Printed sweaters for women - une femme d'un certain âge

Adding some fun to a simple outfit

Susan B. wears a printed sweater in abstract leopard, slim-leg jeans and slip-on platform sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m all about simple, un-fussy style, but sometimes I just want to wear something fun. A printed sweater or top is one way to add visual interest (and fun) without a lot of fuss.

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All ideas are my own. (None of the items I’m wearing were gifted.)

earrings | sweater | necklace* | jeans | sneakers

*worn as bracelet

I’ve been living in my jeans and sweaters lately. Almost all of my sweaters are either solids or stripes, so when I saw this irreverent take on leopard print, I had to try it. I’m wearing the XS.

Susan B sits on a swing wearing a leopard printed sweater and jeans. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

When I first pulled this sweater out of the box, I was worried that the print might be too big for me. And maybe it is, but I don’t care. 😆 It’s fun and quirky, and appeals to my playful side.

Susan B on a swing wearing a leopard printed sweater and dark wash jeans. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The jeans are one of my all-time favorite styles, the AG Prima. The cut is slim, but not skinny. I have a few pairs in this style in different washes. They’re quite comfortable; the fabric is lighter with some stretch. And they hold up really well too!

Nordstrom carries the clothing brands I wear most often (Eileen Fisher, Madewell, Vince, AG, Halogen). They offer free shipping and returns. And if you’re in a hurry, you can order online and pick up at a store near you. (Curbside pickup, too.)

More printed sweaters

Susan B. wears an abstract leopard print sweater, dark wash jeans and slip-on sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Do you wear printed sweaters? What’s your favorite print or pattern?

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  1. January 15, 2021 / 4:38 am

    Really like this fun sweater on you. Add more items like this to your wardrobe.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks very much! I hope to… 🙂

  2. Diane B
    January 15, 2021 / 5:38 am

    Such fun, and you look so happy, well I guess you always do. This certainly fits the gamine catagory of your style. I was just thinking, Gigi fits that as well 🙂

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks very much, Diane! And yes, Gigi is quite the Gamine in her own right… 😉

  3. Meg
    January 15, 2021 / 5:41 am

    I like a fair isle print, but living in Florida, finding one suitable for the climate was a tough chore. I finally found my sweater on sale at Nordstrom- it’s cotton (!) and a creamy white base with hot pink and tan and silver in the pattern.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:47 pm

      Cotton sweaters are great for milder climates and transitional seasons! I wish more brands offered them.

  4. January 15, 2021 / 5:55 am

    This print isn’t at all too big for you. It is perfect and so is the shape of the sweater. I think you picked really well. It is a really nice outfit.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Greetje! I’m very happy with it too.

  5. Bette
    January 15, 2021 / 5:58 am

    I love Garnet Hill merino wool cardigans in various prints. Every year, I look forward to seeing the new prints and buy one, maybe two. In fact, there are several that might appeal to those of you with warmer coloring —

  6. Valla
    January 15, 2021 / 6:02 am

    That is so perfect on you! I wish it came in “my” colors- I’d snap it up.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks, Valla!

  7. Denise Thibaudeau
    January 15, 2021 / 6:12 am

    I love your “simple” outfit and it fits my unfussy lifestyle beautifully. Also loved how you pulled it together with the brownish shoes!
    I have a lovely read sweater with a heart of leopard skin on the front. I absolutely love it and get tons of compliments whenever I wear it. Reminds me of your outfit today!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks, Denise! I think I know which sweater you’re referring to and yes, it’s lovely.

  8. Cinzia
    January 15, 2021 / 6:14 am

    I love a sweater with a print, and that one is great on you. I like to channel my “Italian knitware” vibe — printed sweaters are a staple for me and have been for years. I generally prefer a cardigan to a pullover, and underneath tend to go with the “column of one color” approach for the pants and the shell or t-shirt under the sweater.

    I have solid-color sweaters as well, but I find that unless they have some special detail (e.g., mixed stitching or a pretty sleeve or neck detail), they don’t get worn as much!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:44 pm

      I agree, it’s now the sweaters that have either an interesting detail or texture that I want to wear the most.

  9. Linda Mitchell
    January 15, 2021 / 6:30 am

    My sweater wardrobe consists of solids with a few stripes. Years ago I had given up holiday sweaters (after a particularly on point episode of What Not to Wear ☺️) but this year I brought home a Talbots novelty sweater with 3 sledding miniature schnauzers…you see, we’ve owned 3 mini schnauzers over the years, lost our last in 2019, and it’s a pandemic. That purchase was a no-brainer. It makes me smile every time I wear it. And if I’m in my 60s looking a little silly, so what?

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:43 pm

      Oh, it sounds charming, especially if the print has a special meaning for you. And we all need something that makes us smile.

    • Lee Rosenthall
      January 15, 2021 / 5:36 pm

      Oh, I LOVE that sweater – good for you! I buy ANYTHING I find with a fox terrier on it – smooth or wire, as we’ve had both. Terriers Are Life. 🙂

  10. Téa
    January 15, 2021 / 6:57 am

    I’m going to bust out a printed sweater today! After all, it’s FRIDAY, isn’t it?? TGIF!!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:41 pm

      Yes! Let’s have some fun!

  11. Marguerite
    January 15, 2021 / 7:18 am

    Can you tell me which AG prima style you are wearing, please? The Nordstrom site has several different ones. Thanks! You wear it well!

  12. Joann Czarny
    January 15, 2021 / 7:51 am

    Love your sweater! It’s a keeper. I also love your jean/pant suggestions, but when I “shop” then they are all too short for me (5’8”.) An ankle jean/pant for me is a 29-30” inseam. I would love to see some choices in that range.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 7:58 am

      Thanks! Here’s a similar style from AG with a 31″ inseam…

  13. Linda
    January 15, 2021 / 7:53 am

    You look ageless in this look Susan, it’s so fresh and fun! You take such nice care of your skin too, it really glows. I have been using prescription Retin A like you do, for over 20 years now and it really has helped so much.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:41 pm

      Thanks, Linda! It’s really made a difference for me too.

  14. DakotaTchr
    January 15, 2021 / 8:08 am

    Everything you style looks so easy and effortless – but your happy, kind smile cements it! I am a totally different color (winter), but also petite, so when shopping, I visualize what things would look like on you first, and then try to adapt color. I visited several blogs on your reading list, plus a few others yesterday, and yours is above all. I appreciate your conversational tone, approach, and focus. Your layout makes sense to me and it is easy to locate everything. Thank you, Susan, for your diligent effort and positivity.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, DakotaTchr! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog.

  15. Nancy MK
    January 15, 2021 / 8:21 am

    I do not like wearing printed sweaters*, on me, at all, ever, no way, and rarely stripes either (ok for t-shirts) yet fell for a cashmere printed in large turquoise, fushia and other bright colors on a cream background. Susan, this is entirely your fault because your enthusiasm inspires me to look at spring colors, since I am a spring, even though I strongly prefer quiet colors……Similarly influenced, I bought several of the Jenni Kayne fisherman’s sweaters in cotton and in cashmere. Luckily ebay is there when I have these frenzies.

    *(I do think the J. Crew cardigans are so pretty, however.)

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:39 pm

      I’m also a bit print-averse, but every now and then there’s one (like this one) that catches my fancy.

  16. Kristina
    January 15, 2021 / 8:25 am

    I can’t think of a thing I don’t like about this sweater on you – fit, length, color, print, and the impish smile it brings to your face. I am going off to look for a “Kristina” version of this type of thing. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks, Kristina!

  17. Cindylou
    January 15, 2021 / 8:33 am


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  18. Pink Azalea
    January 15, 2021 / 11:47 am

    Darling outfit. So perfect for you – great colors and so playful. I am curious – recently I bought a pair of AG jeans after seeing them on your blog. I also bought some eye cream and lip treatment from Brian + MW. I’m very pleased with both purchases and I am not sure how you get credit. I bought a different style of jean with a high rise and they are perfect. I would like to know that you are getting some credit because it helps a lot to narrow down choices for me when shopping online. I use the “link” to browse and may not buy the same day or may choose something else, like a different jean style.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks very much! With regard to the “credit,” for most of my links if you make a purchase from the retailer in my link within a few days (even if a different item) I usually will get that commission. Regarding Brian + MW, he’s a friend and I’m delighted to share his products because I think they’re great. I don’t receive a commission for those, though he will sometimes give me samples of new products to try.

  19. Pat
    January 15, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    I love this look on you – your description of “simple and unfussy” is perfect. Jeans and a great sweater is one of my go-to looks in fall and winter. Depending on my mood and plans, I pair with sneakers, ballet flats, loafers, or ankle boots. I am so intrigued by your new wardrobe colors and choices since the Red Leopard consult – I want to do this so I can get my wardrobe to really shine. Your embrace of your colors and style has been transformational. I think you glow!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Pat! I think my Red Leopard session has been one of my best style investments ever!

  20. Kathie
    January 15, 2021 / 3:27 pm

    I love this sweater. Its actually in my palette. So I ordered it. Since banishing my black/gray/dark navy sweaters I’ve had so few winter sweaters Looking forward to it. Hope I look at least half as good as you do in it.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 15, 2021 / 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathie! I hope you love it.

  21. Ana
    January 15, 2021 / 6:58 pm

    Those trees behind you in that photo are amazing!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 16, 2021 / 6:09 am

      Aren’t they, though? I just love the trees in our neighborhood!

  22. January 16, 2021 / 7:28 am

    Fun! Yes, fun is important now during such a difficult time. And you find fun with this cute sweater. I’m a fan of Nordstrom and buy there often. I’m surprised to hear you wear XS — you’re a giant in my eyes!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 17, 2021 / 7:21 am

      Awww, thanks Shybiker! I’m actually quite short (5’1″). And yes, Nordstrom has a great selection, don’t they?

  23. January 16, 2021 / 9:44 am

    The sweater looks great on you! I love the colours and the pattern isn’t too overwhelming at all. I have several drab grey and black sweaters in my winter wardrobe that are about to get the heave-ho. It’s time to replace them with some colour!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 17, 2021 / 7:20 am

      Thanks so much Elaine! I’ve found that wearing color really is enlivening.

  24. January 16, 2021 / 1:35 pm

    That sweater looks fabulous on you! Perfect color and fit; and, no, the print is not too large on you. Keeper!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 17, 2021 / 7:19 am

      Thanks very much, Christi!

  25. Kathy
    January 16, 2021 / 2:58 pm

    My favourite look is slim jeans and a sweater, patterned or plain. Love this one that you are wearing!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 17, 2021 / 7:18 am

      Thanks, Kathy!

  26. Michele
    January 16, 2021 / 3:45 pm

    I like sweaters with a playful print! Looks great! Why is this a sponsored post by Nordstrom if you weren’t gifted the items?

    • Susan Blakey
      January 17, 2021 / 7:18 am

      Thanks Michele!

      To answer your question, sponsored collaborations can take different forms. In this case, Nordstrom pays a fee for me to feature items available on their website.

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