I'm bringing SexyBack

I'm bringing SexyBack

When I saw this Pringle sweater in Jane magazine being worn backwards like that, it reminded me of girls I keep seeing at gigs who do that – wear their sweaters and cardigans backwards.  I quite like the idea of having the buttons going up backwards and for me, I guess showing off the back is a whole lot more preferable to showing off my non-existent cleavage.  I also like the way the cardigan comes up quite high at the neck at front making people think you’re just wearing a high necked sweater and then surprising people when you turn around.  This could also work with sweaters that have very deep V’s.  On the charcoal cardigan because there were so many gold buttons, I fastened them up to non-matching button holes so that it kind of twisted on itself too.  If it looks a little plain from the front, adding a multi-layered dramatic necklace could work. 

(Background from paulwilloughby.com)

P.S. Excuse the cheesy title of this post – that friggin’ Justin Timberlake song has been on MTV non-stop!

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  1. Sullen Girl

    2006-08-28 at 8:36 PM

    I like that a lot.. people used to do it a lot in my highschool, but I never really liked it too much because they presented itin a “sarcastic” way, like “WOAH, guys, I’m wearing my cardigan backwards, I’m soooo unfashionable that I’m actually fashionable.” Now that I see it presented more artistically, I am more fond. Also, I suffer from the lack of cleavage; perhaps this look would do me good.

  2. Carissa

    2006-08-28 at 9:18 PM

    That is clever, I like it. I haven’t seen it where I live but it looks lovely.

  3. buttonsandstars

    2006-08-28 at 9:21 PM

    Yeah, I really like that look. I love how slouchy the grey one looks.

  4. eurobrat

    2006-08-28 at 9:47 PM

    TRES sexy. Thanks for the reminder. Excuse me while I flip round my cardigan…

  5. Casey

    2006-08-28 at 9:59 PM

    This is such a cool idea!!! After reading this I tried on a tan cardi I bought last year. Buttoned all the way up, it looked waaay too 1940s pin-up (not school safe!), but when I left most of the back (er… front!) unbuttoned and layered a low-back tank underneath it was very loose and chic looking!! I also found that adding a wide vintage belt helped too. Thanks so much for the inspiration!! 😀

  6. Anonymous

    2006-08-28 at 10:38 PM

    I read somewhere (hope it wasn’t here!) that girls used to do that in the 1950s. I’ve never heard or seen anybody do it before but wanted to try it out since I read about it. All my cardigans don’t seem to big or to shrunken to do it properly though!

  7. Leonie

    2006-08-28 at 11:57 PM

    You inspired me again! =D
    Need to try this tomorrow!
    Oh my .. Ideas keep popping up in my head haha

  8. Christina

    2006-08-29 at 1:04 AM

    I love the idea! You’ve inspired me…this may be the new fall look I’m going to have to try to rock.

  9. Britt

    2006-08-29 at 1:21 AM

    dang. i love it. all of it. I adore you

  10. Jen

    2006-08-29 at 1:22 AM

    o hey- that looks really good on you! I love it. Definitely wear it out.

  11. Cindy

    2006-08-29 at 2:27 AM

    verrrry cute. i love your sweaters, btw. :]

  12. Adrian

    2006-08-29 at 2:50 AM

    You make it look so easy! Love the site, btw.
    Do you mind linking me?

  13. michi

    2006-08-29 at 3:17 AM

    wow! i’ve kinda gotten bored of all my sweaters, but this post really inspired me to put them to good use 😉

  14. agent86

    2006-08-29 at 4:58 AM

    i’ve tried and i can’t pull it off…but my dear you look fabulous!
    oh and that damn song is drivin me nuts.

  15. booboo

    2006-08-29 at 5:31 AM

    You look awesome! I have never seen or heard of this before, but I’m definitely going to try it! Thanks!

  16. SRR

    2006-08-29 at 6:37 AM

    Very cool! I think I’ll try that with pullovers that are low cut, as the v-necks of my cardigans are not low enough.

  17. sequinedlips

    2006-08-29 at 7:44 PM

    I love that.
    The only problem I have is that I need to be wearing a bra. Haha.

  18. Claire

    2006-08-29 at 8:27 PM

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but have never left a comment. Just want to say I think your style is amazing.!
    So yeah, just keep truckin!
    .cx

  19. Sam

    2006-08-30 at 2:13 AM

    Oooo great idea Susie! Now when I return to NY I shall pull out any cardigan and try wearing it backwards. 😛

  20. Kate

    2006-08-30 at 2:25 PM

    Hello fellow Hong Konger~~
    First time commenter, long time reader.
    I LOVE this backwards cardigan look!
    Keep up the great work on your site!!

  21. Linda

    2006-09-02 at 2:59 AM

    Oh, come now. Why hasn’t anyone asked what brand your cardigans are?
    The gray one is especially lovely. *nudge nudge* do tell, do tell!
    It’s just too perfect. It looks stretchy, it falls just right, and sort of has that “it’s my boyfriend’s” look about it. Simple yet it brings up a lot to mind.
    I’ve been on the look out for something similar and I saw some very sheer, very light, very stretchy, very loose cardigans in target, but none in grey.
    See what you’ve done?! Now I’ll never be satisfied!

  22. Scaree Gee-Oh!

    2006-09-02 at 10:06 PM

    Hi again, Susie! What have I done, again! Thrown out my own Paris viewpoint on Back-to-school with Back-to-front Susie…? I think there’s a kind of Madame Claud-ish edge to Back-2-front cardis, particularly the hypocritcally sexy grey ones ! XXG

  23. Rosie

    2006-09-03 at 1:47 AM

    Here’s something awesome for you to check out that isn’t fashion but it’s awesome anyhow. It’s a CD called LOVE STORIES. There’s a website, http://www.dkibomeka.com.

  24. susie_bubble

    2006-09-03 at 5:31 PM

    Wow…everyone seems to want to bring SexyBack. I’ve been seeing this look more and more in London – could very well be some teenager scenster thing……but I don’t care since I think it’s great! With the bra thing – I must confess, I do go braless a lot of the time since there’s nothing there to support but you could wear one of those low-backed bras that means the lower bit of your sweater/cardi would cover it. You could also wear a vest underneath.
    To Linda and anyone else who wanted to know:
    My grey cardigan is actually an extra small cardi from Topman – it really is super comfy! The dark charcoal one is vintage (think I stole it from my mum!).
    Scaree: You crack me up…..

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