Cardigan Sweaters for Any Ages: Under a Vest
Quote of the day: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho
As a continuation of wearing our cardigans in a different capacity than the usual topper piece, I thought we could wear them under a vest. I’ve always loved vests, but have only recently realized their versatility. Silly me, I used to think of wearing them only over a blouse or shirt.
Since reading so many blogs, now I’ve thought to layer a vest over a jacket, over a dress and now, over a cardigan! Because in reality, your cardigan sweater when buttoned up can be like a shirt! So if you’re looking through your closet for a certain color shirt to wear under another item, don’t forget to check our your sweaters!!
This challenge started with wearing these exact same cardigan sweaters backwards, here. How else have you worn yours?
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: When I was getting dressed in this outfit, I couldn’t decide if I should have the print tank top hang out under the cardigan or not. So I included both ways to get your opinion!
For my vest, I went with my fringe one that I bought at one of Charming Charlie’s $10 sales!! When I first got it, the front pieces overlapped too much, so I cut off 3 inches of material on each side! Now it doesn’t seem so bulky!
It was still a little chilly, so I threw on my fur scarf to keep warm. I did add a brooch on it, but it’s very subtle, and I bet no one who saw me that day even noticed! And as for my earrings, I kept them small since the scarf is so close to them!
I ended up wearing these boots this day because they were flats! We were shopping for a new dining room table that would be smaller than the one we have!! Anyone need a large dining room table? We’ll give it to anyone who wants to pick it up?
Jeans: Second Yoga (similar here)~~Vest: Charming Charlies (similar here)~~Cardigan: Simply Vera (similar here)~~Tank underneath: WHBM (similar here)~~Boots: Payless (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here with blue in it)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s cardigan and vest, I decided to use her puffy vest. Sure it may be getting warmer out (some days), but it’s still quite chilly in the mornings!! Besides, her cardigan is short sleeved, so we even layered another shirt under it!
These floral pants are the ones that Nancy wore for our ankle pants series here, here & here. I know when I wrote an article about them for Sixty + Me, many women weren’t in love with this style of trousers. But here’s a great way to wear them in the colder months–with your ankle boots!
I did use the same color of Nancy’s vest for the ankle boots to try to tie it all together. The floral pants have a ton of different colors in them, but not beige.
The accessories started out with the green scarf since I notice a lot of green in the pants. Nancy has a couple of green bracelets so that was an easy addition. But I thought it might be fun to mix it up with the earrings. The earrings really are a navy color instead of a black like the background of the pants. However, I think you’d never realize it unless your face is up close to them!
These boots are brand, spanking new thanks to Nancy’s recent shoe shopping excursion! Most of us have the basic black & brown ankle boots, but I think it’s fun to have an unexpected color in your wardrobe too!
Pants: J. Jill (similar here more muted or here)~~Vest: Style & Co (similar here in 2 sizes only and here in other colors)~~Cardigan: Norton (similar here)~~Top: Axcess (similar here brighter yellow but thte best deal ever)~~Boots: Baretraps (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here longer version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: I usually try to make sure the 3 of us show different varieties in our outfits (whenever our closets allow). So since I had a long vest on and Nancy wore a medium length vest, I had mom show off a shorter vest.
I don’t think you would even realize that mom is wearing a cardigan sweater under the vest. It looks like just a normal sweater or shirt.
This vest of mom’s is one that she made in the past. It has a matching skirt, but of course, I nixed the thought of wearing them together. For those of you that love matching sets, we did a post about that subject, here. It’s really not the most modern style right now, but just you wait. Like my mom always says, the styles come back around!!
So instead of the matching skirt, I had mom wear her rust colored jeans! The rust of the jeans and the melon colored sweater complement each other very well. The vest, up close, does have some orange dots in it, but from afar, you really just notice the darkness.
I chose black flats to work with the black vest, and then kept the accessories dark too!
Mom’s earrings match almost perfectly being that they are dark with an orangish stone in them. They are a souvenir from one of her trips (oops, I forgot which one—and I should remember because I have a pair like them with a white stone—it could be her Turkey trip?).
Jeans: Chaus-thrifted (similar here)~~Vest: Mom made it (similar here in a quilted version or here longer)~~Cardigan: Nine West-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Mootsie Tootsies (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
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Nancy’s photography by Kari Strand Photography
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Vests can be such a perfect way to add a topper, but not get overheated! Here’s a variety to choose from: