Our Medium Length Sweaters Over a Dress

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Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Sweaters for Any Ages: The Medium Length Ones

Quote of the day: “Why is a windshield so large and the rearview mirror so small? So we can look ahead and move on.” Cheri Acosta

The calendar may say February, and many of us are wishing for warmer weather. But the truth is, it can still be quite cold outside. So I figured the sweater theme would still be appropriate for the majority of us.

I’m not sure if there is another name for this length of sweater, so I’m calling them the medium length ones. Since I covered the longer ones in the last post, here, and we will style short ones next; I figured these are the ones in between those two.

To me, this length can be tricky to style, at least for me because I’m so short. Sometimes, I feel like this length can cut me off in a strange place. They tend to be more voluminous at the bottom hem, but not always long enough to wear with leggings. In order to counteract these issues, I layered them over our dresses! It reminds me of the time we styled a dress 3 ways, and this method makes your dress into a skirt!

Tell me how do you wear yours in the comments below?

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I recently purchased this sweater thinking I could wear it with leggings. Of course, when I tried it on at the store, I was wearing jeans. Consequently, when I got home and experimented, it seemed too short for leggings!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Luckily I really liked the sweater either way. I think the zippers on the side make it more fun than my other sweaters! Besides, it worked great layered over this print dress! I went a little crazy at The Limited’s close out sale. This dress was just one of the items I bought!! And it was only $30!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Most of the time, I want my accessories to really stand out. But, for this peacock pin, I really thought it was nicer that it blended in more, yet was functional by using it to hold the scarf together!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

I don’t have navy boots to have worn with this outfit, and I thought the black ones would be a little too dark, so I threw on my grey boots. I end up wearing these quite a bit with dresses and I know, you’ve seen them a lot. But that is real life, in that we wear our items over and over, right?

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Dress: The Limited (similar here in a paisley)~~Sweater: Cabi-thrifted (similar here or here an even better deal)~~Boots: Payless (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here not as colorful)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit:  For Nancy’s longish, but not super long sweater, I picked her leopard print one! This sweater is a little longer in the back than the front which can be super flattering. Especially if you’re trying to cover the rear!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Nancy always refers to this dress as her “butt hugging dress” which cracks me up! The dress is more form fitting than most of her other ones, but I always think it’s nice to have variety in our closets!! And it certainly isn’t too tight. I think the ruching aspect, that is part of the design makes it very forgiving (not that her body needs forgiving—I’m just sayin’)!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Since the dress has a red, purple tone to it, we added in her burgundy necklace & earrings. Considering the shoes are nude & black, I figure they go with everything. And yes, if you’re wondering, Nancy’s wearing hose!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

 To give you an idea of how this sweater looks with jeans, you can see Nancy wearing it with her lace extender, here.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Dress: Pure & Simple (similar here solid color or here in a print)~~Sweater: LOFT (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here in a pump version or here all beige)~~Necklace: (similar here with more gold and under $5 or here with a pendant design)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom wore this same sweater in our leather skirt post, here! For today’s outfit, I had her wear it over her black, maxi dress. We call it a maxi dress, but it really isn’t super long on mom. But you can see this exact same dress worn on Nancy in our maxi dress series, here–and it’s longer on Nancy!!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

The black maxi dress is a turtleneck, but it’s short sleeved, so mom wore a black, long sleeve shirt under it. Then by wearing the black tights and ankle boots, it really puts the focal point on the sweater!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Since my mom has a ton of turquoise jewelry, I had her pile it on to bring out that same color from the stripes in the sweater.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

One of the ways that this strikes me as more modern, is the fact that mom is wearing ankle boots with it instead of tall boots! I know many women don’t like the idea of cutting of the length of their leg with ankle boots. But I really think by matching them to the tights, you still get that long, vertical line!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Dress: K Studio (similar here with a v-neck)~~Sweater: Style & Co (similar here)~~Boots: Bandolino (here or similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here and here)~~Rings: (similar here, here, & here)

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Here’s some more in this length: