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.!
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.
This first outfit I paired the cardi with a knit pencil skirt and a black wrap top
And this one I styled it for a more casual look, adding leggings and a tunic blouse.
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.
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
Bracelet and brooch-Vintage
Till next time………
Cherie/StyleNudge for Shoe and Tell