Styling Long Cardigans Outfits & The Ageless Style Linkup
Quote of the day: “The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.” Colin Wilson
It’s that fabulous time of the month again where you can see how 10 different blogs showcase an idea or theme. Thanks to Lisa this month, she suggested we talk about the power of the cardigan. That’s why I chose this quote above. Power can happen in so many ways and even though most women think of clothes as superficial, I think they can make us feel much better about ourselves.
That’s why we styled classic cardigans in our previous post. You know, the ones you have had for years? So for this post, I requested that we all wear the longer style cardigans.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit
Jeans: Cabi-thrifted (similar here)~~Cardigan: Veinfuns c/o (similar here)~~Top: Naked Zebra-thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: Gunmetal (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Ring: Juwelo c/o (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Why I Wore This Outfit
I didn’t wear the camo jeans because we had just styled camo last week. But maybe it was in the back of my mind when I grabbed them?? But after seeing these photos, I have another idea for our camo series for next year. White!
Since it’s getting closer to winter, I thought it’d be good to have my booties and purse be darker. This purse is such a whimsical style and one of my favorites. The funny thing? One of my readers even commented that she saw the same purse in powder blue while looking through Instyle Magazine in a Moschino ad. Let’s just say, I’m sure mine was way less expensive. LOL!
How You Could Change This Outfit
I know I thought the peep toe booties were silly at first. But now I’ve changed my mind and consider them perfect for these transitional months. If you can’t wrap your brain around this style, then your closed toe ankle booties are great too. Or if it’s still a little too hot to consider booties, then there are sneakers that are mule style. The advantage is that there is still some air conditioning for your foot this way.
When I was working as a dentist, it wasn’t easy to wear rings. Since I had to wear rubber gloves the entire day, it was hard to slide the gloves over the rings, besides the fact that the powder in the gloves made a mess.
However, now that I’m retired, I’ve been so excited to add to my ring collection and wear them almost daily. In fact, in our dressy outfits with jeans video I showed how I accessorized with a ton of rings instead of bracelets.
Recently, I was approached by Juwelo to showcase one of their pieces. So I thought it’d be fabulous to add another ring to my selection. Juwelo’s, is an overstock arm of all of their jewelery companies, which means there is a limited amount of each item. Confession? I haven’t taken this ring off since I received it. I love that it goes with everything I’m wearing, and since it’s fine jewelry, it doesn’t make my finger turn green.
Nancy’s (70+) Outfit
Why Nancy Wore This Outfit
This cardigan caught Nancy’s eye when we were at the Chico’s event last year. It’s such a gorgeous print and really lightweight, so it’s perfect for the spring and fall. Yet you really could wear it in the colder months too with heavier layers under it. Speaking of layers, Nancy didn’t have a plain black t-shirt, so she wore a graphic one backwards. That’s why it’s a little high in the front.
And these mint jeans were Nancy’s first pair of skinny jeans. Once she bought and wore this pair, she fell in love with the style. It’s a great example of how you may not think a style is for you until you try it!
How You Could Change This Outfit
Nancy has worn this cardigan even with a dressy outfit on the blog. Even though that was with pants also, I think these cardigans can work with both casual and fancy dresses too. Just think of how great a cardigan like this would be with a simple black dress.
These jade earrings were a souvenir from Charlotte, when my mom went to Japan many years ago. It’s neat how it matches the necklace so well, even though the necklace is not jade. In fact, Nancy bought this necklace when we were doing “research” for the post about why shopping is good for your brain.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit
Capris: Ethyl c/o (similar here)~~Cardigan: Ethyl c/o (similar here)~~Top: Jockey (similar here)~~Shoes: Mochiis c/o (similar here)~~Pin: thrifted (similar here)~~Earrings: Happiness Boutique c/o (similar here)~~Purse: Wilson Leather-thrifted (similar here)
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
My mom started with this navy cardigan because she feels like navy is being shown more and more lately. Besides, this kind of loose weave cardigan works so well when it’s not super cold yet. Both the cardigan and the capris are from Ethyl, and you can see how they look with a print top in that post.
She didn’t plan to wear our Denver Broncos color in this outfit, but then again blue and orange are great together. If you don’t believe me, then you should check out the color of sunsets.
How You Could Change This Outfit
Since it is finally getting cooler for most of us, you may not be pulling out your capris right now. Therefore, any jeans would also work with this cardigan. The yarn is actually a denim colored yarn. Since denim is a neutral, it will work with almost any other color.
If you love the idea of a column of color under a topper, then white jeans would pop the cardigan perfectly. And let’s just say that the advantage of a longer cardigan is it covers your rear. If you happen to have a pair of white jeans that aren’t super thick, then wear them with a long cardigan or tunic. Problem solved!
This white top under the cardigan is actually one that used to be my grandfather’s many, many years ago. Of course, my mom changed it up some to make it work for her. She shortened it at the shoulders which is a relatively easy alteration. In fact, I just had a reader ask about how to fix a tank top when the armholes are too low. So I sent her this video because I’ve had to do it many times too.
Needless to say, that’s not the only change my mom made to this men’s undershirt. She added the applique in the front to make it look more feminine.
Tips & Tricks
Even though all 3 of us styled these long cardigan outfits with pants, they could be great with straight dresses too. Not that they wouldn’t work with a flare dress, but depending on how big the flare is, it could stick out too much. Then again, like I always say, you’ll never know until you try it.
And make sure to experiment with different lengths of these cardigans. Maybe you don’t realize that all three of us are considered petites. So don’t let that deter you from this style.
For some reason, I feel like the longer cardigans seem more elegant and sophisticated. If you’re not sure, one way to try it out, is grab a shirt dress from your closet. Then try wearing it as a duster or long cardigan, and see if you like it.
Ageless Style Group
Onto the others in our ageless style group. I hope you check out these other blogger’s ideas about the power of cardigans. I always think it’s very helpful to see everyone’s different takes on a theme. If you’re a blogger, join in on the link party.
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