Plus size duster cardigan buying guide
The length and type of fabric you want
While many plus size lace duster cardigans are made from soft and light fabric, some duster cardigans like Women’s Cardigan 3/4 Sleeve Lightweight Open Front Lace Trim Long Duster has heavier fabric. Some like Yskkt Women’s Boho Open Front Cardigans are knitted.
Some lightweight fabrics include rayon, polyester, cotton, and spandex blends. Heavier materials include knits, fleece, cashmere, and wool. Duster cardigans made from these materials are often bulky and have boxy cuts.
Understanding the length and type of fabric you prefer is a good starting point to narrowing down your choices. Keep in mind that thicker fabrics like twill and wool may be harder to layer but offer more warmth and durability. Also, some duster cardigans are knee-length, and others are floor-length.
A plus-size lace duster cardigan’s basic style is long. However, some have slits on their sides close to the thigh, and others, like Women’s Cardigan 3/4 Sleeve Lightweight Open Front Lace Trim Long Duster has lace hem. Although duster cardigans are casual wear, the detailing, style, and pattern might make it more professional and formal.
How you layer depends on the sleeve length of the top you want to wear. Do you need a duster cardigan to layer over short-sleeved tops or one that fits over long-sleeve tops? Some have short sleeves, and others have long sleeves. Some have ¾ sleeves, and some have extra sleeves that give a scrunched look.
Lightweight plus-size duster cardigans are more affordable than their heavier counterparts made from cashmere and wool. Also, duster cardigans by famous brands have a higher price tag than less popular brands.
How long should a duster cardigan be?
Your duster shouldn’t sweep the floor. If it does, then it’s too long, and you should get a shorter one or get it hemmed. Generally, a duster cardigan should be a few inches below the knee. However, you can wear longer duster cardigans and pair them with heels to keep them from sweeping the floor.
What is the best way to launder a duster cardigan?
Always follow care tag instructions. Some cardigans are machine washable and dryer safe, while others aren’t. For instance, IN’VOLAND Women’s Plus Size Lightweight Long Duster is hand wash only, while Yskkt Women’s Boho Open Front Cardigans is machine washable. I recommend hang-drying your duster cardigans to prevent wrinkles and shrinking. You should use dry cleaning services for duster cardigans made from premium materials like wool and cashmere.
What do you wear under a duster cardigan?
You can wear your duster cardigan with a top or pants. Alternatively, you can pair it with a dress, provided it’s two inches longer than your duster cardigan. Since most duster cardigans have a loose fit, they work well with straight skirts. However, A-line skirts have too much volume, and laying a duster cardigan will make you feel and look like you are drowning in fabric. Since most duster cardigans have an open front, you can add some accessories like necklaces to elevate your style.
How do I store duster cardigans?
You should store your duster cardigan on hangers instead of folding them. Most plus-size dusters are made from flowy material like Polyester, which is prone to wrinkling when not hanging freely. However, if you want to store your duster for a long time, you can keep it in a storage bin and iron it when you need to wear it again.
Is a duster cardigan like a jacket?
No. The main difference between them is that jackets often have a zipper closure, and the length stops near or at the hips. A duster cardigan drops past the thigh and, at times, is close to the floor. Duster cardigans don’t usually have zippers.