I’m not a big fan of summer clothes – or summer weather, for that matter.  But I still want to dress with style.   For mixing & matching in warm weather, I still prefer  an under-layer/over-layer top combo.    So I was thrilled to find these lightweight, open-knit cardigans at my new favorite store.  Made from breathable cellulose fibers and with lacy, open knit patterns to allow for air flow, these are cool and comfy summer layering options.

I photographed all of them over gray jeans and cami – not especially to make great outfits but to hopefully provide enough contrast for you to see each style.  Scroll down for details and back views.  All featured styles are available in Misses and Plus sizing too!

All of these are from Dress Barn (not my favorite name, but a store I’m liking a lot … until they complete their recently-announced closure – BOO!).  I’ve read several articles in fashion/business publications knocking DB for “not keeping up with the trends” but since the trends lately haven’t incuded much of anything a thinking woman would want to wear, I’ll take that as an excellent reason to shop there for classic items I can’t find elsewhere.   Like these

  • Pointelle Long Cardigan – Oops – the black one seems to have sold out.  If you need a featherweight black over-layer in your wardrobe, try the Open Stitch Duster – same as my white one.
  • Button Cuff Cardigan – mine is a natural color they call Stone.  Also available in navy and olive.  Love the 3/4 sleeve and flattering shirt-tail hemline.  Im standing wierd in the picture so you can see the shaped hem, but it shows better in the back view below.
  • Pointelle Long Cardigan – same styling as the black one, this Misty Rose color is lovely with the gray, and also fun over navy, chocolate brown and of course black or soft-white denim.
  • Pointelle Cardigan – navy is a classic, and this also comes in a warm olive green
  • Open Stitch Duster – just screams summer when I layer it over soft-white denim and a solid color tee, ad it’s a fun way to give a lighter feel to a navy or black pants/tee column.  Also comes in black, a soft warn camel and a great sage green they call Dark Moss.  Type that color name into the search bar on the DB site to see coordinate shell and bottoms.

Every one of these is as interesting from the back view as the front.  I consider that a mark of good design.  Take a look and see if you don’t agree:

I encourge my clients not to make a fuss about low prices.  Finding the just-right, flattering and versatile item is far more important. So stifle the urge to brag to when your friends compliment you on a great outfit you create with your new summer cardigan.  But do tell us about the ways you style it.

NOTE: I do not have an affiliate relationship with this or any other retailer because I don’t want my recommendations to be influenced by potential financial gain.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Sue Porter on June 3, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    It’s hard to smile, but you should . . . you look so great in each outfit, and so slim! Great finds, thanks. The rose duster seems to be the best, and it’s length makes you look so nice and tall.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 4, 2019 at 7:07 am

      The rose is my favorite too – because it’s a little out-of-the-box for me. My preference for anything that makes me look taller is probably what drives my passion for duster sweaters.

  2. Claire Wong-Ostapowicz on June 9, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    You look tall in the cardigans.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 9, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      That’s always my objective; I can use all the help I can get. A slightly sknny mirror helps too, although selfies take that effect in the opposite direction.

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