Fall Stylebook | How to Wear a Long Sweater Cardigan

October 19, 2018

As the days officially start to get chillier here in Illinois, I'm embracing sweater season and planning my outfits with a cozy mindset.

For today's fall stylebook, I took this Joseph A. long sweater cardigan and styled it two different ways. Long sweaters can be a little intimidating to wear, especially if your height is on the shorter side like mine. But have no fear- you can make this trendy piece work with the right outfit. 

Here are two ideas for styling a long sweater cardigan:

This look is more on the casual side. I paired my long sweater with a pair of a.n.a. ankle skinny jeans, a Botanique knotted top, Kensie ankle booties and a beaded necklace from Crystal Ship Jewelry. These jeans were only $10 at a consignment shop and they stop right above the ankle; perfect for showing off the sueded cognac ankle boots I found at Marshalls for $40. The knotted top was an $8 resale find and I'll definitely be wearing it with everything this season. You can find similar tops on Amazon and I would highly recommend getting some to wear with leggings. This necklace is a fall MUST HAVE. You already know how much I love Crystal Ship, but the color of the rosary beads are perfect for the season and the crystal quartz is simple enough to pair with plenty of other pieces. Shop it here.

Pairing the long cardigan with a skinny jean and short boot gives a "taller" illusion, which helps us shorties not look stumpy with the length of the sweater. 


A little more on the dressier side, this look incorporates an Old Navy suede mini skirt with a basic tee, Target dv over the knee boots and a simple necklace. The skirt and tee are last season from Old Navy, but I found similar items this year to link at the end of this post. The boots were a Target clearance find and my phases of the moon necklace is none other than Crystal Ship Jewelry. 

This idea shows a little leg and would be perfect for a fall GNO. The skirt helps to break up the length of the sweater while the boots also give that "tall" illusion. The colors in the sweater and the brown shades of the other pieces play off of each other really well.


Although these ideas are very different and can be worn for separate occasions, idea #1 screams fall to me most. I love that it's a little more casual and comfortable. The mixture of pieces makes the sweater stand out. Instead of feeling weighed down by this outfit, I felt cozy and confident. 

You can shop similar pieces from these looks below:

Which idea is your favorite?

Keep cozy,

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