According to recent stats, women only regularly wear 20 percent of the clothes in their closet. And, I have to admit, I’m probably guilty of this too! But, I’ve now found two new pieces that I could wear nearly 100 percent of the time.

It’s hard to find something that the black tank top and long cardigan from Covered Perfectly don’t go with! The brand was specially created to give women fashion which can enhance what they like and downplay what they aren’t so confident about.

As someone without many curves, I tend to try to create long, lean lines with my outfits, to skim over the fact that my waist isn’t, well, much of a waist! The popcorn-style jacket from Covered Perfectly is the ideal piece to do this with.

Black tank top

A black tank top is one of those basics that every wardrobe needs! I packed the black tank from Covered Perfectly on a recent vacation to Indonesia and teamed with everything from wide-legged trousers to shorts. Made of supersoft MicroModel with a bit of Spandex thrown in, it’s incredibly comfy and, while it doesn’t lose its shape, it skims rather than clings.

Black tank top outfit ideas |

Long cardigan as a vacation cover-up

Lightweight and hard to crease, even if you roll it up and stuff it into your suitcase, the Popcorn jacket proved to be an ideal vacation cover-up. Perfect for slipping over a sleeveless top when the temperature dips a little when you go to dinner in the evening!

vacation cover-up |

Belted with a dress

The cardigan is already asymmetric, with a longer hem at the front than the back. Plus, belting it creates more of a waterfall effect while elongating and slimming, as you create a block column of color at the front. I’m wearing with a Calvin Klein dress I’ve had for decades and chunky jewelry from Next.

 Styling a long cardigan |

With black

The popcorn cardigan goes particularly well with black, so I’m also trying it out with the black tank from Covered Perfectly. It’s ideal for casual days, worn in a really simple way over the black tank and with a pair of black jeans. But, I also liked adding another elongating layer. The scarf also added a splash of color.

The elongating effect is a great way to hide a belly, and there are more ideas from Rosemond in her earlier article about Covered Perfectly on the best tops for hiding a belly

Sylvia also has more suggestions here where she creates 5 outfits with 2 Perfectly Covered tops.

Casual long cardigan style |

For an evening out

I also found the cardigan was luxe enough to work well with eveningwear. It provided interest and texture to an otherwise simple, pleated Ralph Lauren dress, which was a bargain from TK Maxx.

Long cardigans for evening |

With a pop of color

But, I didn’t just wear it with black. I found that it worked just as well with a pop of color. The bright orange seemed to bring out the contrast between the creams and grays in the cardigan.

Styling a long cardigan |

Which is your favorite way to wear a long cardigan? What are the two things you couldn’t live without in your own closet? 

Author bio: Liz Hands is a fashion journalist and stylist from the UK who has styled fashion shoots for newspapers, magazines and high-end clients including 5* hotels and BMW. She’s now happiest either blogging about style, or donning her favorite Barbour jacket and Brogini boots for a hack out on her crazy ex-racehorse.



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The most versatile black tank top and long cardigan for your wardrobe |

The top and cardigan were handpicked by Liz and given for review. This article contains affiliate links.

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