Dress up Your Cardigan Sweaters

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Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Cardigan Sweaters for Any Ages: Under a Dress

A cardigan is truly an essential. And I love this quote! Because I know how we all get into our comfort zones with everything, and not that it’s terrible. But how can you grow and change if you don’t experiment and try the “scary” things??

Quote of the day: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Anonymous

The last crazy way I imagined to wear our cardigans is shown here under a dress! Now this could be beneficial for a couple of reasons. One, obviously, to keep warm, yet not cover up the dress like you normally would by putting the cardigan on top! And two, it could be a way to wear your cardigan if, by chance, it’s a little small. You wouldn’t see gaping between the buttons, at least the way my mom & I are showing them!!

And if you’re looking for other ways to style a cardigan that aren’t boring, check out how we wore them backwards, here, and how we styled them under a vest, here.

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post, because I have another reader who got involved in the action!!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Here’s that slip dress that I wore for our tweed jacket series the end of last year, here. I told myself I would figure out how to wear it, since it has gone unloved for almost 10 years! Therefore, I thought wearing my cardigan under it would be brilliant.

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

However, to be honest, I don’t love the color combination. In my closet, the dress seemed to have more burgundy in it—can you see the burgundy in the shadows of the rose petals? Then again, maybe it’s more of a dark red, instead of burgundy? Because in the photos, it does seem to clash somewhat. Then again, we could just say I did it on purpose, like when I combined red & burgundy here!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Now I wore the cardigan backwards (like in our first rendition, here) because the buttons seemed to detract from the overall look. The bronze necklace is to bring out the goldish/bronze in the dress. And they are hard to see, but the earrings are the same copper color!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

I wore this outfit to an open house for a friend’s new place!! So even if I did look a little unmatching, she knows me well enough to realize it’s the inside that counts! Ha ha!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Dress: Arden B (similar here a pricey version or here much less expensive (and check out how they are wearing it))~~Cardigan: Simply Vera (similar here)~~Boots: Shoe Mint (similar here)~~Necklace: Mauzies (similar here also pricey or here more my price range)~~Earrings: Mauzies (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: The cardigan sweater of Nancy’s that we picked for this series happened to be short sleeved. That fact, put a little bit of a wrench in our styling. I mean, I couldn’t let her freeze just for the blog, could I?

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Therefore, I layered the sweater under her long sleeved, shirt dress, but had her wear the dress open like a duster. It’s still wearing her cardigan under her dress, right? We all styled our shirt dresses this way last year in the post, here.

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

I tried layering two of her necklaces to show the pearls and be able to have the pendant involved too. It might have looked better with the pearl necklace on top of the other necklace?

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Nancy went shoe shopping without me just recently (can you believe it??) and picked up these olive green wedges. For those of you who don’t love heels, I think wedges are an easy way to have height yet not feel unsteady!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways

Dress: WomAn (similar here)~~Jeans: Chaps (similar here)~~Cardigan: Norton (similar here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here in other colors)~~Belt: H&M (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here layered for you)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: So I showed myself wearing a slip dress, and Nancy wearing a shirt dress. Thus I had to incorporate more variety with mom wearing a different kind of dress. Moms is a shift dress and I think this type of dress can be one of the most adaptable dresses to have in your closet. Since they are more straight up and down, it’s easier to add layers on top or underneath.

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Mom wanted to try out this new scarf clip she just bought. It’s a pin that has a chain link attached for the scarf. Maybe I’m not using it correctly, because I still ended up having to knot the scarf in order for it to stay.

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

We added in the purse for a little bit of whimsey!! This purse’s chain handle can be long (like in the first photo of this section) or it can be wrapped around the flap to make it shorter. Mom said that she came up with this idea—so for those of you that have a chain linked handle purse like this; you could possibly do this trick!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

I had mom wear her ankle boots with this outfit although it’s not her favorite look. However, ever since the blog post about ankle boots and dresses, here, I feel like it’s a more modern look than always wearing tall boots! Especially since it was a relatively warmer day this day!!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

Dress: Styleworks (similar here)~~Cardigan: Nine West-thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here a little taller)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here or here)

Karen (blogette): I was so excited when Karen commented on the last post about styling our cardigans under our vests. She said that she was going to try this idea with her sleeveless dress! Luckily, she was game to send me a photo and join in on the fun!

In Karen’s words: I chose my mustard colored sweater and added the scarf to dress up the neckline.  I now have a new outfit without spending a dime! Before you suggested styling cardigans in new ways, I never would have worn these things together!  For the record,  I’m 63!

I really appreciate the fact that you take the time to read my blog. Thanks again and feel free to comment with your thoughts!! If there are any other women who would like to be a “blogette,” feel free to email me.

Nancy’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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