July 15, 2008

Cardigans II: The Long Ones

Beyond the classic cardigans, I am also obsessed with long cardigans. They give off that effortlessly chic look that is just so...well, chic.
The beauty of it is that the long cardigan look really IS effortless and easy to achieve. Take a plain long cardigan, like these two from UO (left) and American Apparel (right), and pair it with a tank top (black/white or more interestingly- contrasting colored!), skinny jeans (or shorts) and flats (or heels!) and you are good to go! And because the look is so plain and simple, it is also the perfect canvas to accessorize with. Throw on a sharp colored headband, a bold colored scarf, a funky long necklace, crazy earrings, chunky bangles or a fabulous bag for a touch of fun. If you are too lazy to even do that (like me!), then you are in luck. The long cardigan trend has been around long enough to evolve with sharp, geometric prints, contrasting colors and bold details like big gold buttons that it can be worn just as it is, sans accessories, and still look fabulous and fun. I am loving these two refreshingly colored cardigans from Marc by Marc Jacobs. The bold contrasting blue colors with the geometric prints and the gold lining (left) gives the cardigan an old fashioned yet retro look that is both refreshing and stylish. And I just LOVE the dark blue sleeves with the line of gold buttons on that pale yellow cardigan. That little details gives the otherwise ordinary yellow cardigan that extra something that makes it special.
For more washable options, there are these classic cardigans with bold contrasting colors from American Apparel. This is the perfect way to add some color to your summer wardrobe!
For something a bit more subtle that may even last you through fall, try these cardigans with details and trimmings from Vince (left) and Urban Outfitters (right). They are far from "mumsie"- just remember not to pair them with bermuda shorts like that model above (left), it should be paired with something either really long or really short!

Image Source: American Apparel, UO and Saks

43 Comments:

Blogger i think thats hauttte said...

i would love to have ANY of these cardigans

7/16/2008 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the marc by marc jacobs cardigan and I love it to bits. It's really comfortable and goes with everything, but the only thing is, it doesn't look so good buttoned up because it truncates your body (and I'm quite tall and a size 2). Longer cardigans in general should be left open a) to elongate the body b) to show off whatever contrasting top is inside and c) if you're wearing something short on the bottom, to stop it from looking like the cardigan is all you're wearing!

7/16/2008 1:36 PM  
OpenID steelcloset said...

I'm a huge fan of the long cardigan. The looseness of the sweater gives its wearer this casual Parisian effortless look. Very lovely.

7/16/2008 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love long cardigans! Topshop has a whole lot of them. Cheap too esp. if on sale!

7/16/2008 4:43 PM  
Blogger Siljesfashion said...

Love the long cardigans. Especilly the one from vince and UU.

7/16/2008 7:37 PM  
Blogger Ani said...

These are all nice. Actually GAP is doing a really nice long sweater with an elbow length sleeve I believe. The one is grey is really nice.

7/16/2008 10:17 PM  
Blogger Arielle said...

I love your choices especially the one from Vince.
I've tried wearing these but I'm 5 1 and they always look weird on my body
do you know of any of these cardigans or specific ways to wear them on a petite frame

7/16/2008 11:02 PM  
Blogger Juliet said...

my succes sale find : a long cardigan in gray's different shades.

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7/17/2008 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Apparel has really nice cardigans, but I think the key is to have them V-neck. Actually, all of the cardigans in this post are v-necks, which just kind of backs up my point.

7/17/2008 1:09 AM  
Blogger Wendy-May said...

I really like the long cardigans, they are so easy to wear. it helps that they are comfy aswell! i could do with more....x

7/17/2008 1:16 AM  
Anonymous savvy gal (savvymode) said...

My favorite long cardigan is a Chanel cashmere in warm begie. I would wear it with a belt over. Long tees under a shorter cardigan is really chic as well, creating a layered look.

7/17/2008 1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these long cardigans- i just bought a bunch from shopgoldyn.com - they have started to show some amazing pieces for fall!!! you should definitely check their site out

7/17/2008 2:02 AM  
Blogger *N* said...

LOVE cardigans!! so comfy look adorably chic without really trying! love the post!!

xx *N*

7/17/2008 2:15 AM  
Anonymous Wearit.com said...

How do you wear cardigans if you have boobs? The always pull in all the wrong places!

7/17/2008 3:19 AM  
Blogger annnim said...

Well, I've been thinking that I should buy Filippa K:s basic black and/or grey cardigan. They are so basic, that they suit with everything. They suit both to work at office and to free times rock style.. Well, maybe I should check what urban outfitters offer, there might some black basic cardigan I'd like to have.

7/17/2008 3:52 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

love them! so cuddly for the cooler weather

7/17/2008 4:53 AM  
Blogger Illerafac said...

I don't like long cardigans I think they somehow always look sloppy.

7/17/2008 5:21 AM  
Anonymous N. Anetha Sree said...

its really nice with long sleaves i want to were like this

7/17/2008 5:32 AM  
Blogger alice said...

I'm sooo happy you have not one but two posts on cardigans! I think they're the greatest things ever and I'm still building up my collection of them :) I like longer looser cardigans the best since they're so versatile and comfy.

7/17/2008 6:16 AM  
Blogger Elana said...

gosh, I have the BIGGEST cardigan obsession! and the oversized ones are the best!

7/17/2008 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i always wear cardigans with absolutely nothing underneath, doesn't everybody?

7/17/2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger Franny said...

Those American Apparel cardigans are looking really nice. I might just go buy some for myself =]

7/17/2008 1:36 PM  
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7/17/2008 3:07 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C said...

i hesitated from buying from zara when they went on sale. after this post, i think i have to go back to look for some again! hopefully they've lowered their prices even more =)i do think they're cute with shorter hemlines.

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7/17/2008 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Adult Costume said...

I really wish more women would rock this style as its my favorite, too bad the only person I see all the time dressed nicely is my cousin :x I guess we have similar tastes haha

7/18/2008 2:34 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay Kirkwood said...

I also love the long cardigan. You know who makes some great cardigans both long and short in the Fall/Winter...is Lily McNeal. Also Mason. Mason does these beautiful draping sweaters...chunky, thin, made of bamboo silk and cashmere. they are so amazing.

7/18/2008 3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love those long cardigans..I just bought this really cute one from this great site..ShopGoldyn..You should definitely check it out!!

7/18/2008 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever since my best friend Joey started wearing these two years ago, I've been in love with them.I think they are so incredibly fashion-forward. I love that women are starting to get into menswear. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!Keep it coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7/19/2008 2:02 PM  
Blogger Copycat Sasha said...

Cardigans are my life. I have a grey triblend one from AA and a thrifted black viv westwood one that I absolutely wear with everything.

7/20/2008 11:29 AM  
Blogger Knikki said...

Oh girl they are my FAV! There was one at Talbots that I wore while at work and it looked sooo adorable. So comfy and chic like you say. But it was $98

7/21/2008 8:09 AM  
Blogger polkadotqueen said...

Woah. Major dejavu. I just made a post on cardigans this morning!! And I swear I didn't check your blog beforehand...maybe the smell of cardigan-hunting is already in the air.

7/21/2008 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love long cardigans, they are so comfortable and cute in the summer (when it isn't too hot of course!).
shopgoldyn.com has some really great ones. check them out.

7/21/2008 11:42 PM  
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7/25/2008 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love that long cartigan look!! my friend just wore one out the other night with a cute pearl necklace..it looked adorable!! it really dressed it up nicely. She bought the necklace at premiumpearl and said it was really inexpencive!! i just bought one for my self its great!

7/25/2008 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try Topman! The cardigans there actually really nice but there aren't a lot of colours.

7/26/2008 11:43 AM  
Blogger sacha__ said...

I'm quite liking the preppy cream one with black cuffs.

8/04/2008 1:10 AM  
Anonymous manda said...

i'm a big fan of the long cardigan trend. may i suggest the long flyaway cardigan by press from a site called artful wears? it's super-chic!

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