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How We Styled Long Sweaters

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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.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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).

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

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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Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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