How to Wear a Long Cardigan

How to Wear a Long Cardigan


I realized recently that I don’t have any cardigans in my closet this spring. I had a few that I used to wear a ton at this time of year, but I purchased them all at the same time so I found myself getting rid of them all at the same time.

These days I tend to wear more jackets than cardigans, but I still like the comfort and ease of a cardigan at times. I typically go for the boyfriend style cardigans that fall to the hip area, but I for some reason I was drawn to this long linen blend cardigan. It took me a few tries to figure out how to wear a long cardigan, but I’m pleased with how this outfit turned out.

I wasn’t sure about it at first, but now that I’ve styled it a few times, I really like it. It has a certain elegance that makes for the perfect dressed-up casual look that is great for lunch dates with friends or an event like a baby shower or casual graduation party.

I had planned to wear it over white jeans and a white tank at my conference last week, but I ended up wearing something else that day. I’ll definitely be wearing that outfit to church sometime soon.

For this post, I styled the cardigan with a white tank and dark jeans and wedge sandals. 

Spring Fashion Trend: Long Linen Blend Cardigan

I learned through some trial and error that a long cardigan looks better with high heels because they help balance out the length of the sweater. It also looks best with ankle-length or full-length pants, at least when wearing a different color top.

When I wear it over a monochromatic white on white, I can get away with cropped jeans and perhaps even a shorter heel. It’s all about visually creating the proper proportions. I’ll be styling the sweater again soon over white on white so you can see what I mean.

Spring Fashion Trend: Long Linen Blend Cardigan

Spring Fashion Trend: Long Linen Blend Cardigan

I added a long tassel necklace to dress up the look. This one is no longer available, so I linked to a few similar styles below.

Spring Fashion Trend: Long Linen Blend Cardigan

This little grey studded crossbody is by Sole Society, and it is super cute and affordable at $44.

Spring Fashion Trend: Long Linen Blend Cardigan

Spring Fashion Trend: Long Linen Blend Cardigan


Long Cardigan ($68) // white tank c/o LNBF // Black Orchid released hem skinnies via Stitch Fix
Studded Crossbody ($44!!!) // similar tassel necklace ($80) or THIS ($20)
Stuart Weitzman sandals ($455) I also really like THESE ($140) and THESE in blush patent ($69)
nails: CND Studio White

I had a great time in Dallas, but it’s good to be home! Fortunately I had an uneventful flight, and I arrived home mid-afternoon yesterday. I was delighted to discover that I missed the spring snowstorm that surprised the northeast last weekend. Spring weather is supposed to return this week, hallelujah! I am SO ready for warm weather to be here to stay.

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22 Responses

  1. I’m glad you had an uneventful flight back home. I do believe Spring may be on its way. I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed!
    I love this outfit! The coral sweater is beautiful. I have a similar length sweater in Ivory. It truly does dress outfits up, and it’s fun to wear something other than a jacket. Although, I’m addicted to Spring jackets!

  2. I love this cardigan on you JoLynne and I did see the picture of the all white ensemble and that looked great also. I don’t remember what shoes you had on, but I think the leopard flats would look great with the white outfit and coral sweater. Many of the reviews on the website stated the sweater was scratchy. Do you find it to be so too?

  3. That coral sweater is so pretty! Coral seems to be a universal color, flattering to most people. And it’s perfect for spring.

  4. I love that sweater, that shade of coral is pretty much my favorite color. I have a similar sweater that I wear all the time, I may copy this outfit for Casual Friday this week!

  5. I love this cardigan on you, love the color! It’s just perfect! I’m praying for Spring to come and stay awhile too!! Have a Marvelous Monday!

  6. Love love LOVE that color on you and love the longer length! I really liked the all white ensemble as well. I am going to copy this one! Also, I wore pink skinnies, a charcoal tank and a denim jacket yesterday, completely inspired by you! Thanks for the great outfits Jo-Lynne! Your style works in Southern CA as well as East Coast!! 🙂

  7. Jo Lynne, Glad to hear that you had a great time in Dallas. Glad too that you had a safe travel home.

    I promise you must of been reading my mind. I have a long cardigan that just didn’t know how to wear it. Thank you. Mine is navy and I loved it when I bought it but just never really knew how. In fact I bought it two years ago and only wore it once. Glad I kept it.

    I love that color on you.

  8. Great tips on how to wear the long cardigan. I love reading and learning about those details on how to get the proportions right! Keep em coming. It was so helpful to know about the heels or to do monochromatic. I probably would have just tried flats for my everyday wear, but now I know to add a little lift! It’s encouraging to know that even a pro will have a couple of trys to get it right. Welcome back!! Happy Monday!

  9. Great look on you! I agree, wearing some type of heel is a must with a cardigan this long. I have a blue one that is not quiet this long that I need to wear. Think I will try mine with white jeans and a white tee shirt, since mine is blue.

    Have a great week!

  10. It’s funny because I had this longer cardigan in my closet for many years but probably only wore it once.
    But lately I’ve been pulling it out more and more! I especially like it as a “coat” over my dresses!!
    Sometimes it’s good not to purge everything I haven’t worn in a year!!!
    And I love that necklace—it really stand out nicely! jodie

  11. New to your website and am just curious if these items are your normal price point? Don’t know many people who can drop that much money on a pair of sandals

  12. Love this post as I have struggled with a long cardigan and how to best style it. If you have one with buttons in front would you wear it unbuttoned? Also, do you mind sharing your lip color? It looks divinely gorgeous on you and I want to try it out. Thanks for all the fantastic posts. ????

    1. Hey Janey, I’m not sure what color I was wearing that day. I’m sorry!!! I usually mix a few – especially when it’s a darker color like that. I probably used an orange pencil and brought it down with a pinkish gloss. 🙂

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