Outfit: cardigan

One of the ways I’ve recently been maximizing my closet is by trying to wear the pieces I have in different ways.

During the Winter 10 x 10, I got the idea of wearing a cardigan backwards, with the buttons down the back – essentially turning it into a shirt. I loved the idea but wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pull off the look. I ended up giving it a try last week, and it was a success!


Cardigan: Zara (old, similar here); Culottes: Zara (ethically made version here); Scarf: Cuyana; Bag: Angela Roi; Watch: Berg + Betts

The cardigan I’m wearing happens to be from Zara (i.e. NOT ethically made), so I like that I can get a lot more use out of it by wearing it as a cardigan, as a shirt buttoned in the front, and as a shirt buttoned in the back.

I thought the tag would bother me in the front and feel scratchy, but it didn’t bother me at all! Also, nobody questioned the outfit or asked why my sweater was backwards, which I thought might happen. In fact, I got a lot of compliments on it!

In the spirit of this outfit, as well as cardigan season, below I’ve rounded up my favorite ethically-made cardigans that do double-duty!


L’Envers Gaby Cardigan

(I ordered this a few weeks ago and I can’t wait for it to get here!)


Thought Clothing Audrey Cardigan

I love the cutouts and back seam on this cardigan.


Dôen Cardiff Cardigan

The sleeves on this cardigan! It’s a bit out of my price range for now, but definitely going to keep my eye on it. 🙂


People Tree Meredith Cardigan

I haven’t tried styling a v-neck cardigan backwards, but I think it could work really nicely – especially with a bralette or lace camisole.


Everlane The Cashmere Crew Cardigan

This style is most similar to what I’m wearing above – the perfect basic cardigan!

Have you tried wearing your cardigan backwards? What did you think of it?





  1. I have a v-neck sweater I wear backwards so it’s a low-back and more of a bateau front. I actually don’t wear it forwards anymore! It’s exciting to explore these kinds of unintended looks.

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