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The Draped Cardigan…Dos and Don’ts For Different Body Shapes

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Women's Petite Sizes, Women's Plus Sizes, Women's Style | 8 comments

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Draped Sweater Dos and Don'ts

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If we are lucky, the draped cardigan will be here to stay.  In many ways, I love these more than a simple cardigan because more people can wear them.  That said, there are so many styles that it’s about selecting the right one.

At the end of the day, the best option will provide a balanced shape to the body while draping gracefully in the right places.

The two examples above show the same cardigan in two different colors on two different people.  Continue reading to find out which one is Fabuliss approved.

DRAPED CARDIGAN : DO THIS

Draped Sweater: Do This

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The examples above work for different body shapes based on how they fit each body.  A few additional do’s to keep in mind:

  • A longer sweater can be more flattering on women who carry weight in the belly area.
  • Look in a 3-way mirror to ensure the back fits and is shaped to fit your curves.
  • The sweater should drape and lay well against the body and other clothing and not “stick” or wrinkle.
  • Pair with the right first layer – whether it is cotton, silk or satin – for the best drape.
  • When possible, opt for color over defaulting to black.

DRAPED CARDIGAN: DON’T DO THIS

Draped Sweaters: Don't Do This

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The examples pictured above don’t do any of the beautiful models any favors.  Avoid these mistakes:

  • Hiding out in a piece of clothing should be reserved for inside your home on a day that important people will definitely not be stopping by.
  • While some of these looks might look appealing from a comfort standpoint, they are not made to flatter.

QUICK REVIEW

Draped Sweater Review

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Now that you have seen examples of what works and what does not, let’s look at these draped cardigans again.  Fabuliss approves the cardigan on the left for several reasons:

  • The high contrast vertical stripes create a slim and tall silhouette.
  • The horizontal stripe and volume around the hips appears to balance out her shoulders and ruffle-enhanced bust.
  • The color works well with the model’s dark hair.

There are SO many options so if you don’t find what you are looking for in one store, keep looking until you find THE ONE.

This post is dedicated to Twitter fan Jessica, a.k.a. @J2Milla.

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  1. Beth

    Great post! I am a big fan of the draped cardigan…I think I have one in every color. Great over a tank top with jeans and a fun necklace or even over a dress. Mine are not bulky since you are right, it adds weight. Great advice on what shapes work best :)

  2. Teresa Thomas-Carroll

    I love my draped cardigan and agree that I hope they stay in style. This gave me great insights on the best ways for me to wear it. Thank you!

  3. Jessica

    JUST the information I was looking for, I cannot thank you enough for all of your work!

    Now, I’m off to go find a new cardigan that flatters ;-)

    J2Milla

  4. Kristin Maija Peterson

    I love the draped cardigan ~ way sexier than your traditional button-down and beautifully feminine for any woman, no matter her age. Would you say, in your professional opinion, that the triangle draped cardigan would work on someone who is small busted, has hips (in proportion with shoulders) and not very tall, under 5 feet, 6 inches.

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