothing just suits everyone and is so flattering while being casual about it. But I adore your sequin one and as it's from L'wren it must be especially cherished. As usual I enjoyed this xx

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Jill, Thanks for sharing all these great looks. Love the styling ideas everyone has. I appreciate your comments on the blog today. It's been a tough week. xo Kim

Suzanne Carillo said...

I remember the other shorter cardigan you wore from L'Wren. I think I like this one even more.

Lots of great looks!

Thanks for the party : )


Shelbee On The Edge said...

I am always so honored to have my picture in the same post as so many fabulous, gorgeous, stylish bloggers! I only started participating in your series within the past year and I always look forward to it! It is so much fun and such a prime example of my new mission to #SpreadTheKindness. Thank you so much to you and Adrienne for all the hard work put into this series. And a giant congratulations to you both on 5 years of an amazing collaboration!


Jill said...

Hi Jodie, I am so glad your mom could join us once again. I love including her in the roundup and I love her beautiful smile! xx

Jill said...

Hi Andrea, thank you for joining us this month! It took more than a year to find that cardigan, I kept hunting on eBay. I was so glad to bring it into my collection and I never get tired of wearing it! xx

Jill said...

Hi Susan! You may be able to find a similar cardigan if you just keep checking eBay. Of course, you are in LA so you might also be able to find one at a local consignment boutique. I can absolutely see you wearing this. xx

Jill said...

My dear Adrienne, where did five years go? I am going to wear the Missoni cardigan today in honor of you and this series. I am constantly inspired by your hard work, dedication, great ideas and sense of fun. Cheers to you! xx

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, I have to stop buying cardigans. I must! However, I only own about 3 long cardigans and after seeing all these great outfits I want to go shopping for several more. Ha. xx

Jill said...

Hi Kim, I am so glad you could join us this month. I really enjoyed your post on the election results. I am still thinking about it. Thank you for writing such a beautiful and heartfelt piece. xx

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, oh what a great memory you have! I own 5 L'Wren sweaters now--3 from the Banana Republic collection, 2 from her regular collection that I had to hunt for. I love them all! The BR ones can still be had on eBay and they can be had for a nice price, I must say! They have held up well so I think they are worth it. Thank you for joining us, you have helped up so much with this series with your fantastic ensembles and we are grateful to you! xx

Jill said...

Hi Shelbee! Oh #ShareTheKindness, I love that. It seems more important than ever before! I am glad you join us, and I especially love it when you show your fierce eye-makeup skills! xx

Sheela Goh said...

I'm quite infatuated with Charlotte's piece. The colours are so fresh and classy and chic.

I'm talking about legacy on the blog currently. What it means to me. How I want the world to remember me. That and my weekly Project Sister Act Link-Up is currently live, and will be up until next Thursday, and I would so love for you to come over and join in xoxo

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Ha! I know why you like that L'Wren - it is like jewelry for the body, and we all know what a fan of jewels you are. : ) A big thank you to you and Adrienne for all of your hard work on this series over the years. Congratulations on the anniversary.
:) Ana

Rosie said...

WOW. Everyone looks so good. I had forgotten how a long cardigan is so versatile.

That L'Wren sequinned cardie is so beautiful & such a find. It is a forever piece.

Jill & Adrienne, a big thank-you for such a great post.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

So many fun styles in this one, Jill. I pinned like crazy! Thanks for doing this...I love your sequins!

No Fear of Fashion said...

Hahahaha Jill... mail me your address and I will send the cardigan to you. If that big oversized mass of a cardigan makes you happy, you can have it. I was wearing it here with a belt around it. I am serious. Just mail me your address.
As for your "cardigan" ... now that is another league. Beautiful, perfect, I love it. And I am not saying this to get yours haha 😂. You always look French classy. Your friend Rosie also looks the part.