How to Wear a Cardigan (5 Chic Style Ideas)

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Last Updated: May 10, 2021

Cardigans have always been a staple piece in everyone’s closet, but knitwear has become a major trend this year. From cropped button-ups to wraps to chunky, oversized pullovers, cardigans have taken over our social feeds, and we want to share our favorite fashion-forward ways for how to wear a cardigan.

Whether you’re looking to wear your cardigan on a date night or to a casual brunch, these ideas will keep you looking chic and trend-forward.

How to Wear a Cardigan

Breezy Button-Ups

For a casual, everyday look, opt for a cropped button-up cardigan paired with your favorite high-waisted jeans and some fun sneakers. Add gold jewelry and a matching belt to elevate the look. 

Eye-Catching Color

When you want heads to turn wherever you go, try a bright cardigan paired with printed trousers and pumps. If you don’t want to turn that many heads, you can always just stick with a bright cardigan and basic pair of pants.

If you’re feeling bold, throw on this season’s hottest cardigan trend: a colorful long-sleeve complete with faux fur cuffs and a collar.

Going Out

Cardigans aren’t just for a cozy fall day.

For a socially-distanced night out, pair a neutral-colored v-neck with leather trousers and knee-high boots.

If you’re more drawn to dresses and skirts, wear a cropped button-up cardigan with a silky midi skirt, or layer a chunky sweater over a sleeveless dress! 

Wrap Around Me

Not into the cropped look?

Pair a wrap cardigan sweater with a patterned skirt and knee high boots for a relaxed-yet-chic look.

For a more casual look, style a longer wrap sweater open with a tank, skinny jeans, and your favorite sneakers.

Make it Monochrome

Jump onto another hot trend with a matching lounge set like a cardigan and knit pants for a comfy and chic look.

Elevate the look by choosing a matching sweater and skirt set and pairing it with gold jewelry and ankle boots. 

Bottom Line

With these five trendy style ideas, you’ll never wonder how to wear a cardigan again. That said, if you don’t want to make any bold moves, you can always pair a classic oversized cardigan with your favorite pair of jeans and chelsea boots, then call it good.

However you decide to wear a cardigan, make sure you feel confident and excited!