2 easy long cardigan outfits - une femme d'un certain âge

2 easy ways to style a long cardigan

Susan B wears a casual outfit with a long cardigan, striped tee, jeans, and sneakers.

To wear at home…

I usually have at least one long cardigan in my wardrobe at any given time. They’re versatile, comfortable, and (in my experience) easy to style. This one was gifted from Chico’s as part of an Instagram collaboration, and I really like it!

earrings | cardigan | necklace | top | jeans | sneakers (similar)

(All items above were gifted by Chico’s except the sneakers.) Wearing sizes 00P/XS in the cardigan and jeans, size 00/XS in the top.

The cardigan is a rayon blend, lightweight and wool-free, and is a good piece for mild climates or transitional season wear. The fabric is ribbed, but not clingy, and there’s a nice (functional) button detail on the cuffs. It’s offered in 3 colors, sizes 00-4 (2-22).

To wear out & about…

Susan B. wears a long cardigan outfit with brown sweater, jeans, French Kande jewelry and leopard oxfords. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

earrings | cardigan | necklace | top | ring | jeans | shoes

Here’s a look I’d wear out for lunch with friends or a casual date night with le Monsieur. While this is still a relaxed outfit, the more refined top, shoes, and jewelry dress it up a bit.

Detail: Susan B. wears a French Kande necklace and gold signet ring with vintage French medallion. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

This ring is from the new French Kande “Champs de Mars” collection, and I’m absolutely in love with it! It’s a mixed metal piece (gold and brass) and is so comfortable to wear. There’s a ring of Swarovski crystals around the outside of the medallion for a little extra sparkle.

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  1. January 22, 2021 / 7:17 am

    I’ve been a fan of long cardigans for years…even before they were popular. Prefer with pockets, but I’ll take them any way at all! They just do “dress up” any outfit; they allow for scarf, jewelry etc; and are available in almost any fabric combination. I’m 5’4″ and somehow they make me look a bit taller!

  2. Lyn
    January 22, 2021 / 8:43 am

    The color of that tee really pops. But you need it to offset the very neutral cardigan.
    Now that you have lived for a while with your new pallet, are you finding colors that “should” work but that you just don’t like? Or colors that shouldn’t work but make you feel good?
    I self-diagnosed as a Summer, but I gravitate to the warm colors of Spring and have had to admit that is wear I belong. But the tone is the most important thing to me. The colors have to be strong. I can’t wear pale peach, but I have a lot of mid-tone orange and rust. Pastels make me feel washed out.
    The deciding color was pale blue-toned lilac, which should have been in a Summer pallet. But I felt so drab, uncomfortable and unhappy that I had to give the clothes away. That’s when I decided I was wrong about being a Summer.
    At this point, I don’t care about which colors supposedly look good on me — I’m more interested in how I feel in them. (One reason I’ll never abandon black, which always makes me feel good.)

    • Angela in NZ
      January 22, 2021 / 12:20 pm

      I had the same dilemma about colour “seasons”. Since I investigated the alternative of cool or warm, bright or soft, light, medium or deep I’ve finally found my best match. Professionally classed as Winter a few years ago I too liked some Spring colours. That’s what led me to realising I’m Cool, Bright and Deep but now transitioning from brunette to natural grey I could change in depth but will always look better in Bright.

      • Lyn
        January 22, 2021 / 7:20 pm

        I like that analysis — it seems more straightforward. It took just seconds for me to classify myself as Warm, Bright and Deep. It takes care of some of the difficulties and inconsistencies with the Season-based classification. That bluish-lilac cardigan of mine was a failure on all three counts — cool, soft and light. I just couldn’t make myself like it. (And it was brand new! That’s what really hurt.)

  3. Linda
    January 22, 2021 / 10:16 am

    Your jewelry, shoes and glasses really elevate your simple outfits! I love how cozy long cardigans are, and the way that you styled yours really pulls your looks together.

  4. Lisa B
    January 23, 2021 / 1:28 pm

    Looks great Susan! I love long cardigans. Anything that covers my bum. LOL. I really love the J Crew Juliette cardigan. It fits well and can be dressed up or down. That Chico cardigan is a great price.
    Once this awful pandemic is over I’m having my colors redone.
    Loved the post with the bright sweater. A sales girl at Neiman’s once told me since I was short I shouldn’t wear a print larger than my fist. I’ve followed that rule ever since but you’ve made me rethink that maybe I should wear whatever I like. The problem is I rarely find prints I like. Stripes and dots are it for me. When I stray from this I feel silly. Hence, my boring wardrobe. I’ve tried Talbot’s prints but it’s just not me. It seems every season they have a mascot animal on their clothing. Scotties, flamingos, etc. and they’re everywhere. Will try Antro for prints.

  5. January 25, 2021 / 6:28 am

    You do these cardigans well, but they are no good for my body shape. Which figures as we are almost opposites.

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