How I Wear My: Long Cardigan or Duster & Our Five Year HIWM Anniversary!

How I Wear My: Long Cardigan or Duster & Our Five Year HIWM Anniversary!

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 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. 


  1. November 10, 2016 / 6:02 am

    Great post theme guys!!
    Adrienne—I love that necklace & hat with your long cardigan—it really pulls it all together so nicely!!
    I think these longer styles are perfect with our love of leggings and skinny jeans—what’s amazing to me, is I didn’t have any of these longer styles before I started blogging!!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 10, 2016 / 7:33 am

      Thank you, Jodie! And thank you for submitting your photos to HIWM. Jill and I always look forward to seeing what you’ll send in.
      I love long cardigans too – would love to have a winter white one or one with a pattern like Nancy’s.
      Hope to see you for Holiday Party Outfit.

  2. Jill
    November 10, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I love so many of the photos shown here. I am afraid there could be a shopping accident soon since now I want about 10 more long cardigans in my closet! Cheers to five years, my dear! Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and friendship. I am truly grateful. xx

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 10, 2016 / 7:35 am

      Ha! A shopping accident…I had lots of those last month 😉
      So excited – an actually very impressed – that we have reached the five year mark. I look forward to many more…do you think we’ll get to 10? I hope so! xoxo

  3. November 10, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Fabulous series! Congrats on 5 years! So much fabulous inspiration for how to wear a long cardigan!

    I love your look! Great cardigan & necklace!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 10, 2016 / 7:32 am

      Thank you, Andrea! And thank you for participating in our HIWM series. It wouldn’t be a fashion series without you all! Adrienne

  4. Kathy
    November 10, 2016 / 7:37 am

    I love long cardigans, and I believe you introduced me to them awhile ago with your cardigan from Free People? They’re now part of my wardrobe in various lengths and they’re the perfect go-to for Los Angeles layering.

    Everyone looks wonderful and you look fabulous as always.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 10, 2016 / 7:41 am

      Yes! Malia picked those long cardigans from Free People out for me back in 2014. I wore them so often, I had to toss them out. I was sad to do so – they were such great pieces. I wish they would bring them back…they were the perfect weight for our warm California weather.

  5. November 10, 2016 / 8:35 am

    So many great cardigans and so many great ways to style them! Thanks to you for hosting HIWM every month!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 10, 2016 / 8:43 am

      Thank you for joining us this month, Susan! I love your animal print look with the black cardigan.
      Hope to see you in some holiday sparkle next month. Thank you for your participation and support over the years. xo

  6. November 10, 2016 / 9:01 am

    It s great to be featured between all these fabulous stylish women!

  7. November 10, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    🙂 Thank YOU, Adrienne for setting up these challenges!
    They are always fun and they always give me something to think about and to.
    I really wouldn’t want to miss them.
    Congratulations to five years of How I Wear My and keep them coming.
    Have a wonderful day xo 🙂

  8. November 11, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Thank you Adrienne and Jill for this and having this series. Loved seeing how everyone styled theirs and I think I need more than one long cardigan. They really are the perfect piece -especially for fall in California. Going to share this on my Facebook page today! Thanks again . xx Kim

  9. November 12, 2016 / 2:30 am

    So much fabulous in this post! Well, in every one of these posts in this series. Thanks so much for all the hard work put into this series. It is always so much fun. And a huge congratulations to you and Jill on 5 years of an amazing collaboration!


  10. November 12, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Love Jill’s sequinned number. And Michelle, how clever to convert a dress into a super billowy dramatic duster. I’ve been in lust with Debbie’s floral number for a while now. And can I proclaim eternal love for Suzanne’s crocheted number?? 🙂 happy weekend, Adrienne.

    I’m talking about legacy on the blog currently. What it means to me. How I want the world to remember me. That and my weekly Project Sister Act Link-Up is currently live, and will be up until next Thursday, and I would so love for you to come over and join in xoxo

    • November 15, 2016 / 5:59 am

      Thank you gorgeous girl! x

  11. November 13, 2016 / 9:10 am

    I love your outfit, Adrienne, so chic yet I bet it is cozy and comfortable – perfect for the occasion! And thank you to you and Jill for all of your hard work on this series over the years. Congratulations on the anniversary 🙂

  12. November 14, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I love it that you have kept this HIWM alive for such a long time. Alive and kicking. Thanks for this podium. And I adore your hat.

  13. November 15, 2016 / 5:57 am

    Awesome choices of cardis & dusters here ladies. I have to say my absolute fave is Greetje’s citrus lime (or is it lemon?) & grey cardi. Of course I adore Catherines coatigan because I adore Winser & Catherine so it’s a double whammy!
    Congratulations on 5 years that’s a massive achievement in the fast paced world of Blogging ladies – Bravo both of you!

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