You know how when women live together their menstrual cycles synch up? Well....no sooner had I jotted down a note in my idea file, "try wearing long cardi as a dress"...than Em (our much-loved nanny) showed up in this little number.
Whoa. We're sartorially synching.
But seriously - let's discuss. The looong cardigan? Try wearing it as a dress. It can be a bit body-con, but there are a few ways to work around that.
First of all, Em nails it by buttoning up her boyfriend cardigan over leggings and topsiders. Then tones down the body-con nature of this outfit by finishing with a lightweight army parka.
Here's another view of her outfit:
(Em's wearing: sperry topsiders for j.crew, target leggings, forever21 boyfriend cardigan, old navy jacket)
The other option to tone down the body-con is to play around / distract the eye with a belt and scarf. Here's my take:
(wearing: Splendid long cardi, Flexees shaper cami, plush fleece leggings, frye boots, banana republic belt, old scarf...from Younkers? R is wearing his sweet Grateful Dead tee paired with blueberry smoothie on his face. Nice.)
Also, I think this styling would also work with the ubiquitious, no-button, open, drapey cardigan. You know, this one:
I don't actually own one of these (strange, right??)...and almost ran out to get one, simply for this article...but then came across this pic of adorable Sydney from TheDaybook:
Sydney chose a thicker knit, which provides more coverage, but I think a thin one would work equally well.
In any case, between Em and Sydney....well. It was all a bit "I know -- Pet Rock! What? Someone already did that?" But whatever. Humbling is good.
So I'm loving these outfits because they're an easy way to start transitioning your winter wardrobe into Spring. And it's just leggings, flats (or flat boots) and a soft cardigan. Super easy, super mom-friendly, right? And because it's leggings, you can run around, climb, wrestle, etc. without worrying about too much accidental bum exposure. See?
Whaddya think? Are you gals going to try this one? If you do, feel free to send pics! We'll post 'em and you'll totally be famous for a day.