What do you think of when you hear the words “cardigan sweater”? Frumpy? Cozy? Chic? The cardigan is said to have made a “comeback” in fashion over the past couple of years, but for some of us, it has always been a wardrobe staple. Here are some styles that you’ll find in-store right now, and how you can wear them (without looking frumpy of course)…
The Open-Front Cardigan Sweater
For a casual look, an open-front piece makes a cozy top layer. This is Madewell’s Kent Striped Cardigan Sweater In Coziest Yarn. It currently comes in two colorways.
If neither color works for you, take a look at Banana Republic’s Colorblack Long Cardigan Sweater which is very similar. It’s selling out quickly online, so if you don’t see your size you may be able to find it at your local store.
Wear your open-front cardigan with a fitted t-shirt, jeans, booties, and a belt in a fun color or print.
My jeans are the Sweet Straight style from Lucky Brand. You could wear bootcut jeans, skinny jeans, boy-jeans or really any style, in this outfit.
You can also wear a leather or suede belt over your open-front cardigan to cinch in and show off your waist. Just wear a fitted dress, skirt or pants underneath so that you have smooth lines (no belt buckle bumps!)
Duster Cardigan Sweater
I’m wearing Banana Republic’s Wool Blend Duster Cardigan (in XS Petite). I usually wear this longer style with pants, ankle boots, and a t-shirt, so I thought I’d try a skirt for a change. My denim button-front mini skirt is from J.Crew Factory and currently on sale.
Halogen’s Wool & Cashmere Long Cardigan is similar and comes in 5 neutral colors.
I always have a hard time finding the right coat to wear over a duster style, so as it gets cooler, I wear more layers underneath. I often wear my Uniqlo Heattech Crew Neck T-shirt under tops and sweaters to stay warm without a coat. A cashmere or oversized scarf will also keep you cozy.
The Short V-Neck Cardigan
For button-front styles, I find that a v-neck is a little more versatile than a rounded neck. A rounded neck cardigan looks good on its own or over a turtleneck top, but any other neckline can create some funny lines around your neck.
Mine is an older Banana Republic silk-cashmere piece. The Washable Merino Cardigan is very similar. The blouse is the Japan Exclusive Pin-Tuck Top in XS (my usual size). Unfortunately, it ran small so I had to return it.
A short or cropped cardigan is perfect for work, over a dress, skirt or tailored pants.
The Sweater Blazer
The sweater blazer is exactly as it sounds, a blazer made in a knit (i.e. stretchy, warm and comfortable)! I don’t have one yet but I’m looking at J.Crew’s Sophie Open-Front Sweater Blazer and Ella Open-Front Long Sweater Blazer.
Banana Republic also has a sweater blazer in classic colors.
Do you have a favorite cardigan style? Leave me a comment and let me know how you style it!
You may also enjoy these posts:
Why You Need A Little Black Skirt (hint; it’s another closet staple!)
How To Wear Bootcut Jeans (my guest post at cupsofcoco.com)