Ann Taylor Long Linen Cardigan – How To Style

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This fine specimen was added to my shopping cart last minute to reach the free shipping minimum when I decided I HAD to have a pair of shoes (more on that later). I thought a peacock blue, linen version of this cardigan might be kind of fun, so in the shopping cart it went. Now that it’s here, it’d like to share with you a few ways to style it!

The Straight-Jacket!

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The Cape!

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Or not.

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Sorry, Ann Taylor.

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Cute color though.

How would YOU style this cardigan?

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43 Comments

  • Lol! 

    I was hoping when I saw this post that YOU knew how to style it! 

    But, yes. It is a  nice color =)

    • Reply June 8, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      LOL. Some things are better left alone. :P

      • Reply June 9, 2011

        Anonymous

        Hi Kelly,

        See this episode on vanity sizing by Dr. Oz. Great info.

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Alterations Needed

    I’d like to add here that my next “styling” attempt would’ve been to go pant-less. Aren’t you glad it didn’t go that far? You’re welcome.  ;)

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Couturecoco5

    LOL! And that was XXSP? I’m not too sure about the colour either :/ Great effort though LOL!

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    A Little Petite

    lol yea beautiful color! but just a taddddd bit too big. belt didnt seem to help at all?

    • Reply June 9, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      I didn’t even attempt a belt. Those darn pockets are right at prime “saddle bag” length on me. Never a flattering look. :P

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Cyndi

    In general I love the way cardigans that length look with skirts or dresses that fall a few inches above the knee! For this cardigan specifically, I second the belt idea.

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Cynthia C. M.

    THAT is an XXSP?!!!  Wow, vanity sizing has really gone crazy! #1 would work well if it weren’t for the button holes – maybe.  I’d wear it with something skinnier though.

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    shystardreamer

    Whoa that sweater is huge. it can fit two of you :)  Love the color though.

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    cindydiep2

    You are freaky funny in this post!! :D You crack me up :D. Wow xxsp? that seem like a xl on you.  Geeze.

    • Reply June 9, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      LOL. Thanks Cindy! I thought I should have some fun with it since it was so big. ;)

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    New Petite

    You are funny! love the color but not the fit. 

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Amber

    I have a few large cardigans and I just push up the sleeves and belt them. I usually wear them with skinny jeans or a skirt. Love your face in the last pic, lol
     Easy Petite Looks
     

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Anna

    Yikes. That’s their idea of xxsp? Looks like I could fit in there just fine and I’m 5’8! Style this as an oversized cardigan. Roll the sleeves back, wear skinny jeans, and a high high heel. Add your red Chanel and you’re set.

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Tara

    Um…did they put the wrong size tag on that cardigan?  lol

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    TrangT

    Roll up the sleeve and put a belt on it? That’s what I would try, but I’ve never had a cardigan THAT BIG!
    stylereengineered.blogspot.com

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Jeni

    has anyone mentioned that maybe you should go pants-less?  although reading your blog, i’m pretty sure that it’s not your style, but layer the cardigan over leggings and a tank, belt it, and call it a day?

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Petite LG

    I can’t believe how big the cardigan was in XXSP! It looks ginormous on you. Even though the fit was horrible, I love love love the color. It’s so gorgeous. I wish the cut was smaller. Super cute poses though :)

    • Reply June 9, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Sydney! It’s comically big on me, so of course I had to share. Too bad because the color is fabulous!

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    TinkerCo

    a beautifully printed dress – although i must say those long sleeves are a drag….boo hoo. 3/4 sleeves would’ve been perfect for summer!

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Stacey

     Tragedy! The color is so pretty! You tricked me though… I thought you were going to pull out a miracle and actually style it. Sigh. How gullible am I?

    Would it really shrink enough though? I know you’re the master of shrinking clothes!

    • Reply June 10, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      LOL. Sorry to trick you, but this cardigan was begging to be made fun of. :)

      I doubt it would shrink enough, or if it did, it would probably become all misshapen and not be very flattering anyways.

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Silvard

    I would exactly know how to  style it very nicely on my taller/bigger sister, but not on me.

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Elle

    lol Kelly, I have to say I thought you were going to style the crap out of this cardigan in spite of the picture. But I guess some things simply can’t be done. :)

    I loove all the cute faces you are making.

    • Reply June 10, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      LOL. Thanks Elle! I bet you could have actually styled it creatively, seeing as you’re the queen of creative remixing.  :)

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Lydia

    It looks a little too big. Length-wise, maybe you could belt it then wear it with skinny jeans? It’s probably still way too big (the sleeves are also too long). Agree with the color though. Pretty.

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    SugarNikita

    I’m wondering if it’s possible that particular cardigan was mislabeled…that seems awfully big for an XXSP…even for Ann Taylor.

    If it was the correct size, I bet it would look really cute!

    • Reply June 10, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      I don’t think it was mislabeled…I think it was just designed to be a really roomy fit. And since most AT items are borderline too big on me anyways, this one just so happened to look ridiculous. I agree, two sizes smaller and it would actually be really cute!

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    thd2

    I wonder if they made it big because, being linen, it would shrink up a fair amount in the wash (??)

    I am scared of long cardigans in general on my petite but curvy (on the bottom) figure. But this one is especially scary!  Very funny post.

    • Reply June 10, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      I know what you mean about fearing long cardigans. A lot of them are unflattering on my hips too, so I can only imagine if you’re really curvy on the bottom. Especially avoid ones that have pockets down there! Yikes!

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Sonia

    Omigod..if AT and ATL start vanity sizing I am doomed! I recently bought a OOP BR dress and it was too big, so this is ominous.
    Love your styling attempts…so funny!

    • Reply June 10, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Sonia! Sizing can be really hit or miss, so don’t give up hope yet. Pretty much every year, I swim in certain items, but fit well in others, all from the very same brand in the very same size. It happens *shrugs*.

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Sunshine

    i really LOL’ed! thanks for the laugh ;)

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Anonymous

    Forgot to add the link: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/whats-your-real-clothing-size-pt-1

    so interesting. Enjoy it.

  • Reply June 9, 2011

    Anonymous

    Hi Kelly,See this episode on vanity sizing by Dr. Oz. Great info. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos

  • Reply June 10, 2011

    PetiteAsianGirl

    For the cape shot, I wish you tied the arms around your neck and wore it as a true cape, superhero style. If I had an oversized cardi like this I would probably wear it with slim black legging bottoms, fully buttoned up as a slouchy cardi, but that’s not very AN now is it? And WHAT could these AT shoes possibly be given their sz 5 is too big for your lil feet? Curious…

    • Reply June 10, 2011

      Alterations Needed

      Darn! I knew I was missing something! You’re so right…I needed to tie the arms around my neck….oh well…next time. :)

      As for the shoes…I get these ideas in my head and just can’t rest until I give ‘em a try.

  • Reply June 10, 2011

    Lydia Higgins

    Hah!  I LOVED this.  I can absolutely relate — especially right now, since I’ve just started the impossible search for petite maternity clothes.  Thanks for sharing your sense of humor. :)

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