DETAILS:
Blue and Grey Draped Cardigan (similar 60% off here || in love with this one!) || Grey Cami (under $5) || Denim || Grey Over-The-Knee Boots (also loving these) || Blue Clutch || Sunglasses || Silver Chain Necklace || Camel Hat (similar here)

A cardigan is a layering staple, but not all cardigans were created equal. From cropped to maxi dusters, the length of a cardigan can completely change a look. Break out of your routine and opt for something totally different than your typical cardigan. Here are a few tips for mastering longer length cardis:

Long Cardigan (hits between the hip and knee):
The relaxed boyfriend cardigan is one of my favorites – it works with just about any look, from short hemlines (shorts and mini-skirts) to long (jeans). The open-front (love this one 40% off) or draped style (40% off – worn in this post) draws the eye vertically instead of horizontally which will always be flattering. A boyfriend cardigan that hits just below the hip, like this one, is a must have. One that hits a bit longer, love this style , is slightly more unexpected and a great option for a baby step outside your norm.

Floor Length/Maxi Cardigan (hits between the knee and ankle):
Although at first it might seem beyond your cardigan comfort zone, the floor-grazing cardigan is the ‘it’ silhouette this season and surprisingly not that difficult to pull off! The extra length adds some drama to an otherwise understated ensemble. The easiest way to work a long duster cardigan (this style 60% off) is by avoiding bulk underneath so skinny jeans or shorter hemlines are ideal. You can add balance to the length of a duster with shorter hemlines or by creating a similar visual effect with over-the-knee boots. If you have already mastered the floor length cardigan, consider belting the piece and wearing it as a dress for some extra drama. I think this one would work beautifully on its own and love this one.

XOX,
Christine

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  1. Lee

    So very true! I have a lace ankle length cardigan and I love wearing it in the Spring with a short skirt and some boots.
    xo, Lee
    edfbylee.com

  2. Dannie

    Long cardigans are super great. I’ve never been bold enough to wear one, though. They just always seemed unruly. And living somewhere where coats are necessary for a large portion of the year, I’m even more hesitant. I feel like it would look weird to have a cardigan sticking way out from the bottom of my winter coat. But they look so warm and cozy and like such a great addition to any wardrobe that it might just be worth it to throw that caution to the wind and try one anyway!

    http://stilefotocibo.wordpres.com

  3. Wishes & Reality

    I’m so happy to see long cardigans coming back in style! Such a cozy winter trend and I absolutely love how you styled yours. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Heidi D.
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

  4. Christine

    I love long cardigans! I’m visiting DC and it’s one thing I wish I brought with me.

    ConcreteRunwayLA

    Christine

  5. chanelle

    You make the long cardigans look so fashionable! Whenever I wear them, it just looks like a bathrobe. ;P

    I love your OTK boots!

    -Chanelle — http://thekimchronicles.com

  6. Kallie

    LOVE this! Thanks for the tips!

  7. Jade

    Looks great on you! But I still don’t think I could pull it off – maybe I’ll give the knee-length cardigans a shot first.

  8. the color palette

    I’m in love of your cardigan because that blue patch on the arm makes it original
    x,Abril
    The Color Palette

  9. Hai Nguyen

    You girl looks beautiful and feminine. The outfit looks amazing and i love it, especially the long cardigan 🙂 They’re stylish when you combined them together. You taught me a new way to style my cardigan in this winter.

    Kisses from Hai Nguyen 🙂
    Check out my newest blog post about matching couple clothes – AKA “ao thun cap” at áo cặp CANIFA.

  10. kiely

    these have been so in style this season! i’ve put off getting one though because if i have to wear a jacket over for warmth, the sweater would look weird coming out the bottom. so tempting though!!! you only regret the clothes you don’t buy… 😉

    xo, k
    http://www.pocketofblossoms.com

  11. Prudence Yeo

    Great tips on how to wear a long cardigan, thanks for sharing! Particularly like the idea of belting a long cardigan so that it looks like a dress, it will be a really cool look!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

  12. Lindsay

    Love these snowy pictures! Love the cardigan with the over the knee boots.

    pinkandnavystripes.com

  13. Melody

    Great tips! I have a long light weight black and white cardigan that hits just above my calves. I like to wear it under a fitted moto jacket. It gives a polished yet edgy look.

    Melody
    http://blingaholic88.com

  14. Christine Presto

    I absolutely love your styling tips!! I am having a bit of trouble with picking out the right amount of “bag” when purchasing a baggy sweater – I’m always afraid it is just going to look sloppy. I’d love some do’s and don’ts for picking the perfect fit out!

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