How To Avoid The Frumpy Look Wearing Long Cardigans

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

Long cardigans are back on the style scene and are a must have in your wardrobe selections.  If you are asking why, the answer is simple.  Long cardigans allow for the perfect amount of comfort and coverage without sacrificing style.  More importantly, long cardigan outfits pretty much work for every woman, regardless of shape or size.

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

Since long cardigans are pretty trendy these days, you can find easily find beautiful styles in chunky knits, mesh fabrics, cotton, lace, crochet, etc.  Name your material, and you can find your long cardigan to match your wish.  You are free to create either bohemian and hippie looks or keep things Tomboy inspired.  I personally think that this might be the best layering piece that will easily make you stand out in the crowd.

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

Now you should know that there are different lengths to the “long cardigan.”  Stylists consider the long cardigan to be one that hits between the hop and knee.  This relaxed boyfriend cardigan works with just about any look.  The open-front or draped style draws the eyes vertically which is always flattering.  A floor length or maxi cardigan hits between the knee and ankle.  These cardigans are slightly more unexpected and a great option for those looking to step out of the norm.

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

You might have heard these maxi cardigans called dusters as well.  It might seem a little too much for some.  However, if you have been following my blog, you know that I am going to push you to step out of your comfort zone with your style.  These cardigans are not difficult to pull off.  The extra length absolutely adds that drama to an understated ensemble.   The trick to wearing these long cardigans is to avoid bulky clothing underneath.  Wearing these cardigans with skinny jeans or short hemlines are ideal.  By wearing the duster with shorter hemlines you will balance the length of the duster.  Alternatively, you can create a similar effect with the over-the-knee boots.

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

I thrifted this striped Top Shop duster from Crossroads Trading Company for $15.  Great price, considering the retail value was $69.  I love this duster because it’s incredibly soft.  Additionally, it’s a neutral print that can be worn with anything this fall and winter season.

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

Following my own advice, I opted to pair my duster with a shorter hemline shirt dress.  I thrifted this Banana Republic shirt dress from Goodwill for $7.50!  I actually wore this dress often in the summer evenings, but you already know my philosophy about stretching those summer dresses into the fall.  Adding the long cardigan over the dress provided the perfect amount of warmth and comfort for me.  I chose to belt the dress to provide a little definition to my waistline.  The leather belt came from an estate sale for .50cents.  You can never have too many skinny belts, and this is the perfect piece for this look.

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

Time for over-the-knee boots guys!  I recently received a $50 gift certificate from DSW, one of my absolutely favorite shoe store.  Of course, I saved that gift certificate to purchase the perfect winter boots.  When I tried on these Isola boots, I immediately fell in love.  Comfort is always my first concern when it comes to shoes.  Yes, there are times, we will suffer the pain to look cute.  But, when it comes to boots, I simply need to be comfortable.  I am already uncomfortable with the cold weather, why add to a misery with shoes that are uncomfortable.  These boots are both extremely comfortable and stylish.  Best of all, I got these boots for $70 since they were priced at $99, and I used my DSW reward points.  Leather boots for $70 — yea, I will take that!

Long Cardigan and Over the Knee Boots - Thrifting Diva

Finally, I completed my look with this vintage bag that I got from San Diego for $10 from Frock You Vintage, a vintage store.  I think it adds the final drama to this look featuring my long cardigan.

 

Share the Thrifting Inspiration
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Spread the Love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

22 Comments

  1. I am in the short girl club and always have this very problem! I can’t wear heels either which make things worse. I tell you what I feel like you rock everything on here and always looks so awesome!

  2. I love wearing long cardigans, especially the boyfriend ones. These are great styling tips. You look amazing! And I can’t believe you bought the dress for $7.50 – so cute with the belt! I love shopping resale shops for high end items at affordable prices.

  3. Cute outfit!! I love cardigans and would love to get some more for fall and winter. I also love how you can wear them with just about anything.

  4. I love this style! I wore a lot of long cardigans during winter here in Australia – I love them, they are so comfortable and feel so snuggly! I like your ideas here to keep it from looking frumpy

  5. I’m so excited to see that long cardigans are back in style. I have a few from over the years that I just love but haven’t worn in quite a while. I love pairing them with jeans and boots or a fitted dress or skirt. They are just so chic, while also keeping you warm.

  6. I love these tips!! I haven’t been inspired to try long cardigans yet but your look is KILLER! I have to try this out during the fall.

  7. I live in long cardigans about half the year. Love them. Given that winter where I live is somewhere between 40 and 60 degrees. Your outfit is terrific.

  8. Ooh love this. Your outfit looks lovely. I am a really big fan of the long cardigans. I need more in my life actually. This one is gorgeous!

  9. This post came in exactly when I needed it!! I’ve noticed the frumpy look while I was trying to wear my long cardigan… THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT FASHION TIP!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

FOLLOW ME @ INSTAGRAM

  • Popped into Old Navy yesterday to get coats for the little ones, and found these velvet beauties, on clearance, $8!!!!!!! #thriftingdivas
  • DIY possibilities.  Thrift a towel holder and spray paint.  Then use to hold bracelets!!!! #thriftingdivas
  • Pairing vintage blouse with a mini skirt and  otkb just seems right to me!  Best of all, outfit under $90.  Thrifted blouse, $5.  Thrifted faux leather skirt, $3.  Kate Spade clutch from estate sale, $2.  Chinese Laundry OTKB, $80, clearance sale.  #thriftingdivas
  • Thrifted velvet blazer and plaid skirt, anfd thrifted leather boots.  #thriftingdivas
  • Happy Friday!!!!! If you are in need of a personal thrift stylist, I'm your girl! #thriftingdivas
  • Yup, shorts in the fall can be done. Check out today's blog post about how I rocked my thrifted shorts with a thrifted blazer and booties. Check out the blog for more details on this look, and tips to wearing shorts in the fall.  Link in bio. #thriftingdivas