The lovely people at Karen Klein recently sent me a beautiful, modern and versatile little black dress that is perfect for both my taste in fashion and my lifestyle.

Karen Klein’s fashions are wearable and comfortable without ever sacrificing style and beauty. And they’re made in the U.S.A.!

The Gathered Dress has 3/4 sleeves, a gathered waist on the left side, and an asymmetric hemline. I love the scoop neck which is not too deep and shows just enough of my décolletage.

The soft material, made with rayon and nylon and a touch of spandex, means I stay comfortable all day and it’s hand-washable. This dress can be worn casually or dressed up for a night on the town, as you’re about to see – I have styled the Karen Klein Gathered Dress six ways!

The first time I wore the dress was on a recent blogger trip to Santa Barbara Wine Country, which I’ll be telling you about in a future post.

I styled it with a leather choker, black tights and low-heeled black suede booties for our first dinner of the weekend.

For a more dressed up look, I styled the little black dress with black block-heel pumps with ankle straps and a Louis Vuitton clutch.

For a little sparkle, I wore my Wine Country necklace, modified by Kelley Hollis last year.

My casual look starts with the same outfit I wore in Santa Barbara Wine Country. I added a faded denim jacket, cuff bracelet and carried my black Adora bag.

I decided I wanted an outfit with a pop of color so I tied a new-to-me Hermès scarf, a gift from my thoughtful and kind Parisian friend, around my neck. I just adore the vibrant colors! I can’t wait to wear it more often once spring arrives. I also carried my Louis Vuitton Monogram Beverly GM, a 45th birthday gift from husband, purchased in Paris several years ago.

For a more dressed up daytime look, I topped my dress with a duster in a pretty green shade (same duster in khaki) and some tall black boots. A couple of long necklaces – layered – add interest and texture.

We are making up for our four-year drought here in Northern California, thankfully! I love rain and am thrilled to be making use of my umbrella collection.

For my rainy day look, I added Hunter boots and a Calvin Klein water-repellant trench coat to my little black dress and carried my Guy de Jean umbrella.

My versatile little black dress by Karen Klein is a garment I will reach for again and again for it’s fantastic quality and fit, comfort and modern cut. It also comes in a beautiful charcoal gray color.

Shop the Karen Klein collection on their website. They also have beautiful and wearable tunics, vests, pants, skirts and jackets.


Today is the last day for How I Wear My: Blue submissions.

Send in a photo of you in an outfit featuring the color BLUE to [email protected] to join in the fashion fun for February!

Be sure to include a description of your look, which will be quoted in the posts. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.

Disclosure: I was given the Gathered Dress by Karen Klein to review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 


Welcome to the 64th post in the How I Wear My series!

This month Jill of Everything Just So and I are celebrating the 5 year anniversary of our very first How I Wear My post! Wow, it is hard to believe so much time has passed since our first post!

We had a look those posts from 2011 – featuring our Missoni for Target sweaters –  and decided upon “Long Cardigan or Duster” as November’s theme to celebrate the milestone.

There is something so cozy yet stylish about a long cardigan or duster in autumn. They look great with denim, trousers, a skirt, or even over a dress, as you will see here!

Jill starts us off with her long cardigan look and tells us:

“I hunted for awhile for a L’Wren Scott sequined long cardigan and finally snagged one through a Manhattan consignment shop. I love the baby sequins, which gives the cardigan its endless shimmer. I kept the rest of the look simple and just added a tie-neck blouse, a diamond pendant, dark denim, and black ankle boots.”


Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says this about her long cardigan:

“Here I’m wearing so many of my favorite things. I love a long cardigan … super comfy and flattering too. This pretty burgundy one is from Foxcroft.  I’m also wearing cropped flare jeans with some fun cow print mid-calf boots that I found at a thrift store.  They would be my fav boots if they were comfortable. (They’re not!)”

How I Wear My Duster

Rena of It’s all Fine. Whatever tickles the fancy shows us her duster and says:

“When I saw the theme for this month’s HIWM, I immediately thought of this ‘coatigan’ that I’ve had for ages, like 20 years or more.  It’s been worn infrequently in recent years but it’s a keeper so wouldn’t think of getting rid of it.  I used to wear it for work with tan pants but for these pictures, I thought that a denim-on-denim look would help dress it down a bit.”

How I Wear My Duster

Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Age tells us:

“This long black cardigan is a couple of years old now, and was my first “duster.” I’d always heard that short women couldn’t wear this style, but was happy to find those rumors weren’t true! I have four longer cardigans now, and absolutely love them.”

How I Wear My Duster

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb wears a pink pastel duster and says:

“The 80s called, Krystle Carrington wants her look back… Or so I thought when I looked in the mirror at this outfit – I’m totally enamoured with this ever-so-slightly Dynasty-esque look. I’m wearing a pale pink Winser London Milano wool coat (I’d call it a coatigan) from their new AW16 collection. I’ve actually done something very daring for me: I’ve donned head-to-toe black (almost) – I rarely do a black top and black bottoms, but I love it with this pale pink.”

How I Wear My Duster

Trina of Tea Time With Trina tells us:

“Long cardi’s have got to be one of my most favorite items and I find myself wearing them all year long.  I even purchased a few new lightweight ones that I wore all summer.  I believe these longer cardigans dress up any outfit and are flattering on any body type. Black skinny jeans are a basic staple and by pairing them with this long cardigan, you instantly have a dressed up version. I chose a rust colored blouse this time around but you could easily pair this combo with cream, wine, turquoise, mustard, etc.”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Michelle of RetroChicMama tells us this about her maxi dress turned duster:

“This Dodo bar Or dress is so versitile because I also wear it as a floor length Duster!”

How I Wear My Duster

Dale of Savvy Spice wears a long cardigan and says:

“This is my favorite long cardigan by Free People because I can layer it over sweaters and wear it with jeans or black pants. Plus, it’s so warm and cozy on a breezy day like this at the beautiful Mendocino Coast.”

How I Wear My Duster

Nicole of High Latitude Style in red tells us:

“I am on the petite side with a long torso. Thus, a cropped cardigan is best for me, and long cardigans are a challenge. Living in Alaska, however, long cardigans are great from an insulation point of view, as they provide extra insulation at the bum. My trick to not make a long cardigan make me look short, I use the short under long rule. I try to great the illusion of long legs by a short sheath dress with high waist that is longer than the long cardigan and wear 1.5 inch heels.”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Kim of Northern California Style looks cozy and stylish in her long cardigan and says:

“I’m wearing a Joie long cardigan that is very soft and warm, but I especially like it’s shape with longer sides, flared back and pockets. It’s been my go to this fall and just about perfect for our weather in Northern California.”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Ana of Mrs. American Made is ready for cold weather and tells us:

“This is my #MadeinUSA cardigan look and I call it my “blanket sweater” because the front panels feel like a wool blanket. It is snuggly and warm but it can be a bit overwhelming on my small frame so I am careful to belt it usually as shown here. Fortunately the sleeves are narrow and fitted – and I often pair it with a slim leg like these black leggings and tall black boots. And since there is a lot going on on the outside, I like to wear it with just a plain white tee underneath. Comfy, casual, and warm.”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust wears a floral duster and says:

“A duster…whether it be in the form of a shirt, vest or cardigan…is without a doubt my go-to piece. It’s so easy to add a little extra something to an otherwise ordinary look by adding one as your final layer. The beauty of a duster is that it can be layered over jeans, shorts, dresses/skirts or pants; it truly works with pretty much everything.”

How I Wear My Duster

Susan of Susan After 60 tells us:

I am a big fan of long dusters or cardigans. I bought this soft gray one at Saks Off 5th a couple of years ago. It feels like an old friend each time I slip it on over a pair of jeans. I have to force myself to wear some of my other items because I tend to reach for this one a bit too often.”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes says this about her long cardigan look:

“I love long cardigans, too. One of my favorites is a grey one that I’ve owned for about seven years. I have worn it countless times over the years – with skinny jeans, leggings, wide legged white pants, over a dress, the possibilities are endless. It’s one of the items in my closet that always makes me feel great!”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Nancy of Jodie’s Touch of Style wears a long cardigan. Jodie has this to say about Nancy’s look:

“Nancy is the 60’s model on my blog!  I recently purchased this long cardigan for her from Charming Charlies because I thought it could be so versatile. I styled it with her jumpsuit for a more dressy look, but it easily works with her jeans too!! “

How I Wear My Duster

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style tell us this about her long cardigan look:

“This long cardigan is my favorite at the moment, actually the leggings are and I think the cardigan goes perfect with them! A long cardigan over a dress is always stylish and feminine!”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge wears a duster and a long cardigan, two ways:

“I absolutely love long cardigans and dusters for adding interest and depth to an outfit.  They also help conceal so many snacking indiscretions!  And they make me feel dramatic which is always fun.  For this look, I doubled up my long pieces by layering a long gray cardigan over a burgundy plaid duster.  To keep the look balanced and streamlined, I wore burgundy skinny jeans, a simple black tank and flat black booties.”

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion tells us this about her cardigan:

“Although I never wear cardigans I tried this one, because my husband liked it so much. 95% of the time I just buy and wear what I like, which isn’t always his taste. I had to admit, this cardigan suits me. “

How I Wear My Long Cardigan

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo has this to say about her cardigan:

“I’m wearing a piece I thrifted in NYC. It is actually a crocheted bathing suit cover-up! LOL But I wear it as a summer cardigan.”

How I Wear My Duster

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living wears a long cardigan and tells us:

“I love the elegance a long cardigan or duster can add to an outfit. For fall I love deep rich colors as in this picture. I wear them with camisoles early in the fall when it is still warm and then wear warmer tops to layer for warmth as the days get cooler.”

How I Wear My Duster

Imogen of Inside Out Style shows us her printed duster and says:

“I love a long duster as it hides so many sins … the chocolate, the wine, the cheese…This one was made for me by my brilliant dressmaker Alfia Galimova who created it so I could wear it in multiple ways  – it can be worn shorter or longer, depending on what I want to do, you can see it shorter here.  I love the light silk fabric which makes it so breezy and elegant.”

How I Wear My Duster

For my long cardigan look, I chose to wear my new Stella Carakasi Make A Wish Cardigan from the Fall 2016 Collection when hunting for a holiday tree with my husband last weekend at our local tree farm. I styled it with my everyday jeans, a charcoal sleeveless top from Cabi, and my tall lace up boots (similar).


For accessories, I wore my new gray wool hat, a gift from the kind people at Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley, and a sea glass beaded necklace with a leather silver tassel from KayandStar, also a gift. I love wearing both of these accessories together since they are similar in color.

I am already wearing my long cardigan regularly and know this is a style I will continue to don throughout the fall and winter.


For December, why don’t you preview your special occasion ensemble and join us for “How I Wear My: Holiday Party Look.” Whether you’re attending a performance of The Nutcracker, heading out to dinner at a fancy restaurant, or welcoming guests for a champagne toast at your home on New Year’s Eve, show us what you will wear to revel in the end-of-the-year festivities! Photos are due December 5, 2016. Send them to [email protected] and be sure to include a description about your outfit, which we will use in the post.

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I want to take a moment and thank Jill first for being my friend all these years and second, for being such a kind, easy-going and creative How I Wear My partner. Here’s to many more years of How I Wear My posts with you, Jill!

Thank you also to the many, many fashionable people who have participated in HIWM over the years. We are so grateful to you for taking the time to style an outfit based on the chosen theme, have a photograph taken, write a blurb about it and send it to us on time. Without all of your efforts, How I Wear My would have been a very short-lived fashion series for sure. So thank you, thank you!

Be sure to visit Jill’s blog for even more – 20 more, to be exact – long cardigan and duster looks!

Make it a rich day!




Disclosure: The Stella Carakasi long cardigan was given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.