How We Styled Long Sweaters

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Sweaters for Any Ages: The Longer Ones

Quote of the day: “What seems to us as bitter trial are often blessings in disguise.” Oscar Wilde

You may think that the job of a fashion blogger is only to introduce new styles. However, one of my goals on this blog is to also style the items we already have in our closets. And I’m sure that any woman living in a non-tropical region has a sweater or two in their wardrobe!

Of course the term sweater can mean different things to different people. Thus for this sweater theme, I had to find a couple of different categories! Consequently, I grouped the knit items by their length for this week. As a fun continuation for the following week’s theme, I’ll try to show how to take a cardigan, and wear it a variety of ways!

I know that a sweater may not bring up images of style & inspirational fashion, but in my neck of the woods, they are definitely a realistic and functional item. That’s why I started with the longer sweaters. To me, they add a little bit of flair and fun to any outfit.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: This longer sweater has been one of my favorites for years. I think it has to do with the asymmetrical aspect of it and the fact that it has different textures on it.

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Here’s the back of the sweater showing the ribbing part of it and also the shawl collar!

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I threw on the hat due to a bad hair day, and even added the bandanna on it for more color! Since there was already a lot of red in the picture, I put on black earrings instead of red ones.

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The leggings are a new pair from LuLaRoe that I purchased last month. When I came up with the idea of styling longer sweaters, I figured that it’d be a perfect time to wear my print leggings. However, in reality, this tunic top is not going to work styled this way. I felt way too much like I went out in my nightshirt! And we even went to Ace Hardware after this photo shoot. So if you hear of the Ace Hardware workers laughing about an old lady in her pjs, they are probably referring to me, LOL!

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Leggings: LuLaRoe (similar here)~~Cardigan: De Taille (similar here or here)~~Tunic Top: Cupshe (similar here just red & white)~~Boots: Payless (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here lighter colored)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s long cardigan is a fabulous lightweight, duster type that I saw on one of Charming Charlie’s $10 email sales. I feel like it’s been a great investment (especially for only $10).

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We were able to take these photos in front of this fun wall before we went to breakfast with 2 other friends! We call it our Quail Street Girls Club since that’s the street we all lived on when we first met!

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I used a stick pin to hold the top portion closed for a couple of reasons. I was looking for a brooch, but then I didn’t want anything too big or glitzy! And I figured, since she has this little gem, it might as well get some wear!

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I feel like these longer cardigans are very versatile. They can be dressed up pretty easily and made to function as a jacket over a dress. Or they can look great with jeans, like Nancy is showing! Nancy has also worn this duster over her jumpsuit, here.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Jeans: J.Jill (similar here)~~Cardigan: Charming Charlies (similar here in a butterfly print or here in stripes)~~Top: St. John’s Bay (similar here)~~Boots: Enzo Angiolini (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here set of 3 in dark pearl)~~Earrings: (similar here with bling)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: For mom’s long sweater, we chose this tunic like one. She bought it at a thrift store, but it was a little too short to be worn as a dress. Because of that we’ve layered it over a skirt in the past and also today. The first time we paired it over a black skirt, here. So this time, I wanted to switch it up and use her charcoal grey skirt.

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Since the rest of the outfit was very muted and neutral, I grabbed some colorful accessories. I couldn’t decide which tassel necklace to use, so I just had mom wear them all!

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Here’s a close up of the skirt. You can see that’s it’s a textured wool skirt!

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I found a turtleneck for mom to wear under the sweater that was basically the same color as the skirt. It makes it look more cohesive to me. Another option to do like this would be to layer it over a dress. You’ll see more of that concept in the next sweater post!

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Skirt: Grace Elements-thrifted (similar here not textured or here in a sweater version)~~Long Sweater: Gap-thrifted (similar here in black & white)~~Turtleneck: Style & Co (similar here)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Necklaces🙁similar here with multicolored beads or here in pink)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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  • 3littleredheads

    I’m so in love with the blue sweater!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amanda!!
      I’m always on the lookout for a great deal!!

  • I absolutely love long sweaters and cardigans for fall and winter time and they really are so versatile!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Leelo!!

  • A long Cardigan is an invaluable piece for the wardrobe. I think this is what I wear more than anything else. Love Nancy’s one x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny because I’ve just starting wearing these length cardigans!!
      So tell, Laurie—what kind of coat do you wear over them? Or do you consider them your coat?

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    As always I love your outfit! It looks really comfy to me and warm. Love the red pops of color. That duster! OMG only $10? It looks great and I love that you can dress it up or down. Perfect.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nikki!!
      And wasn’t that duster such a great deal? I know, I had to buy it for her, and figured even if she didn’t love it, I could somehow do something to it for me!!

  • Deepti Karulkar

    Gosh I love all three ways you guys have styled this outfit. Love your posts!

    Deepti xx |

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Deepti!!

  • I love long sweaters! Thank you for sharing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Barbie!!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    Loving your long sweaters! I only own one! I need more in my life!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are a fun item. I only have a couple also, but I’m betting that will change soon, ha ha!!

  • donnaduck

    I am all about the long cardigans! I just bought one about 2 months ago in a knit that looks like denim. I figured it would go with a lot of my pants and I always need an extra layer at work (front desk, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that the NW wind always blows at!). My cardigan doesn’t have buttons to close it with, but that’s okay because I tend not to button up an outside layer like this.

    And as far as you looking like you’re shopping in PJ’s, no way! I love tunics with printed leggings! I think you look great! As do Nancy and Charlotte! I would never have guessed that Charlotte had a skirt under her tunic! It blends so well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the lovely comment, Donna!!
      I have a cardigan that doesn’t have a closure either—and many times I’ll use a brooch instead!
      So do you wear a coat over your long cardigan, or is it something you keep at work always? I was wondering what length of coat would look good over these? I may have to experiment next winter with another series about them!!

  • Sweaters and layers and boots are definitely a must! I like long cardigans and do often liken them to pieces that I’d like to lounge around the house in, but pjs as street style has been making it’s rounds, right?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right Lydia—I should just say I dressed in pj’s on purpose!!

  • Long sweaters are a perfect idea at any age. You all look beautiful!

    xx, Elise

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Elise!!

  • I looked at your long sweater with the shawl collar and thought “what’s not to like?” I used to have a few long cardigans but not any more – I think it’s because with our climate you can’t wear it outdoors without a coat. Who knows! I will definitely be looking for one in my new thrifting pursuit. I love the way you added color to Charlotte’s outfit with the tassels.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gail for the positive comment!! It’s funny how different our clothing can “feel” on us yet appear different.
      I was just talking about what coat to wear with these longer sweaters—maybe that’ll be another series, ha ha!!

  • I love long sweaters and cardigans. I like all three looks. Your cardigan is my favorite. I love the color, yarn, and asymmetrical lines. I think it works well with your LuLaRoe leggings (I ordered my first pair and can’t wait to get them!). Maybe you would be more comfortable in a grey or black tunic with the leggings and the cardigan? You could then add a red statement necklace to add a pop of color?

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great idea, Andrea!! I’m definitely going to try it another way!! This tunic may feel better with skinny jeans instead….we’ll see!!
      I bet you’re going to love your LuLaRoe leggings—I know everyone says this—but they are so comfortable. I don’t know what they do to the material, but it’s so soft!!
      Thanks for the love and speaking of love—-Happy V-Day!!

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie your outfit is my favorite this time. Love the asymetrical sweater and I also really like that you are not playing it safe but having so much fun with your wardrobe!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well thanks for that vote of confidence Mary! I am learning that they are just clothes, so fun is the best way to approach them!!

  • dan

    A long cardigan is comfortable…I wear mine especially in transition seasons. I love the graphic print of Nancy’s one! I think it would look perfect also on a skirt…
    A Quail Street Girls Club sounds sooooo cute!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are a great transitional “jacket”!! What a great idea to pair Nancy’s with a skirt—she doesn’t wear skirts all that much, but now I’m going to have to see what would work!! Thanks, Dan!

  • The wall is such a fun background! And oh yes, it’s fun to try new things – but it’s always good to get some inspiration for things we already have. I love all your sweaters! You all look so cozy and lovely.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lindsey!

  • I love long sweaters! You all look so chic! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!

  • Laura

    I love how you layered your mom’s sweater, I wouldn’t have guessed it wasn’t all one layer! And that $10 duster of Nancy’s was a great deal! I love the colors! Your outfit definitely doesn’t scream pajamas to me at all! I love the cozy feel of your look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!

  • Anna Marcus

    I guess it is all depends of what part of world you are living, Jodie. We, in Australia, are very seldom using the word sweater, it is either a jumper it it’s short or a cardigan (cardi) for long pieces. This cleared, I don’t think you look like a lady in her PJ’s at all. I love the tights and the addition of bandanna makes adds some panache to the outfit

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is so funny how the terminology is different around the world, Anna!!
      Thanks for the positive thoughts!!
      And happy V-Day!!

  • I love long cardis. I have one that’s an actual cardigan and one that is more like a sweater tunic/dress. Both are great and a bit different than just a typical sweater!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, Ruth. Right now, at least, they are different than what we see all the time!!

  • Bernadette

    Love the use of the stick pin in the second look!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette!! Do you have a collection at home? I used to have a ton of these, but I got rid of most of them. At least Nancy still has a couple!!

      • Bernadette

        No, unfortunately, but my mum has several I may have to “borrow”.

  • I live for long cardigans, ladies you look gorgeous 🙂 They are so cozy and comfortable!
    xo, Yasmin

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Yasmin!!

  • I love a long cardigan! They are so cozy & look great paired with just about everything! Jeans & dresses alike!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right, Michelle—they really go with everything!!

  • I LOVE a long cardigan, dear Jodie!! I actually have several in my closet; they’re my usual outerwear go-to for our generally mild Vancouver winters, but this year it’s been exceptionally chilly (and snowy!) so they haven’t seen the light of day very much recently!! And I’m really admiring your mom’s tunic-length striped sweater over that turtleneck and knit skirt…such a “sleek and chic” combo!! Well done, ladies!! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for weighing in on this Monika!!
      Since you have several, can I pick your brain? Do you ever wear them when you need to also wear a coat? If so, what type of coat goes with them?
      I can see how they could be considered a coat themselves, and since you haven’t worn them much this winter, maybe they are only for mild temperature?

      • Now you’ve got my wheels turning, Jodie!! I’ve layered one of my long cardigans with a kimono before, so I can’t see any reason why you couldn’t layer one with a coat!! I’d probably go with a similar length – maybe just a bit shorter, so you can see the hem of the cardi peeking out – but I could see a cropped jacket (like a moto) working, too!! Time for some sartorial experimentation, I’d say!! XO

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Maybe next winter, we should work together on this project? See how we could make them coat friendly??
          Happy V-Day!!

          • That’s a really fun idea…yes, I’d love to!! (Not that I really want to be thinking of NEXT winter when this one isn’t even over yet, haha!!) Hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day, too, Jodie!! 🙂

  • long sweaters are my fav! super cute post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kelsey!!

  • Loving all of the boots!

    Treats and Trends

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jamie!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Very entertaining post as I wait to return from Arizona and a wonderfully memorable weekend. WOW…
    You “sweater gals” are darling. I LOVE sweaters. They are probably one of my top 3 articles of clothing!!
    I’m fondest of Nancy’s look this time. I simply love the cool geometric design in her sweater. Your look is a bunch of fun Jody. The leggings are sooooo cute!!
    Nancy’s look is deceiving. If you hadn’t done the close up shots I would have thought it was one long sweater dress.
    As always a lovely and this time “toasty” trio!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I bet you had a blast over the weekend, Jude!! I really can’t wait to hear all about it!! Were you there with the goats? I looked through that slideshow but didn’t see you!!
      We probably love sweaters so much because it gets COLD where we live? I mean, sure they are pretty and such, but come on—we need to stay warm!!

  • Long sweaters are definitely a wardrobe staple for me and can be worn so many ways. You all look great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really have been loving them so much lately! I suppose they really didn’t function as well when I was working—I could see the really long ones getting caught in the wheels of the chair when I would be moving it?

  • I also love them especially with boots and leggings!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!

  • I love long sweaters and you ladies did a great job styling them! Your mom’s boots are so cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Aracely!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Old lady in her pj’s? You should have told them to clean their glasses. You’re more fun and funky in your attire 🙂 I like the asymmetrical aspect of your sweater…very interesting…good photo of the back. Of the three outfits, I could definitely see myself wearing Nancy’s selection…I love everything about it.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I didn’t say it in the post, but one of the workers at Ace Hardware did compliment my sweater—of course he saw it from the back! It did make me feel a little better about the outfit, but I still wasn’t super happy about it!!
      It’s so nice to hear when someone can identify with an outfit we put together, Janet!! Thanks so much for being part of this!!

  • ADA

    I love all three ways you ladies styled these long sweaters. Your outfit and your step-mom’s are so fun. I love Nancy’s gorgeous geo cardigan too and I love how your mom layered those colorful tassel necklaces.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ada!

  • Mireille

    Bought a long sweater this year and have really enjoyed it: very cozy especially with the mild winter we have been having. Love the variety in your choices: each unique and flattering!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mireille!!
      I feel like I’ve been seeing many more long sweaters in this last year!! Somehow they make me feel more glamorous (i’m sure it’s all in my head, ha ha)

  • I love long sweaters and enjoyed the variety of style with each yours. I love your mom’s look and how the similar colors and layering made it so cohesive it almost looks like a dress.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie–I keep trying to steal this sweater from my mom since it’s too short for her. But then we come up with these ideas of how to style it and then she wants to keep it. I need to learn to keep my mouth shut…ha ha!!

  • Wow Jodie, you ladies never let me down! You all look amazing! Your outfit is so fun! Doesn’t it make you happy to dress fun? It does me! I also love the coziness of long sweaters, especially in cold weather. I use light weight ones even in the summer where I live. Great layering piece! Peace! Cheryl

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Cheryl!! That’s really a good point. Especially lightweight sweaters are not only for winter. Heck, sometimes I need them just to go in the grocery store in the summer!!

  • These are all great looks. Nancy’s sweater is my favorite. Just love the length and pattern…so pretty! Have a beautiful week, Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!! It is a great sweater, huh? In fact, I was really going to buy it for me…too bad it wasn’t in my size!! But at least Nancy was able to get it!!

  • Long sweaters are my favorite thing!!! Covers what I want hidden, and keeps me toasty through Buffalo winters. The only real challenge for me is wearing them under coats.

    In your post today, I especially like how you paired Nancy’s with a completely different color turtleneck. It works so well, and I would have never thought to do that….even after reading your blog for this long. I’d still be looking to pick up a color from the sweater (which would have been all wrong). Thanks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I am stumped about that too, Em! It’s kinda like these have to be your coat? Maybe we can start layering them one over another, ha ha! Or maybe I should start a new trend with a cropped jacket over them?
      I’m glad I can still inspire you!! It really makes my heart sing to hear you say that! (Although Nancy might actually get credit for this, because I think she picked out the turtleneck!!) I’m no different though—I get into a habit about how to wear something, or to pair it with a certain color. I’m just now pushing myself to try other ways!!

  • Love how all these long sweaters are styled! I adore all the asymmetrical details in yours Jodie. Such a great winter staple in my opinion. Have a wonderful week!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathrine! I have worn this sweater a ton. It’s one of those items I bought and wasn’t 100% sold on—but once I started wearing it, I loved it!!

  • I love a long cardigan!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie—they are super fun!!

  • Long sweaters are so cozy in the winter. I love the pieces you paired together. Happy Monday, from the Thank Goodness Its Monday linkup! Megs

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Meg, for the kind words!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Dusters and long sweaters over tunics is my happy place lately, lol Great looks, and what a fabulous deal on Nancy’s print sweater.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey!! I was going to buy the print sweater for myself, but it wasn’t my size!! Lucky Nancy!!
      I do love these longer sweaters lately—they just seem so sophisticated for some reason?

  • Nice one! Keep this up! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Zunera!!