The words “sweater guard” probably bring to mind something your grandma keeps handy for when the weather is chilly. You’re probably right. But I didn’t realize until after seeing the lovely Miss Emma Pillsbury on (my fave guilty pleasure-ish show) Glee wear them time after time in modern and interesting ways.
Since being popular in the 50s, sweater guards have since been mostly forgotten and overlooked as an accessory/jewelry piece. Which means it’s the perfect way to bring some unexpected pizzazz to your outfits. While they can be worn in the traditional way, on your sweaters to hold them ajar, sweater guards also look adorable when clipped to the collar of your favorite button-up shirt, as Miss Pillsbury demonstrates in the bottom left photo.
Due to its versatile nature, however, the sweater guard can be worn in so many different ways, especially since they come in both clip and pin form. Here are some I’d like to see:
1. In your hair as a barette
2. On a blazer lapel
3. On your shoulder as a makeshift epaulet
4. On a pair of lace-up booties for blinginess
5. On the waist of a high-waisted skirt
6. On the back of a sweater or jacket to help cinch it in.
If you’re creative you can definitely come up with a way to work one into your wardrobe.
Though sweater guards might not be prolific in your local thrift or vintage stores, chances are, you can score one for under $10 on eBay. Etsy also has some great offerings, as you can see to the right. Find them here for under $15 each: