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15 Cardigan Sweaters for Senior Women

By Sandra Roussy August 11, 2022 Makeup and Fashion

Cardigans are traditionally layering pieces that we use for warmth or for covering up. Fashion items come and go, but cardigans have been in our closets for a long time and are not going anywhere anytime soon.

  1. Short Lightweight Cardigan from Talbots
  2. Embroidered Striped Cardigan from Macy’s
  3. Classic Ribbed Houndstooth Button-Front Cardigan from Khol’s
  4. Mid-length Cardigan with Tipping Detail from Talbots
  5. Mid-length Striped Open Front Cardigan from Talbots
  6. Open-Front Cardigan with Pockets from Macy’s
  7. Malibu Cardigan With Tipping from Anne Klein
  8. Draped Open-Front Cardigan from Macy’s
  9. Faux Pleat Cardigan from Chico’s
  10. Plus Size Classic 3/4-Sleeve Open-Front Pointelle Cardigan from Lane Bryant
  11. Plus Size Crochet Lace Detail Cardigan from Avenue
  12. CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan from Nordstrom
  13. Cable Zip-Up Cardigan from Appleseed’s
  14. Jacquard Abstract Print Cardigan from Chico’s
  15. Plus Size Open Front Knit Fabric Floral Cardigan from Target

According to Wikipedia:

“The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. It is modelled after the knitted wool waistcoat that British officers supposedly wore during the war. The legend of the event and the fame that Lord Cardigan achieved after the war led to the rise of the garment’s popularity – supposedly, Brudenell invented the cardigan after noticing that the tails of his coat had accidentally been burnt off in a fireplace.”

Fashion designers like Coco Chanel took the clothing item and brought it to runways and into fashionable women’s closets and the rest is history.

Cardigans can be dressed up or down depending on how they are worn and accessorized. Michelle Obama wore an elegant short cardigan with pearls when she met Queen Elizabeth. It actually had a lot of people talking and the topic became “sweatergate.” If someone knows how to wear a cardigan, it’s Mrs. Obama!

Here at Sixty & Me we love our cardigans. They are in most of our closets as a staple piece and are often part of our capsule wardrobe.

Personally, I tend to shy away from the brightly printed cardigans, unless that will be my signature piece of clothing in my outfit. Cardigans should complement your outfit rather than overpower it.

Great Cardigans for Senior Women

Brands and retailers are now offering cardigans in all shapes, fabrics, and colors, and the selections go from super trendy to more traditional looking.

Cardigans can be button-down or open front, long or short, bulky or flowy. They are often made with cashmere, merino wool, cotton blends, synthetic blends, or even linen.

Here I’ve shopped around for some of the best cardigans for older women and have put together a list of various styles, fabrics, and price points.

Short Lightweight Cardigan

Short Lightweight Cardigan

I love this elegant cardigan in a cotton/modal blend with three-quarter sleeves from Talbots. It’s the perfect cardigan to wear over a sleeveless dress or with your favorite T-shirt and jeans. Gives a very classic Chanel look. Also offered in Plus Size.

Embroidered Striped Cardigan

Embroidered Striped Cardigan

I couldn’t resist this beautiful striped cardigan with floral print detail. Wear a simple white cami underneath in order to keep the attention on the cardigan.

Classic Ribbed Houndstooth Button-Front Cardigan

Classic Ribbed Houndstooth Button-Front Cardigan

This classic length houndstooth cardigan is made of cotton, nylon, and rayon for everyday comfort. It is also offered in several color options.

Mid-length Cardigan with Tipping Detail

Mid-length Cardigan with Tipping Detail

The classic hip-length, cotton blend cardigan with contrast tipping detail from Talbots easily made my list because of its timeless and stylish features.

Mid-length Striped Open Front Cardigan

Mid-length Striped Open Front Cardigan

Many women are fans of stripes, and a striped cardigan is always a good idea. This open-front style  from Talbots has a dropped shoulder and I love the natural color combo – Ivory/Sand Castle.

Open-Front Cardigan with Pockets

Open-Front Cardigan with Pockets

This long rayon/polyester cardigan found at Macy’s is offered in several bright and fun colors.

Malibu Cardigan with Tipping

Malibu Cardigan with Tipping

This Chanel-inspired cardigan from Anne Klein features a bold stripe trim along the edge and pockets.

Draped Open-Front Cardigan

Draped Open-Front Cardigan

Cardigans have come a long way and have become more stylish over the years. This open-front cardigan from Macy’s looks great on all body types.

Faux Pleat Cardigan

Faux Pleat Cardigan

The three-quarter sleeves on this open neck cardigan feature a chic pleated design. Because it is made from a soft, lightweight yarn fabric it drapes perfectly. It can be found at Chico’s.

Classic 3/4-Sleeve Open-Front Pointelle Cardigan

Classic 3/4-Sleeve Open-Front Pointelle Cardigan

This plus-size cardigan from Lane Bryant is tunic length and is perfect for added coverage with skinny jeans or leggings.

Plus Size Crochet Lace Detail Cardigan

Plus Size Crochet Lace Detail Cardigan

This pretty plus-sized crochet cardigan with lace detail can be found at Avenue.

CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan

CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan

This comfortable casual lightweight bouclé yarn cocoon cardigan keeps you cozy around the house or out about town.

Cable Zip-Up Cardigan

Zip-up cardigans are perfect if you have mobility issues in your hands, like arthritis for example. Buttons may have become difficult to manage and zippers make life easier. This cardigan has a small cable knit design that I love, and it comes in several colors.

Jacquard Abstract Print Cardigan

Jacquard Abstract Print Cardigan

This pretty and colorful cardigan is woven in a light cotton-mix fabric. Find it at Chico’s.

Plus Size Open Front Knit Fabric Floral Cardigan

Plus Size Open Front Knit Fabric Floral Cardigan

This lightweight plus-size floral open-front cardigan can be found at Targets. Perfect to dress up or dress down depending on the occasion.

Which cardigan style is your favorite? Do you have a particular style or fabric that you prefer? Tell us in the comments below. Share your favorite cardigan style with the community.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website: www.sandraroussy.com

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