The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Cardigans

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Cardigans are one of those things that every woman has in her closet. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors, and prints, but all cardigans are not created equally. Some cardigans are better for certain body types, and others are better for certain outfits. It can get a little confusing sometimes, but wearing the right cardigan for your body type and for your outfit is important. So today let’s talk about it, lest you wear something that makes you look stumpy, wide, or just wrong.

Here are 4 different cardigan styles, and the Dos and Don’ts of wearing each one:

1. A Waist-Length or Cropped Cardigan

First up, the most common and classic style of cardigan is the waist-length cardigan.

Image source: Merrick White
Image source: Merrick White

Don’t: 

I don’t own any cropped cardigans, so I’m lumping the waist length and cropped cardigans together.

For these lengths of cardigans, DON’T wear them with long tops. The contrast in lengths is not flattering, and creates a weird shape and proportion on your body.

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Do: DO wear them with fit and flare style dresses, or high waisted skirts. The hem of the cardigan should not go more than a few inches past the waist band of your dress or skirt, so keep that in mind when pairing them.

2. The Oversized Cardigan

Oversized Aztec cardigans are huge this season, but they can be a little tricky to style.

Image source: Merrick White
Image source: Merrick White

Don’t: With all the bulk that an oversized cardigan adds, DON’T wear loose fitting bottoms with them. Stay away from boyfriend jeans and maxi skirts. The wideness on top and bottom will make you look… WIDE.

Image source: Merrick White
Image source: Merrick White

Do: Instead, DO wear  your skinniest pair of jeans or leggings. Keep those legs looking as slim as possible!

3. A Wrap Cardigan

Wrap cardigans have the same basic shape as a lot of the aztec cardigans that I mentioned previously, but they are usually more fitted and less bulky. They still have the longer drape-y length though.

Image source: Merrick White
Image source: Merrick White

Don’t: DON’T wear it with a short skirt. Even though it’s not as bulky as the aztec sweater, the drapey length creates weird proportions with shorter skirts. Even my knee-length one is too short to pair with this long cardigan.

Image Source: Merrick White
Image Source: Merrick White

Do: Instead, DO wear it with dark jeans or pants to elongate your silhouette and flatter your figure. Those drapey lapels will create nice long lines up and down your figure.

5. Boyfriend Cardigan

My personal favorite!

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Image source: Merrick White

 

Don’t: As much as I love boyfriend cardigans, the longer length does not work with full skirts or dresses. See how the hem of the cardigan cuts off my body right at a nice wide area of the skirt? Bad. Stick to the waist length cardigans, as mentioned previously.

Image source: Merrick White
Image source: Merrick White

Do: DO wear them with jeans, knee length pencil skirts, or shorts. They really will go with almost anything, as long as your bottoms are fitted and slim!

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