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How to Accessorize with a Cardigan

Accessorizing with a Cardigan

Finding the right accessories for your cardigan can be very easy! Cardigans are timeless pieces of clothing that have always been in style. What changes with each cardigan look are the accessories you choose to accent it with.

This guide will show you the best accessories to reflect your personal style. From necklaces to vintage accessories like lunchbox purses, this article will help you look high fashion in your accessorized cardigan.


Necklaces and Cardigans

Every necklace looks good with a cardigan as long as the necklace is the right length. The most important part of choosing a necklace to go with your cardigan is making sure that the necklace falls either above or below the neckline.

Long necklaces go very well with cardigans because they make women look taller. The vertical lines of the cardigan against the shirt is accented when a long necklace like the one in the photo to the right is draped over the shirt/dress. A necklace with a pendant or large bead in the center is also a great way to accent a cardigan.

Short necklaces need to fall above the neckline of either the shirt or the cardigan (whichever is higher on the chest). Bold or layered necklaces are great ways to accessorize with a cardigan and really add sparkle to that simple piece of clothing.

Long Necklaces


Belts and Cardigans

Accessorizing a Cardigan with a Belt

Wearing belts with cardigans is an art. You can wear the belt on top of the cardigan, or underneath--high on the waist or low. Wearing a higher belt with a cardigan can be fantastic as long as you are wearing high-waisted pants, skirts, or shorts. If you choose to wear it low, make sure the waistline of your bottoms is also low.

Skinny belts look best when worn on top of the cardigan, but thick ones like the one to the right can be flattering depending on your look. If you are going to wear a belt on top of the cardigan, make sure it is high on your waist.

Finding a Belt to Go with your Cardigan


Bracelets and Cardigans

Layered Bracleets


Accessorizing a Cardigan with Bracelets

Picking the right bracelets to go with your cardigan can be difficult. As long as you follow these simple rules, you can find the perfect accessories for your wrist:

Layered bracelets or bangles look great with a cardigan that has half-length sleeves.

Big bracelets go well with long-sleeve cardigans when worn over the sleeve like cuff.

Do not wear big bracelets underneath your sleeve or it will give the impression of a thick arm.

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Scarves and Cardigans

Scarfs to go with a Cardigan

Finding the Right Scarf to Wear with a Cardigan

Scarves are great accessories to wear with a cardigan. The images above illustrate how a simple scarf can transform your simple look into high fashion. Picking the right scarf to go with your cardigan can be difficult because you do not want to overpower your look with a colorful scarf, while not wanting to drag it down by wearing one that is drab.

Look for scarves that have an exciting pattern when matching with a cardigan. You will want the scarf to have one of the colors in your outfit, but not too much of that color. Circle scarves look great with cardigans because they contrast the slimness of the cardigan and make the wearer's neck look long.


Vintage Look with Cardigan

Accessories: Lunch box bag, knee-high socks, Mary Jane shoes, skinny belt, patterned scarf, black bangle, and thick-framed

Accessories: Lunch box bag, knee-high socks, Mary Jane shoes, skinny belt, patterned scarf, black bangle, and thick-framed

Vintage Cardigans

Cardigans are timeless sweaters that never go out of style. If you have a vintage style, chances are that you wear cardigans a lot. Cardigans have endless possibilities for accessories; but if you have a vintage style, the cardigan is just a base for your look. Your style will be shown through your accessories.

Vintage accessories include vintage jewelry, Mary Jane's (shoes; see photo to right), and unique purses that reflect the trends of yesteryears.



Anna from New York, NY on April 17, 2012:

I love cardigans and especially love your accessory suggestions for cardigans. I never tried belts with cardigans and you got me wanting to try it! Voted up and awesome.

Melanie Palen from Midwest, USA on April 16, 2012:

Oh wow! I've never been much for cardigans, but with the kind of accessorizing you've shown me here, I'll give them a second shot. Thanks for the awesome guide!

Brittany Kennedy (author) from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on April 16, 2012:

Thank you so much, everyone! I love wearing cardigans; they are such simple pieces that leave room for accessorizing. I really appreciate all of your comments and will respond to them individually when I have more time. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Sarah Johnson from Charleston, South Carolina on April 16, 2012:

Great hub and pefect pictures to go along with this valuable fashion advice. I like to wear cardigans and now have some ideas on how to spruce them up. Thanks for sharing.

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on April 16, 2012:

The word 'cardigans' was enough to get me here, you had added 'accessories' to it! I like all your ideas, though some of these I had not tried really, like the belt- I somehow am not confident about it, but your models do compel me to reconsider. I think younger women will look wonderful in it. In India, we wear Cardigans with Sari, for ages, from the time of my granny to now, and for the real formal occasions we would combine pastel Cardigans with pearl long necklaces and ear-bobs. They really look very classy. Voted up and interesting.

lulu hewitt on April 16, 2012:

Can't help but grab a long necklace when I put on a cardigan. Great Hub.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on April 15, 2012:

You spoke like a true jewelry and fashion expert! Your list of suggestions are very smart! I like wearing short necklaces, big bracelets and scarves! Suitable photos for this engaging hub!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on April 15, 2012:

Gorgeous! I love wearing cardigans and I love these suggestions. It is an art to wear belts with them. Lovely!

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