So…after our last Fix This Outfit Post (short cardigans, skinny jeans and tiny ankle boots)…many of you wanted to know how I would style those ubiquitous short cardigans.
That question is a doozy.
Short, ladylike cardigans have a conservative, precious vibe that frankly, just isn’t my style. And, as discussed before, wearing them open (as a cardigan) isn’t always the most flattering option. So. I wanted to make the short cardigan both easier to wear…and little more edgy.
I used the same five steps to come up with two very different outfits, both totally my style. Here’s what I did…
1. Wear It Like A Shirt (Buttoned)
Buttoning up the cardigan and wearing it like a shirt totally changes the vibe from precious…to sexy.
2. Add A Statement Belt
I offset the cardigan with a badass, studded belt. This trick helped to balance the outfit, regardless of what else I wore. However, any sort of noticeable belt would work: a woven leather belt would exude a sort of 70’s casual-chic, a rope belt like this would be more boho. Try something jeweled or beaded for a vintage, romantic vibe.
3. Wear Unconventional Pants (or a skirt)
To keep the look from being too precious (regardless of personal style – everything needs some balance, even a ladylike look), try something…opposite. I like boyish denim: distressed skinnies, or a straight-leg pair with a big, tomboyish cuff. Perfectly faded flares or beat-up boyfriend jeans would also be cute. If skirts are your thing, I’d go with a sleek-and-sexy pencil skirt, or a tiny little mini, skipping anything a-line or overly demure. Shorts would also be spot-on.
4. Add a Cool Coat
Seriously, never underestimate the power of a good coat. Choices are virtually unlimited – find one that makes your heart beat fast. In my case, the flowy sweat-shirt coat adds a dose of casual nonchalance, and the faux-fur? All-out glam for $60 (super warm, too). Why the heck not?
5. Choose Accessories That Really Define Your Style
For day, I live in tough-girl boots, sunglasses, and winter beanies. A cool, edgy necklace is just icing on the cake.
coat: Free People Slouchy Moto – I can’t say enough about this coat. It’s huge and soft and is more like a sweatshirt – so comfy, I wear it all the time (layers over denim jackets beautifully). I’m wearing an XS for reference. Or try the newer version – this Free People slouchy peacoat has a similar vibe.
cardigan: J.Crew Cashmere Cardigan (size S for reference)
jeans: old Rag and Bone (size 26 for reference)….but am loving these slashed-knee Rag and Bones or these Paige denim destroyed skinnies.
belt: old Bebe belt that I stole from my friend Amber (cringe)….but I like the look of this Levi’s studded belt (boy’s) or this Beck Sondergaard studded belt at Bluefly. I’ll probably wait until Emerson Fry restocks this one (or similar)
boots: Ugg Australia Elisabeta in black weave
bag: Kate Spade Fancy Footwork Record Bag (beware – it doesn’t fit the iphone6, sob!)
hat: Sole Society c/o
sunnies: Ray Ban (half off – Amazon)
necklace: Chan Luu – I can’t find this darn necklace! This one is close, or maybe even this Chan Luu men’s necklace.
At night, I love heels, but they MUST be comfortable – we do too much walking for me to be teetering around on some nonsense pair of shoes. So easy heels in a fun print keeps things interesting. Add a quirky bag and I’m a happy girl.
cardigan: J.Crew Cashmere Cardigan
coat: Forever 21 Boxy Faux Fur Jacket (taupe, size S for reference)
jeans: AG Stevie Slim Straight Jeans (size 26 for reference)
shoes: Aerosoles Leopard Tapestry Pump (IKNOW IKNOW but so comfortable you guys)
sunglasses: Ray Ban (half off – Amazon)
underpinnings: True&Co We Are Voodoo Bustier c/o
How are you guys styling the short cardigan? I’d love your ideas (and send pics – always love those!!)