Here we are, the annual fall transition of our closets. Where I live in Northern California, fall teases us for a while. Case in point, last weekend our temps were just shy of 90F, and the following five days we bounced around with days that had to reach hard for 70F and some that didn’t see much sun at all. When the weather is a little unpredictable, having a few versatile toppers on hand is key. One of my favorite fall transition pieces is a duster cardigan.
Also known as a long-line cardigan, this style is characterized by length. Any cardigan that hits below the knee qualifies as a duster.
Duster Cardigan in Gray
This silvery tone of gray is beautiful and a perfect fall transition color. The long length of the cardigan elevates even a casual look to polished.
Layering the duster over a silver gray sweater creates a serene look.
I’m not a big fan of button cardigan sweaters. I don’t know why. I have an assortment of them hanging in my closet, but they don’t often make it out! I’ve recently discovered that I do like wearing my cardigan sweaters as a top, buttoned all the way up, like I’ve done here.
This duster cardigan is from Banana Republic Factory Store. What makes it especially suited as a fall transition piece is the weight of the fabric – it’s heavier than a sweater but lighter than a jacket.
Duster Cardigan in Camel
Camel is a classic color for fall. Pairing it with another classic – gray – creates a sophisticated look. This color combination became a thing a few years ago – not a combo I would have worn without the fashion world putting it out to us regular people. But since then, I’ve really loved the look.
The long length of a duster looks great with the flared pants style. With the below the knee* length of the duster cardigan and the flared jeans and heeled boots, the silhouette is long and lean. I’m wearing White House Black Market High Rise Sculpt Skinny Flare Jeans.
*Petite women can wear a long cardigan, too, but may find that knee-length or just above the knee is a more flattering length.