How We Wear It: The Basic V-Neck Sweater


Mamas!!  We're starting a new monthly series called How We Wear It, where *we* show all of the different ways we're rocking a wardrobe basic.  And by "we" I mean…all y'all.   If there was One. Thing. you readers communicated LOUD AND CLEAR via our survey, it's this:  You want to see a wider range of body types represented here on ANMJ.  

So.  I'll show you how I've been styling my old standbys, and so will Cam.  And then, dear readers, we want to hear from YOU.  You can play along via our Linky party at the bottom (you can sign up at the bottom of this article or on Cam's page), you can send us a email (send it to either Cam or I), upload a pic to ANMJ's Facebook page, or use Instagram with the hashtag: #howwewearit.  As reader pics come in, I'll be keeping this page up-to-date.



With a Half-Tuck and a Patterned Belt

I always end up with a v-neck sweater that is a bit too tight for my liking.  Even when I intentionally size up, something goes awry, and I never seem to achieve that cozy, over-sized thing that I was hoping for.  All of my v-neck sweaters invariably end up as borderline "boring sweaters".  My fav styling trick for these boringish v-necks?  Half-tucking them into a pair of flares and saving the ensemble with a cool, patterned belt.  My mom bought me this belt for Christmas (along with a Microdermabrasion session making it the Best. Gift. Ever.)  Anyway, the belt was on super sale at Kohls…which is kinda the best thing about belts:  They are everywhere.  For cheap.

(wearing: J.Crew cashmere v-neck sweater,  J Brand Lovestory denim, belt from Kohls – similar here or here or just search guatamalan belts on Etsy, Dansko Rhianna boots – similar here)


To Offset Crazy Legs

A boringish v-neck is a perfect counterpart to all kinds of crazy.  My preferred brand of crazy almost always involves denim cut-offs that may or may not be too short for my age.


Hiding the crazy beneath serious looks and v-neck sweaters.


Really, any type of crazy-leggedness would work:  patterned denim, voluminous maxis, these insanely awesome flares, too-short skirts with trashy shoes….all of these get nicely offset by a boringish v-neck sweater.  (In the very best possible way, of course.)  I mean: YES.  You could probably find a more fashion forward offset than the humble v-neck.  But it wouldn't be nearly as comfortable, and probably isn't already lurking in your closet.  

Not that you can really contain the crazy…at least not for long.  Eventually…it gets out.

He gets it from his father.


 (wearing: J.Crew cashmere v-neck sweater, Gap maternity jeans cut-off into shorts, Plush fleece-lined tights, Coach belt – similar, Steve Madden wedge sneaks)

Ok, enough of me.  Want to see how Cam has been rocking the v-neck?  Tant pis – you'll have to check her out here.  (but below is a sneak peek)



Gosh, I'm seriously loving the idea of layering a v-neck sweater over a shirt-dress.  Nice one, Cams!  To see the full outfit (along with another, nerdy-chic one), visit Cam at Life in Modification.


OK READERS!!  Over to you!  Send in your pics to aintnomomjeans (at) gmail (dot) com.  Or…use the linky tool below my signature.

From reader B:


I was inspired this morning to wear my sweater, the weather was perfect for it. Grabbed a scarf at the last minute, because it was a little chilly out this morning, but I like it without better. 

and yes, yes, my hair is done with the waver you blogged about (which I love love love). 





From Reader Elise:


Layering a v-neck over a dress shirt is hardly original, I know, but pairing black with black on top and brights on bottom creates a colorblock effect (Crazy Legs?) and looks more interesting than it would paired with regular denim. I'd pair this with flats for a typical day, but I haven't had my pants hemmed yet…And no, my son is not wearing pants.  

[S's Note:  My son rarely wears pants, too.] 



From Abby:


After a few trial and errors I settled on my V-Neck layered over one of my cowl-neck shirts..insta-infinity scarf? ha! And then I layered a jacket over it.  (Surprisingly, I was more concerned about the Leggings-As-Pants I was braving than anything else.)












  1. That was my first thought too! Love it! And it looks gorgeous on you! And thanks for the fun “style project” I now want to drag out my v-necks and see what I can do to spice them up 🙂 FUN!

  2. Love this idea for a new series! I’ll be able to participate more come summer, because in Florida we uhh, aren’t wearing our v neck sweaters any more. 😛
    Can’t wait to click through all sorts of mom sartorial inspiration!

  3. Best idea for a series! This is so helpful to me–confirms that I have (fashionable) company in some of the ways I have been trying to jazz up my own boring v-neck sweaters, and gives me ideas for other ways to style them. Can not wait to see how you chic mamas style other wardrobe basics!

  4. This post (and all of your others) are spot on! I was just contemplating donating an oversized Vneck and now I’m going to wear it over my J.Crew denim dress that may or may not be too short for me to wear alone….Thank you!!

  5. I’ve been seriously trying to solve this dilemma all winter! Can’t bear to eat rid of my really warm and comfy v-necks. Thanks for new ideas.

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