“Invested” in your Cardigan Sweaters

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways

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?

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

 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.

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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.

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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!

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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?).

Sweater cardigans worn a variety of ways.

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:

  • Nancy has my favorite look in this series, hand down.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’ll make her day, Carol!!
      Thanks so much for your input!!

  • Another good suggestion. I realise now that I’ve been very boring about my cardigan wearing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But don’t we all get into a rut? Not that it’s always bad…but I’m trying to switch things up for some fun occasionally!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    I am built somewhat like Nancy – gifted in the top! Nancy’s styling in this post will prompt me to try more layering.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s so nice to hear Bernadette!! It is easier when we can see the styling on someone like ourselves, I think!!

  • Savvy Southern Chic

    I like the tank top peeking out! Wearing a cardigan as a blouse is a great idea. Thanks for linking up at Fabulous Friday!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Fonda!!

  • A cardigan under a vest. Who would have thunk it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? 🙂

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Graet idea and I love all of the three looks, Jodie. I don’t have any vest.
    Xo Tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I didn’t have that many before I retired, but I have to admit I’m loving them more and more now!!
      Thanks for stopping by Tina! XOXO

  • I love the idea of layering a cardi with a vest. Such a great way to mix and watch what’s already in your closet!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!

  • writeofthemiddle

    Love all these looks Jodie. Such stylish ladies you three!! I prefer your look without the print tank top showing. I LOVE your vest and scarf!! It doesn’t get cold much where I live to do this look but maybe if the cardigan is thin! Must find myself a vest like yours – love it! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Min!
      This cardigan is one of those thin ones—I seem to have quite a few like this! So it was always hard to style them in the winter because they aren’t very warm….maybe I need to move to your part of the world? Ha ha!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And thanks for hosting, Nicole!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    At first glance, I wasn’t sure if I liked the looks, but when I looked much closer, I see the detail and how it all looks together! It is Fab, Miss Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And really….that’s what has been so interesting about style & fashion, Terri. Some outfits resonate and some don’t!
      I’m one of those that thinks it’s so fun to check out what everyone is wearing—whether I like it or not…..people watching is one of my favorite pasttimes!!

  • Love all of this layering inspiration! I think I need more vests in my closet!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do have to admit that vests can add some extra to almost any outfit. At least now that I’m willing to try to wear them over other items!!
      Thanks so much Jill!

  • I love your outfit Jodie, particularly that fur scarf!

    I don’t really like ‘fitting’ clothing so tend to wear loose sweaters / cardigans which makes it hard to wear vests over the top! #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That makes sens Deborah!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Laura

    I love the colors in your mom’s outfit! That vest works so well with the rust and melon colors! I need to try a cardigan under a vest because you all look fabulous! It really adds a lot of possibilities to your closet!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!! It is funny because I think of both a cardigan & a vest as toppers. So now that I can change my thinking to make a cardigan a shirt—it’s so much more versatile!!

  • You gals have the best layering techniques! Looking great


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Michelle!!

  • I love a pretty vest or cardigan so comfortable 💙 Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Catie!

  • Missy May

    I’m a sucker for knit wears in general. They’re life savers especially when you live in the UK. Lol!! Vests are great. Always great for layering like these outfits I’m seeing. Beautiful!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Missy!!

  • Kirsten Wick

    Oh I’m such a sucker for vests and cardigans! I think I prefer yoru tank top hanging out under your cardigan, it looks even more effortless. Much love, Kirsten x


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kirsten!! It’s nice to know that my first instinct wasn’t crazy!!

  • Love vests, these all looks great with the knits underneath.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • Always so many layering options for the winter months – and I love Nancy’s taupe booties, so good to have a true neutral boot to pull out.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do love layering, because it seems to add so much dimension. Thanks for the love, Lydia!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    It’s amazing how many different kinds of vests there are out there, just as you have shown in this post! I really like your fringe one and it’s nice and light. The only vests I have are puffer and then I do have longer blush vest that I haven’t worn more than once. I need to get it out, since it is a blush color and would be great with spring getting closer!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really know what you mean, Carrie. I love how vests look, but I don’t always wear them as much as I could!!
      You definitely need to pull out that blush one—it’d go with everything!!

  • I am a fan of vests! I don’t have many in my closet but got a few on PM for $10 a piece. Love this look Jodie and Nancy’s color palette with the sea green and sand booties and floral pants, i love! Everyone looks lovely
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know exactly what you mean, Jess!! I love vests, but I didn’t have many of them in my closet until just this last year! I think I only knew to put them over a blouse—and that wasn’t always warm enough! But they can be so much more versatile, when I try to get creative!!
      Thanks for the love!!

  • Karen

    This is such a great idea! I’m going to do this tomorrow with a sleeveless dress I have. It’s heavier weight and will be perfect with a cardigan underneath, and it gives me more options to wear it all year! I like yours best with the tank top underneath peeking out at the bottom. That was very brave to slice off the fronts of the vest, and it really worked! : ) I like how Nancy’s scarf ties her whole look together. Her pants are just too cute and would give her a lot of options for pairing with tops due to all those colors! Your mom’s vest seems versatile also, something she could wear over dresses and, of course, skirts. I’m glad I found your blog Jodie! I’m getting so much more out of what is in my closet from these posts!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Karen….reading your comment made me smile from ear to ear!! What a fabulous thing to read this morning!!
      And look at you—you’re one step ahead of us for this series. We’ll be showing these same cardigans under a dress tomorrow!! If you get a photo of you wearing yours and email it to me (jodie@jtouchofstyle.com), I’d love to add it to the post???

  • Beautiful you look cute jodie 🙂
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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Stephanie!

  • Rina Doria

    Loving the layering with a cardi and vest! You have such a unique take on fashion and I love it!

    Rina Samantha

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Rina!!

  • I love layering and done well it can be such a pleasure, especially on days when the weather doesn’t know what it’s doing! I like Nancy’s look – I can see me in that 🙂 I also love the floral pants! #teamlovinlife

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Johanna!!
      Layering is the basis for so many of our days here in Colorado!! I don’t know how women get away without some type of layering!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Jumped over from the Senior Salon

    LOVED the “life” in many of these photos – the first one of you made me smile from the top, especially since our chat gave me a bit of insight into your personality.

    Nancy’s scarf color is amazing on her – and almost makes the outfit for me. Another wonderful post, Jodi.
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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Madelyn!!

  • Great looks! I love cardigans and how versatile they are! Accessories are so important in completing the whole look!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ruth!!

  • I love layering because it adds some movement and texture to your outfit. I love how each person looks finished and polished with their cardigans. Great ideas and I hope you have a lovely day.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Yasmin!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I love the whole layering idea Jodie and I always forget that I could layer my vests over a cardigan. I have enough of each that I could try a variety of looks. I like all of these. You did a great job with the accessories in each outfit – scarves, shoes, jewelry. Each outfit is completed perfectly. Great ideas and you all look amazing. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!
      It is so funny how we get an idea of an item—and then that’s it. I remember thinking that vests weren’t all that versatile back in the day….but now? They go over everything!!

  • Oh I love your fringe vest! That is such a fun statement piece!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!! I bought it thinking that if I didn’t like the fringe, I could cut it off and wear it without! Needless to say–I love the fringe!

  • Another great idea! I like how they work well underneath the vests and how we should really look at styling things already in our wardrobe in more versatile ways. Your look is adorable. I like the printed top out, as I think it offers more dimension and length. Nancy’s booties are so fab!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      My first response was to leave the tank out…but it’s funny how I will question my decisions at times!! Like it really matters in the whole scheme of things, I realize–ha ha!

  • Judy Gramith

    I really like all of these looks a lot!!
    Jodie , I especially like the addition of the fur scarf. That is such a pretty and versatile accessory; I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before!
    Nancy’s oufit is my favorite. The colors are great and her new boots are so cute!!! I have a few pairs of boots in the beige tones and I wear them ALOT!!!! Nancy looks so pretty with that soft green next to her face. The whole outfit is just perfect!!
    Charlotte’s vest has a broadness at the top of the shoulder that needs balancing. I think a rust colored scarf would do the trick. Love the pattern in the vest!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I did just get this fur scarf when the Limited went out of business—and the last time I wore it on the blog, it was with the new coat my mom had made that was decorated with pins—so it didn’t stand out much! I really was surprised at how much I’ve worn it around—it’s so warm!!
      I am so glad Nancy got these boots. She was texting me some photos of what she might want to get at the store, and I suggested light colored booties!!
      Thanks for the love, Jude!!

  • I can never get enough cardigans in the winter! Love your fringed vest cardi! I try to get my clients to get draped cardigan into their wardrobe because they are so perfect for layering.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think the exact same thing, Kathrine!! Layering adds so much dimension to an outfit, IMO!

  • How smart to wear them as the under layer! You all look great and are making me think as usual.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!

  • Lauren Blair .

    You all look great! I feel like I’m so bad at layering bc it involves organization of knowing what’s in your closet, so I enjoyed the part about looking into sweaters and not just shirts to layer vests on. We need to layer here in Colorado!! XO

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lauren!
      I don’t feel like you’re bad at layering at all! It definitely is more work, and when the rest of our life is crazy, it’s probably the last thing we want to think about!!

  • I think I like the first image of you where we don’t see the tunic. Honestly, it’s b/c your jeans look cool with the stitching being kind of pink so your zipper looks pretty. I know. Dumb reason. But it makes your jeans so much more interesting. Have a great day ladies!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s never a dumb reason, Julia!! I love hearing how each person’s perspective is different. And i’m sure so much is what you focus on and how it pertains to your life!!
      Thanks for the love!

  • Everyone looks fantastic! I love a good vest. The fringe detail on yours, Jodie, is so much fun and I love how you styled it.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!

  • donnaduck

    I like all the outfits! I bought a pair of beige suede booties, very similar to Nancy’s, the beginning of this Fall. But I’ve hardly worn them because I felt like everything I paired them with was too dark to wear with them. I like the way you styled them with the colors Nancy’s wearing, and I think I’ll have to look in my closet for something like that. Some lighter colors, but yet still warm enough in weight for winter. I told my niece, who you know lives in Denver, that our weather in Bethlehem, PA is reminding me so much of yours lately! We’ve had temps in the 60’s and we might hit 70 by Friday!! I have a real hard time believing it’s February!! What a weird winter for us here!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can see how these lighter booties might look too light with our “normal” winter wear! That’s why it’s fun to wear white in the winter, right, Donna?
      Besides—if it is so warm there, then those booties are perfect to wear right now!! We are warm today, but it’s supposed to snow tomorrow!! Gotta love it!
      And thanks for all the support—I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

  • Darlene Foster

    I love vests! I have been wearing them for years. Your look is fabulous and I like it with the printed shirt showing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Darlene!
      One woman just commented on FB, that she never wears vests—and that surprised me. So it’s nice to know, I’m not alone in my vest love!!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Nothing like a great vest! The fringe on yours is fantastic and you all look beautiful as can be!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!!