Backwards Cardigans

Cardigan: Old Navy (old)
sim in brown here and in many
different colors here

Marcy:  Your sweater is on backwards.

Cynthia:  Yes. It’s that way on purpose.

Marcy:  A porpoise told you to do that?

Cynthia:  No.

Marcy:  I don’t trust porpoises. They’re shifty.

Cynthia:  No, Marcy. A porpoise had nothing to do with this. I’ve seen so many girls in Los Angeles wear their cardis backwards lately, that I thought I’d give it a try.



Marcy:  See! What’d I tell you?  They’re shifty! Those stupid porpoises got a whole city of women to shift their cardis.

Cynthia:  It had nothing to do with porpoises!  I have to say… I love this look. It has a 1950’s vibe to it. Plus, I feel somewhat… mischievous! Here are my favorite backward cardi outfits!


Krystal from This Time Tomorrow


Jen from Jen Loves Kev


Cynthia:  So what do you think, Marcy?  Isn’t it a sassy, quirky, stylish, sexy, unexpected look! Except …

Cynthia starts to frantically scratch at her neckline.

Cynthia (clawing at her neck):  I need to cut out the tags if I’m going to wear this backwards cardi longer than 5 minutes. Grrr.. will you please help me unbutton this thing… Marcy? Help! I can’t get out of my cardigan. I can’t reach the buttons!! Aaaaarggghhhh… Marcy!

Marcy:  Do I look like I have thumbs?

Cynthia:  Aaaaaargghhhhhh…

Marcy:  So I think we all know the moral of this story.

Marcy calmly swishes her tail as Cynthia hysterically tries to get out of her cardi.

Marcy:  Never trust a porpoise.



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  • Reply GnomeLover November 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I love that look! I never would have thought to do that. It is genius! Good to know about the tags. I can imagine the itch factor there. You look great! If I saw you on the street in that outfit I would want to copy it immediately! I do agree with Marcy on one thing, though. Never trust a porpoise!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Hi Jenni! Those internet images are all from 2012. I didn't realize it was an old trend. Looks like it's coming back because I have seen so many women do this lately!

      no one ever listens to us do they? i've been trying to warn people for years about porpoises.

  • Reply Pop Champagne November 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    lol. This is definitely an interesting look! and good to know about the tags, they can get so itchy sometimes! you look fab!

  • Reply Anonymous November 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I'm on the fence about this. My boss just buttoned up my cardigan for me and it wasn't working with the outfit I have on today. I might have to try it again with another look.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 5, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      I think this is a look that you have to play around with to get it right. Seems like a really cropped cardi works or one that is more tissue thin with an vneck.

  • Reply Merrie K. November 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I don't trust porpoises either! Lol…I'm surprised but I think the backwards Cradigan looks cute on u. The woman in yellow looks fabulous too! I don't think I cud pull it off, but u look cute 🙂

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      I think you could pull off anything, Merrie!! Marcy is feeling vindicated that you don't like porpoise either. In fact, she's being downright smug about it.

  • Reply Anonymous November 5, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I'm afraid that as a sexagenarian wearing my sweater backwards would confirm my senility. But it looks cute on you youngsters.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      hmmmm… let me think about this one. While I don't like fashion rules and age limits on trends they unfortunately do apply sometimes. hmmmm…

  • Reply Whimsical Preppy November 6, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Yes, it's cute and clever but I would have to have someone help me put it on. The buttons may be bothersome too every time you lean back in a chair. Then you mentioned the tag.
    I love cardigans and I think I will vote for the traditional way of wearing them.
    Give Marcy a pat for me,

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Yes! I definitely needed help! And the tag was too much! I never thought about leaning back in a chair – I didn't get that far! LOL

      thank u stacey i needed that. cindy got me with the furminator today and i'm not sure how i feel about that. i think i liked it but don't want her to know it.

  • Reply withwonderandwhimsy November 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    How cute! I would never think to do this. When I've seen this out on the street, I just assumed the style was made that way, with buttons along the back. I suppose that's true in some cases, but I didn't even think that ladies were just being resourceful and turning their cardigans around. I really like the style with the low v-neck in the back. It adds a bit of sex appeal! What a fun spin on classic cardigans. You know I have a zillion. I'll have to try this look!

    I think you look spunky and chic! It totally adds a playfulness to the classic cardigan! Thanks for sharing, Cynthia! I also love that you shared a variety of ways to style it backwards. How fun!

    <3 Liz

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Yay! Thank you, Liz! I believe they actually did do this in the 1950's so it has been an idea that's been around for a while. I guess it just popped up in LA recently.

  • Reply Merrie K. November 10, 2014 at 2:11 am

    BTW…i just saw a backwards lace cardigan in Ban Rep this wknd…that makes you a trend setter! 🙂

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch November 10, 2014 at 5:15 am

      No Way!!!! That is awesome! Although I have to say that I am just following this trend. BR must have spotted on the trendy LA girls too.

  • Reply June Ahern January 24, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    Yes, it was popular in the 1950s. Buttons down the back. Also, a nice light chiffon like scarf. My eldest sister, a teen in the 50s wore that with her pencil skirt below the knees.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 24, 2024 at 4:20 pm

      Hi June! Sounds so lovely! How on earth did you find this post from exactly 10 years ago? Oh my goodness this was from when I was on a different blogging platform and it looks like none of my photos made it through. Yikes! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!
      xo, Cindy

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