Fall offers a great opportunity to experiment with layering, particularly with lightweight knitwear pieces like cardigans. As the cooler weather makes us dig out knitted garments from the closet, we’re exploring a few different ways to wear the seasonal staple. No matter if you prefer relaxed, oversized fits or on-trend cropped styles, read on for five chic cardigan outfit ideas to shop and wear.
For more style inspiration, read our guide to mastering the tennis skirt trend.
There are many ’90s fashion trends we still love and would wear in a heartbeat today, and our favorite has got to be the slip dress and combat boots look. Here, we style a silk satin mini nightdress from La Perla and a pair of monochromatic Dr. Martens with a cropped, cornflower blue Helmut Lang cardigan for a fall-ready ‘fit. To complete the retro-inspired getup, reach for your favorite claw clip (we love Emi Jay’s butterfly-shaped style) and a baguette purse like Balenciaga’s white, crocodile-effect shoulder bag.
Brown and Beige
A lot of cardigan styles, like Totême’s loose-fit Langre design, can be easily dressed up or down depending on how you style them. While the V-neck, brown button-up sweater makes for comfy work-from-home attire when paired with bottoms like Nanushka’s beige ribbed-knit trousers, with elevated accessories — here we’ve chosen Alighieri’s gold chain necklace, BY FAR’s thong sandals and the Bottega Veneta Mini BV Jodie bag — you can also spruce up the outfit to make it date night-ready.
From Dua Lipa to BLACKPINK member Jennie, it seems like celebrities are embracing the cardigan trend as well. To channel your favorite artists’ off-duty style, layer a vibrant colored cardi like Loewe‘s purply blue design on top of a simple crop top. Round off the look with a pair of high-waisted washed jeans (Acne Studios makes a great one), your go-to white sneakers and some playful jewelry, like Lauren Rubinski’s rainbow beaded necklace and Sandralexandra’s pearl chain that comes with a chili pendant.
To stay warm in transitional weather, look to cashmere options like Khaite’s popular Scarlet cardigan. The mid-weight knit can be worn with a matching soft knit bra for double the amount of coziness. A pair of cream white pants and leather slides like Jil Sander’s padded sandals keep the outfit effortlessly stylish. Finally, complete the weekend-friendly look with a large tote — JW Anderson’s wool-blend logo bag is on our wish list.
Chunky knits, like STAUD’s ivory cable-knit cardigan, are a fall essential. To keep the collegiate vibes going, pair a tank top or bodysuit with a check print skirt, like Acne Studios’ pleated design. A pair of classic loafers like Prada’s logo plaque style and some fun accessories — such as GANNI’s leopard patterned scrunchie and Simone Rocha’s angel motif socks — tie everything together.