Cardigan Sweaters Worn Backwards

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Cardigan Sweaters for Any Ages: Wearing Them Backwards

Quote of the day: “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” Bruce Feirstein

I thought this quote was truly apropos for this post today!! Because for this entire week, I’m trying to see how versatile we can make our cardigan sweaters!! You may consider this feat insane or brilliant, or maybe a little of both! Today’s variation will see about wearing your sweater backwards? Why, you may ask?

Now if you know me at all, then you know I love to be creative and versatile with what we already have in our closets. And I figured that every woman has a cardigan sweater in her wardrobe, am I right? So why not wear it in a variety of ways? Kind of like the thought of how can your cardigan work for you?

I know, personally, I have many cardigan sweaters as I wore them quite a bit to work. I would, at times, consider them as an unstructured jacket. However, I used to only think to wear them as a topper over my shirts. Well, how boring is that? So we start by turning our sweaters backwards! Of course this can only work if you can button up your sweater. The trick, of course, is to button it first and then pull it over your head unless you have a handmaid (or me) helping you get dressed, LOL!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I don’t truly have the best reason for wearing my sweater backwards with this outfit. Well, except to be different, I guess!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

The inspiration for pairing my sneakers with the midi skirt came from Samantha’s post here! I realize her flat shoes that she wore with her midi skirt are boots, but it gave me the idea to try this. It’s certainly not what I would normally wear, but I really like the outcome!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Here’s the view from the back! I know we don’t always concentrate on how the back view looks, but when we go out in public, there are just as many people that see us this way, too! The scarf I wore was used to cover up the label of the sweater. Since it also had the colors of the skirt and sweater, I figured it would be a good feature!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

I have to admit, that I have worn a sweater backwards on the blog in the past—you can see it here! I can’t really remember why I did this at that time, except maybe to have an all grey look for the front of the outfit? Incidentally, the grey sweater in that older post, used to be my mother’s cardigan from college! Talk about a classic piece!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Skirt: Coverii (similar here)~~Cardigan: Simply Vera (similar here)~~Shoes: Guess (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here in a tie dye version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Hat:Brooklyn Hat Co (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Now for Nancy’s backwards sweater, I picked this skirt for a reason. My thought process was since the skirt had so much bling and pattern on the front, it could be better to keep the sweater more plain.

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

And since her sweater is short sleeved, we added another shirt under neath for warmth! We added a silver necklace to cover her label that shows in front! But look how cute the necklace is from the back–it even has flowers there!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Here’s a little closer shot of the back view. I’m not sure if you can tell, but the front (or back in today’s case) of Nancy’s cardigan has small beads and cables on it. She said it’s her favorite cardigan because either it was her mom’s or her mom had one just like it! (No laughing that she can’t exactly remember—when you’re old like us, it happens frequently!!)

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

We tried to tuck the cardigan under a little in the front so you could see more of the pattern on the skirt. It stayed for a couple minutes, but then it decided to have it’s own way! And aren’t the silver shoes fabulous? I have a feeling you’ll be seeing them a lot here on the blog!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Skirt: Desigual (similar here in one size only or here with stripes)~~Cardigan: Norton (similar here)~~Top: Casual Corner (similar here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here in a lace up or here in pumps)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: For mom’s backwards sweater version, we had her wear it under her tweed jacket! This could be useful if you need a shirt under a jacket, but don’t have the right colored one; however, instead have the perfect color cardigan. Wearing it backwards could be better to either cover your decolletage or keep it plain (instead of having the buttons show).

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

We used a brooch to cover the label on mom’s sweater. It almost looks like a necklace when it’s pinned right in the middle of a shirt this way. But the advantage is it doesn’t move around like a necklace!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

We kept the earrings relatively simple by choosing her gold leaf pair. I thought they picked up the gold from the brooch nicely!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

I had mom throw on her dark jeans and red ankle boots to finish off the outfit. These were her first pair of blue jeans that she bought after she had shingles 5 years ago and lost a bunch of weight!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Jeans: Bill Blass (similar here)~~Cardigan: Nine West-thrifted (similar here)~~Blazer: Liz Claiborne-thrifted (similar here with a black background or here with fringe)~~Boots: Nine West-thrifted (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here in the shape of a ladybug)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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Nancy’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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Here are some fun cardigans that could be interesting to wear backwards:

  • I love the colours you’ve put together Jodie, fab outfit! The hat and flat casual shoes are perfect accessories. Thanks for linking up 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Emma!! It certainly wasn’t something I would have tried before blogging—but I really liked how it turned out!

  • This is so creative! I love the idea and it would so stretch your sweaters to make more looks. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to pull if off but yay, you!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The funny thing is I’m not sure that many people really even noticed that my sweater was on backwards!!

  • Jodie, you are always so creative! I have seen others style cardigans (and button down shirts) backwards as well and it creates such a unique look with the buttons down the back. But I have to ask, does the neckline come up too high then in the front making it uncomfortable? This is the reason I have never tried this…high necklines really bother me (unless it is a turtleneck), but a crew neck that hits too high makes me feel like I am choking! Maybe I should just try it and see! I love all of your looks here. Your sneakers with midi skirt is super cute! Nancy’s skirt is gorgeous. And how amazing does Charlotte look in those fabulous jeans and tweed jacket?! Well done, my friend, well done. Thanks for joining my #SpreadTheKindness Link Up!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kindness Shelbee.
      It’s true that the neckline can come up higher when they are backwards, but I think it also depends on your sweater. I have a couple that are not as high as others….so it might work for you?

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Jodie, you amaze me! You never run out of ideas, do you? All these outfits look great, I would never have thought of it. But the buttons running down the back look adorable. I especially think this would work well when you are wearing a scarf, then you don’t have to worry about that pesky tag. BTW, you look fantastic in that color!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nikki!!
      I had to laugh when you said that about running out of ideas. When I first started my blog, my husband basically asked me the same thing—“will you have enough ideas for a year?” he said.
      But we do have to get dressed every day, right? (well, kinda), so there’s always some kind of idea!!

  • That’s a great idea! I would have never even considered it… I really think it works well, and gives some nice interest to the back of the outfit!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!! Might as well look good coming and going, right?

  • I like the way it looks when the cardigan is worn backwards as it gives such lovely details.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • What a creative idea! I am going to try it! But I think the neck would be a bit to high for my likes. Well, I just give it a try.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The back of the neck can be higher than we’re used to. But I bet there are some sweaters that it’s not the case!! Either that, or just think of it like a short turtleneck…ha ha!!
      Thanks for the love, Nancy!!

  • Very creative Jodie. And indeed your outfit with the hat and the sneakers looks very good. A fun casual yet sophisticated outfit.
    Nancy’s outfit is more difficult (IMO) as the skirt is rather short and the proportions with the longer sweater are not perfect. The items itself are all lovely and especially her shoes are beautiful. Charlotte looks very nice. I thought how it would look if she scrunched up the sleeves. Or would that look off?
    You know I am not the best stylist haha, so perhapsi shouldn’t say things like this haha.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But it’s so fun to hear how others look at us, Greetje! We all have our own perspectives, so I always love to hear the differing thoughts!!
      It’s all just a fun journey, right?
      I know I’m a little strange, but it’s almost more fun when an outfit isn’t particularly right, to figure out how to change it??

      • Yep, it is official now: you are strange. I know, as an outfit blogger, I should love creating an outfit and figuring out how to do that and improve on it… but I don’t. I want it to be right in max 30 minutes, preferably less. I am bad.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          But I did feel that way when I was working, Greetje! Maybe the lack of stress from my job, makes it more fun to be creative?
          But, I’m sure many others will agree with you on the strange thing! ha ha!

  • dan

    You styled the cardigan in a very creative way,Jodie! Fashion needs to be personalized… I have never thought to wear a cardigan backwards and that makes me very curious…I will surely try with one of mine!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      We might as well be creative, right, Dan? I’m sure it’s good for our brain!!

  • Rina Doria

    I would never have thought of styling my cardigan backwards! What a unique way of styling it!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rina!!

  • I never would have guessed these were being worn backwards! Such a clever idea! My question is – how did you get them on ?! LOL 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The secret is to button them first…then slip them over your head!! (unless you happen to have a friend nearby—that’s always a plus!!
      Thanks Michelle!!

  • mummabstylish

    It really does give a different look, I’ve worn a tunic back to front before, and was happy how it looked – may try again.
    Cute outfits Jodie. Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know I’ve accidentally worn a shirt backwards—but it sounds better if I think I did it on purpose—ha ha!!
      Thanks Jacqui!!

      • mummabstylish

        Lol, how true..xx

  • Rrush A Nikci

    I never even thought of that what a great idea!!

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it fun to do the unexpected?
      Thanks Rosie!!

  • oh I love this!! I’m a creative type so this suits me well..just love these ideas and you are adorable. So glad I found this blog on RaRalink up..looking for other over 50 types who love God..and a love fashion and style and need a makeover..I wrote this week about waking up and feeling old for the first time ever..what a wake up call! You’re blog inspired me today to think of new ideas for my wardrobe!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true that just because we are getting older doesn’t mean we can’t look & feel great!! I’m so glad you stopped by, Kathy!!
      We are also starting a Fierce 50 Movement if you’d like to join us on FB:
      We are celebrating us at midlife and hoping to get companies to join in too!!
      Happy Tuesday!!

  • What a fun post and I love finding frugal ways to extend what we have and keep it simple. Great idea for using a cardigan under a blazer. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Dawn!

  • Why didn’t I think of this before?!! Such a genius idea! I’m going to try it!


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tamara!!

  • Interesting. I actually have a couple sweaters that do button up the back and have had people ask if I had it on backwards lol. I was so like I’m fashion forward haha!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are fashion forward. Laura!! 🙂

  • Wow Jody, what a great idea! You look absolutely adorable in that outfit! Your moms look fabulous! I think it would be fun to wear one with the pattern on only the front on the back! Peace! Cheryl

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cheryl!!
      It is funny how we normally only concentrate on the fronts of our outfits, yet there are so many other people that see us from the back!! It’d be so fun to wear the print on the back, right?

  • This is too cute! I would have never thought to do this. AWESOME!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sarah!!

  • This is so inspiring – gotta try it today! You all look wonderful and have an extra gleam in your eyes : > Thanks for linking up, xo


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Awww…Patti—-you’re so nice! Thanks!!

  • I love this look on you Jodie. These are your colours, and the outfit looks great with the sneakers. Tweeting you now! Thank you for linking up.It means a lot xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie for also sharing—that’s so nice!!
      I still felt silly in the sneakers when we went to the store, but I really like how they turned out in the photos!! I think maybe I just need to keep an open mind?

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I love that quote and so appropriate as you begin talking about wearing your sweaters backwards. Ha, ha. I thought it sounded a little it crazy, but it is you and it works. In your outfit the buttons in the back look very elegant and add a detail to the back that makes it much more interesting. Nancy’s v-neck allows a different cut in the back that we would normally reserve for a fancy dress up occasion or a heat of the summer look. I like the way you paired her sweater with the black top underneath. Love her shoes! Your mom’s outfit looks fantastic and that pin right in the middle of the neckline! Perfect. Lovely looks! Who’d a thunk? – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well the quote was appropriate, I thought!! Funny how you can make it to mean whatever you’re talking about, right, Amy??
      And I was very surprised at how many women said they did this back in the 60’s….I guess I’m not that crazy after all!!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    You are so authentic!


    Mónica Sors




    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Monica!! What a nice thing to say!

  • This is a fabulous idea! And I loved the quote. 🙂 If I wouldn’t have read the post…and just looked at the photos, I’m not sure I would’ve even notcied your cardigans were backward. Everyone’s outfit looks fabulous! And I love your mom’s red boots!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s probably true for most people–that they wouldn’t notice the sweater is backwards.
      Sometimes we talk about all the detail, but I’m not sure how much others notice?
      Thanks for the love!!

  • You know, Loft or Ann Taylor has backwards cardigans all the time. I bought two maybe a year or two ago. I think they got the idea from you and your first post with the gray sweater! Julia

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really? I had no idea they sold backwards cardigans? That’s so funny!! And I thought I was being somewhat original in this post—ha ha!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I think this could work for some sweaters. I’m broad shouldered, and have accidentally put sweaters on backward–felt WEIRD! These look surprisingly good, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m sure it depends on how the sweater is made too! I know for many that I knit, there’s not a ton of difference!!
      Thanks Terri!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I have admired this when I have seen it before, but for some reason I just can’t see myself wearing it. I think while I don’t mind a turtleneck , the backwards way just felt like an awkward height, Of course, Nancy’s sweater blows that complaint out of the water, lol! Great colors in your look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is a little higher having the back in the front, but actually my mom likes it for that reason. She’s always asking me for something to cover her “bare chest” otherwise!!
      Thanks, Tracey!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Love the sneaker/skirt combo…but of course I do! And I totally love the backwards cardi…I’ve always meant to try it, but haven’t yet. And that quote…yesss!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny because I can relate a ton of the quotes I see to fashion & style!!

  • Lauren Blair .

    Isn’t that quote the truth?? You all look fabulous and I think this idea is genius–especially since you all did such interesting stylings of this idea giving it such diversity! Covering the label with a brooch is amazing too! XO

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lauren-Blair!

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Hi I used to wear cardigans that way in the 60’s,must try again now.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—you were a smart cookie even back then, Pauline!!

  • Laura

    Your mother’s cardigan works perfectly underneath her blazer! It’s almost as if they were made for each other! I like this idea. It gives more interest to the back of the outfit and stretches your wardrobe a bit more!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And what’s so funny, is I’ve had a handful of women say they used to do this in the 60’s! And to think I thought I was being original (or crazy)!!
      Thanks for the love, Laura!!

  • Great looks! Those colors really suit you Jodie. Nancy’s outfit is incredibly youthful. She looks so cute.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gail.!!!
      Nancy will love to hear this comment!! 🙂

  • I have seen this done before but never actually done it myself. How smart under the blazer because it just looks like a regular sweater. Would be great if you only had a cardigan in that color and needed a sweater. So smart!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!! After I first came up with this idea, I was wondering, if it’d really be practical—but there are a couple of times, that it could be worthwhile!!

  • Very nice Jodie! Love your look especially with the sneakers! I need to try this and see how it fits. Nancy and your mom look great too and I love the brooch in the center of the sweater.
    Have a great day!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      I’m just getting back from our trip, so I’ll have to stop by your blog later and check it out!! (I do wish my suitcase would unpack itself….ha ha)

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Ohh this idea is very cool. I would like to try. 🙂 Thank you for this wonderfull post!
    xo Tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tina!!

  • Your outfit here is adorable.

    I’ve tried this once and didn’t find the cardigan too comfortable worn backwards. The armholes didn’t seem to fit right.

    I love the idea of the brooch for your Mom.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzanne!!
      I’m sure some sweaters are made differently, and maybe had more material in the front or back??? (most of us could use extra material in the front—so that would make sense!!)

  • Janice Harper Jones

    When I was in high school in the 60’s , we wore our cardigan’s backwards for more variety in our small wardrobes. Being raised in Appalachia and not having a lot made us be creative! I like your blog a lot and appreciate that you feature older models!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so nice to hear that other women have done this before, Janice!!
      Thanks for joining in and the wonderfully positive words!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    I have worn sweaters backward many times especially when I need a higher neckline. I also wear camisoles backward for the same reason.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—-I knew you were brilliant, Bernadette!!

  • Karen

    Your blog is such fun! It really helps me to think in different ways about the clothes that I have and to try new things. But even more than that is the upbeat and fun attitude going on here. I’ll bet the three of you have a blast doing this and it shows in the words and pictures!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for such a great comment, Karen!! It really made my day!