My Vintage Style- 70s Long Duster Cardigan Worn Two Ways

70s Adolpho long red cardigan duster

These are all over the place lately. Called long cardigans, sweater coats, duster cardigans, cardigan dusters, duster cardigan coats, sweater dusters, yada, yada, yada. Whatever the reference of your choosing, the fact is, they’re fabulous!

I just happened to have a beautiful red one from the 1970s that I have been looking forward to wearing. And I’ve been seeing red a lot lately, in a good way! Seems its the trendy color for fall. Which is fine with me because its one of my favs.!

1970s long red sweater coat
When I discovered this sweater on one of my buying trips a couple of years ago I was immediately drawn to the color and the luxurious texture of the wool boucle knit.  Upon closer inspection I noticed it had an Adolfo label.   Adolfo Sardina is a Cuban born American fashion designer who began his fashion career apprenticing at Balenciaga and Chanel.  He started out in millinery design, opening his own salon in New York in 1963, where he moved into clothing design.

He was known for his high quality knit garments and classic Chanel-esque suits. His knits usually have interesting details.

This is one of the reasons I love vintage clothing. I’ll often see workmanship that I would never see in modern clothing unless it’s waaay out of my price range. Heck St. John cardigans go for $500-800!  So I encourage you to search out 70s and 80s designer knits. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you may find.

Adolfo label

This first outfit I paired the cardi with a knit pencil skirt and a black wrap top

70s Adolfo red knit cardigan coat

1970s red sweater coat

And this one I styled it for a more casual look, adding leggings and a tunic blouse.

70s red Adolfo cardigan coat

70s red knit cardigan duster

Black is tough to photograph. So I lightened the photo here to show the detail on these leggings.  They’re a flocked velvet damask and they are a really nice weight and stretch.  By NYDJ company from last season. But you can probably still find them online somewhere. They’re really nice quality and have a wide elastic waistband that is really comfortable.

70s Red cardigan worn with black velvet leggings

vintage costume jewelry

Long cardigans can be tough to wear if you’re on the shorter side., especially if they are in a heavier knit. I’m 5’4″ and I opted for heeled boots and black tights and leggings to add height and a slenderizing effect. I’m hippy/curvy and I think if I wore flats and a long skirt or wide leg pants it may have looked a bit frumpy.

Because they’re a trend right now, there are lots of options out there, even ones that would work for petite gals,  in shorter lengths and lighter knits that wouldn’t be so overwhelming.

Skirt and top-Anthropologie
Tunic-Johnny Was
Boots-Antonio Melani
Bracelet and brooch-Vintage
Purse-Nericcio Leathers

Till next time………



Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday
Catherine/Not Dressed as a Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike

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By | 2017-11-06T08:48:43-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|8 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 5, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Yes, I’m always amazed at the superior workmanship on so much of the vintage I come across compared to what I encounter when shopping new in the same price range. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by 🙂


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    Laurie November 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Perfectly styled! And this looks like brand new. I get what you mean about quality years ago. I really enjoyed reading and you look fabulous xx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Yes, Jess, boucle is lovely. I’m drawn to the texture. You need to get your jacket cleaned so I can see how you style it! And thank you for the compliments 🙂

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    Jessica A Jannenga November 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I am in love with this duster! It looks amazing on you. I am a fan of bloucle. The vibrant red is such a gorgeous color, one I am drawn to as well. Love the details and how you wore it both ways. Your black booties are fab as well. I agree that vintage clothing can have better quality as this jacket looks like its made so well. i have but one boucle jacket that i need to get dry cleaned.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Coatigan? That’s a good one! And I love the fact that your mum crocheted a cardi and matching cap. Do you have a photo of her in it? I would love to see it. I can totally picture a sweater like that with bellbottoms and a pair of boots like those amazing purple ones you just wore.

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    Vix November 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Just don’t mention the word du jour “coatigan” arghhhhhh!!!

    Theresa, You look incredible in red and the close fitting style of that elegant cardi makes you look even more willowy, slim and gorgeous than you usually do.

    In the 1970s my Mum had a burgundy maxi length cardi she crocheted herself which she wore with a matching crochet skull cap trimmed with a big flower. She was never one for skirts and wore hers over bell bottoms and Romika clogs. groovy, baby! xxx

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 1, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Thank you. I do love my red!

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    Kathrine Eldridge October 31, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    This duster is fabulous! You look so radiant in red.

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