The Vintage St John Cardigan You Need in Your Wardrobe

vintage st john cardigan outfit ideas

Much like any vintage lover, I’ve been wanting a vintage Chanel cardigan or jacket forever, but I’m not ready to drop $1.5k on one. Yes, I buy a lot of designer stuff and I have expensive taste, but there are some things that I just can’t justify. Enter the classic vintage St John cardigan which will solve the dilemma (if not affording Chanel is a dilemma).

I picked up my vintage St John cardigan for under $15 on eBay a few months ago and it’s one of my favorite finds ever. It’s one of those classic pieces I’ll wear well into my 100s, yes I plan to live to at least 100 years old, and will still be in style. These cardigans can tend to look a little too “buttoned up, pearl necklace” for my taste, but styled with the right pieces, it’s super modern and fashion forward. I love the contrast trim and the extra gaudy buttons which make the sweaters extra special.

My formula is to style with vintage Levi’s or leather pants and a graphic tee. It makes for a great cardigan over dresses for a most classic look, but you know I love mixing everything up when I get dressed up.

Shop my vintage St John cardigan finds:

What do you think about vintage St John cardigans? Let me know!



  1. Andrea Aviles
    December 23, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    HI Annette, I love this look! Did you swap out the buttons or are those the originals?

    • December 26, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks so much Andrea! I kept the original buttons 🙂

  2. Kelley
    February 11, 2022 / 5:45 pm

    Did you keep the shoulder pads? I have one and they seem over the top. I love how it looks and how you styled it.

    • February 14, 2022 / 12:05 pm

      Yes, I generally keep shoulder pads on all my cardigans and blazers since they give a bit more structure. I hope that helps!

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