The Dress Cardigan.

After the dress post a few weeks ago I had some questions from you guys about what to put over a dress. The answer is a dress cardigan. I had shown a cute little bridal shower dress and suggested wearing a dress cardigan with it. That’s where the confusion started and the questions came in…

Q. What’s a dress cardigan? A cardigan that’s dressy, OR a cardigan that you wear over a dress?

A. I can see how that could be confusing… A dress cardigan is one that you wear over a dress. It hits at the perfect spot at your waist. It’s not too long, and not too short. Therefore, it creates the perfect balance when you’re wearing a dress (or a skirt) and need or want to be covered up. It’s that easy.

Why wear a dress cardigan?

Having dress cardigans on hand in a few colors will take the stress out of trying to figure out what to throw on over your dresses. For instance, let’s say you’re going somewhere where you need to be modest and covered, or you’re just a freeze baby. Or, you hate your arms (I’ve heard that one plenty of times). Or let’s say it’s just the perfect piece to complete the outfit when a pashmina just won’t do the trick.  All of these are good reasons to have one on hand.

A few good ones to keep on hand.

This is a TWC staple. It’s perfect for just about any dress you have. I love the simplicity of it, and where the sleeve hits, too. It comes in 3 different colors. In other words, you need to have one.


The boxiness of this cardigan makes this easy to wear over a fit and flare, or sheath. In addition to your dresses, wear it with a higher waisted pant.  Oh, and I love the shawl collar, too.

Calvin Klein Cropped Open-Front Cardigan

This textured cardi comes in a bunch of colors and looks great with more casual dresses too.


A little shimmer dresses up a casual dress.Calvin Klein Three-Quarter-Sleeve Glitter Shrug Cardigan

An embellished dress cardigan to wear over your favorite LBD (little black dress). However, it would be totally cute with jeans and a t-shirt, too.



Good-bye goose bumps, good-bye mom arms, hello dress cardigans! It’s an easy addition with not a lot of investment. Therefore, a true wardrobe staple. Happy cardigan shopping people.


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Post Updated 3/3/21


Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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