Pairing Shorts with Sweaters

At the outset, pairing shorts with sweaters seems like a completely crazy outfit that you would typically see only on a fashion runway.  While it certainly isn’t a trend we would want to wear every day in the summer, done properly it can actually be a great way to create a distinctive look in warm weather.  We must warn you, however, that this look is not for the faint of heart.  If you don’t love this look and don’t feel comfortable in it, then spare yourself the embarrassment and don’t try this at home.

Of course the success of this look depends on the specifics of each sweater, each pair of shorts and your individual body type.  As an example, pulling it off with short shorts often works best with someone with a slender torso and long legs.  It is also crucial to make sure that the sweater length works with the short length.  For example, if you’re going for a preppy look then a lightweight cardigan sweater over a ruffle tank looks adorable and very classic with knee length shorts or capris.  We also love to vary the length of the sweater with a long length sweater over shorts that are slightly longer than the cardigan or sweater.  As an example, consider the Cotton Bamboo cardigan by Splendid as a great example of a long sweater that looks great over a short sleeve top and then with shorts that match the length of the cardigan.

Long cardigans and wraps are extremely popular this season and mixing them into your summer wardrobe is a great way to add additional texture and depth to your outfit and help to vary the length with the shorts.  There are some great lightweight cardigans or wraps that would work great with both short shorts and longer shorts like the Sartee Drape Cardigan by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This cropped length cardigan pairs well with longer length tops or tanks and would look great with short shorts or longer shorts too.

In essence, the key to rocking a great outfit is always the ability to wear it with confidence and if you are looking to really step out with a bold look you can mix short shorts with a long cardigan or sweater.  It is certainly not very easy to pull it off and requires the right body type (preferably that long torso and long legs) and the perfect pieces, but it can definitely work for you if you are comfortable with such a statement outfit.

Lately, I find myself leaning toward longer shorts and always have a wrap or lightweight cardigan in my purse during summer months as you never know when you are going to find too much air conditioning!  Ultimately, whatever your fashion preference, just make sure that no matter what outfit you are wearing you always want to be confident in whatever you choose as that is the defining characteristic of a successful outfit is the ability to exude confidence when wearing it.

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Lightweight Cashmere Cardigan Sweater

Finding the perfect lightweight cashmere cardigan sweater can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack.  It is often difficult to find just the right cardigan and then to find one that is made of lightweight cashmere can seem impossible.   We have found it much easier to solve this dilemma by searching for pieces that have cashmere in them.  The best part about cashmere is the luxuriously soft feeling of the knit.  We have also found that you can find some great pieces that include knits other than cashmere to give you that soft luxurious feel.  Consider a few of these great cardigan sweaters as examples.

First, the Laurie B. Milan Sweater features 30% cashmere blended with nylon and viscose.  The blended knit still has the softness of cashmere and the great viscose knit that is silky soft as well.  This light-weight sweater knit is a great short wrap cardigan features a tie that can go in front or in back depending on how you like to wear it.  It also features a lightly gathered seam at the empire waist line giving it added elements of detail.  In addition, the wide ¾ length sleeve something you don’t see on every wrap these days.  You’ll love the rich Truffle brown color and the ivory Parmesan color too.  This sweater is certainly versatile and works as a great substitute for a blazer at work or to throw over your tank top on a cool night out.

The viscose knit is actually one of our favorite substitutes for cashmere and of course it is much more economical. In our opinion the viscose actually has a silkier feel than the cashmere.  Viscose is made of a blend of natural and man-made components that can be made into a rayon fabric.  Viscose rayon has a great silky appearance and soft texture and yet breathes similarly to cotton.

Consider the Audrey Wrap that is made of 78% viscose and 22% nylon.  It has a smooth, silky texture that is so soft and luxurious to touch.  Of course the Audrey Wrap also made by Laurie B. features a great wrap design with a faux wrap at the base of the sweater with a contrasting color shimmery tie around the waist.  The cuffs and the waist are fitted giving the wrap a great hugging fit.  Our favorite aspect of this wrap is the fabric.  The viscose blend makes for a great fabric that you seriously won’t want to take off.

Finally, the Gable Stripe Cardigan also by Laurie B. also uses a viscose blend to give you a great feeling knit fabric.  This distinctive cardigan features a dramatic contrasting zipper that is front and center in this distinctive cardigan, the Gable Stripe grey and black pattern looks so classy and elegant.  Laurie B. still manages to weave in fashion forward elements with the dolman flared sleeve on this sweater, a scoop neckline and the contrasting black trim around the neckline and cuffs and hem.   Again you would not believe how luxuriously soft the knit on this sweater feels.  It is also made from a viscose, nylon blend with 78% viscose and 22% nylon so of course it feels super soft and very comfortable.  One of our favorite looks is wearing this over a long sleeve black top with a black skirt and boots in the winter.

All of these are great examples of lightweight sweaters that incorporate cashmere or a great alternative to cashmere to give you a luxuriously soft lightweight wrap in a distinctive style.

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