Maxi cardigans that are longer than knee-length are a fringe trend at the moment. When they’re in a fine gauge knit they remind me of the ’90s. The refined lightweight gauge of the knit tends to offset the overwhelming silhouette, so I vote try those first, especially if you’re petite. Chunky maxi cardigans tend to overwhelm the wearer more easily. 

You’ll probably find it easier to wear a maxi cardigan in a neutral because of its dramatic length. An extra long maxi cardigan is a big colour commitment.

There are many ways to wear this dramatic piece, and I’m getting the ball rolling with two simple renditions. A business casual version with a dress (left), and a casual option with jeans (right). Choose any colour palette. 

Dress & Maxi Cardigan

It doesn’t get much easier than this combination. Layer a maxi cardigan over a sheath dress and finish off the look with footwear and a bag of your choice. For footwear think pumps, loafers, booties or knee-high boots.

The point is that the cardigan is longer than the dress, which creates an interesting effect on the hems of the outfit. Sheath and shift dress silhouettes tend to work best for this type of layering because they complement the shape of the long straight cardigan. Leave the cardigan loose or feel free to belt it at the waist. Add hose and a coat for cold weather. 

Jeans, Tee, Scarf, Boots & Maxi Cardigan 

Combine a pair of boyfriend jeans, straight legs or relaxed skinnies with a tee, lightweight sweater, blouse or button-down shirt. Leave the top untucked or partially tucked with the addition of a belt. Layer over a maxi cardigan and leave it loose to swoosh as you stride. Finish off the look with booties and a scarf. Add jewellery, eyewear, hat and watch as desired. 

You can also create a column of colour under the maxi cardigan by wearing a black top with black skinnies and tall boots. Or be extra dramatic and layer a maxi cardigan over a pair of shorts and finish off the outfit with mid-calf moto boots.

Ensemble: The Dramatic Maxi Cardigan