A long cardigan is an absolute must in any wardrobe to help you get that trendy layered look, especially in the cooler months. They come in wide, oversized cuts that look great with figure-hugging pants. You can also find countless styles with a slimmer shape, of course, which make our bodies appear longer and thinner. Read on to find out what to pair with a long cardigan and how to style it.
Wearing a long cardigan with pants
Cardigans come in a variety of different lengths. The longer they are, the warmer they are, because they wrap snugly around your legs from behind. Cozy, right? Especially in winter!
You can wear either wide-leg or skinny pants with a long cardigan. Both styles look good, and while it looks more elegant paired with some smart pants, teaming it up with jeans gives you a more casual look.
Long cardigan meets dress or skirt
So feminine! We love the look you get with a dress and a long cardigan! It works best when they’re both a similar length. This style always looks good if they are around knee length. And of course it works great with a skirt, too.
Choose colors selectively
To make sure your look is well coordinated, it’s always a good idea to put together your outfit using pieces from a restricted color palette. So if you’re wearing patterned pants, choose a long cardigan that picks out a color from the pattern.
Also, be careful not to be too bold when combining different patterns. As a rule of thumb, combine large patterns with small ones and make sure you stick to a coordinated color scheme.
Open or done up?
Long cardigans are typically worn open and are rarely buttoned up at the front. So styles that don’t have any buttons or zippers are very much in vogue.
If you generally like your cardigans buttoned up, you can do up a few buttons at the top or wear a belt over an open cardigan for a look that’s really on trend. Alternatively, you can also use a brooch to loosely pin them together.
How to style a cardigan with a jacket or coat
If you want to wear a coat or jacket over the top, it should be longer than your cardigan. Unless your jacket doesn’t have cuffs, in which case a casual layered look becomes an option. Then you can flash a bit of your cardigan underneath it.
If the weather is mild, a long cardigan also works great over a long-sleeved shirt, blouse, or tunic in place of a jacket. A scarf or shawl would go brilliantly with it too.