Cardigans: History, Trends, Celebrity Styles, and More

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Cardigans: History, Trends, Celebrity Styles, and More

About Cardigans

Cardigans, while simple in design, are a wardrobe staple that’s appropriate for any season. And any girl can grab her favorite cardigan and style it to her own unique sense of style. Serving as a layering piece, a cardigan adds both utility and interest to an outfit – whether you’re dressing for work, the weekend, or date night. Learn more about the cardigan’s history, popular styles, celebrity trends, and more.
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Cardigans, while simple in design, are a wardrobe staple that’s appropriate for any season. And any girl can grab her favorite cardigan and style it to her own unique sense of style. Serving as a layering piece, a cardigan adds both utility and interest to an outfit – whether you’re dressing for work, the weekend, or date night. Learn more about the cardigan’s history, popular styles, celebrity trends, and more.

Cardigan History – From Military Origins to the Modern Cardigan Popularized by Coco Chanel

Named for a British Army Major General, James Brudenell, the 7thEarl of Cardigan, who took part in the Crimean war in the 1850s, the cardigan is modeled after the unique knitted wool waistcoat many British officers were supposed to have worn during that war. It was the legend of the Earl of Cardigan’s Charge of the Light Brigade during the war that led to the garments rise to fame. 

Later, Coco Chanel would bring us the cardigan we know today after getting frustrated with the way tight-necked men’s sweaters would mess up her hair. From the Roaring Twenties to the grunge period of the 1990s to modern day, the cardigan continues to be a wardrobe staple in every woman’s closet.

Cardigan Styles

Today, you can find cardigans in so many fun, modern styles. We’ve put together some of the hottest options that every girl needs. Different styles work for different body types, and they can be styled for many different occasions. 

Try a longline cardigan for a weekend brunch for the girls or add an elegant cropped cardigan to a work outfit and let it show off your waist. No matter your sense of style, you’ll find a cardigan that looks great on you.

Longline Cardigans

Longline cardigans are long – sometimes long enough to reach your knees or your ankles. They often feature large buttons in the front, and you can wear them open or simply button a single button for a fun look. These long cardigans make an excellent substitute for a long coat, and they’re much lighter. 

Wear them over skinny jeans, leggings, or even a body-hugging dress for a long, lean, and warm look.

Missoni Striped Longline Cardigan

Missoni Striped Longline Cardigan

$1,447.00
Dolce & Gabbana Virgin Wool Belted Longline Cardigan

Dolce & Gabbana Virgin Wool Belted Longline Cardigan

$1,695.00
3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Cardigan

3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Cardigan

$454.00
M Missoni panelled long cardigan - Neutrals

M Missoni panelled long cardigan - Neutrals

$572.00
Fabiana Filippi draped cardigan - Grey -50%

Fabiana Filippi draped cardigan - Grey

$806 $403.00
Thom Browne Long Boxy Cashmere Cardigan - Blue

Thom Browne Long Boxy Cashmere Cardigan - Blue

$2,290.00
Rick Owens long cardigan - Brown -40%

Rick Owens long cardigan - Brown

$1180 $708.00
Fiorucci logo long-sleeve cardigan - Blue -50%

Fiorucci logo long-sleeve cardigan - Blue

$276 $138.00
MM6 Maison Margiela longline knitted cardigan - Green -45%

MM6 Maison Margiela longline knitted cardigan - Green

$695 $382.00
Rick Owens draped-back cardigan - Black

Rick Owens draped-back cardigan - Black

$635.00
Thom Browne 4-Bar long V-neck cardigan - Blue

Thom Browne 4-Bar long V-neck cardigan - Blue

$1,790.00
Missoni v-neck long cardigan - Grey -40%

Missoni v-neck long cardigan - Grey

$1620 $972.00
Altea ombré long-sleeve cardigan - Neutrals -10%

Altea ombré long-sleeve cardigan - Neutrals

$300 $269.00
Balmain stripe-trim longline cardigan - Black

Balmain stripe-trim longline cardigan - Black

$1,495.00
R13 long-line style cardigan - White

R13 long-line style cardigan - White

$1,005.00
Zadig & Voltaire long embroidered cashmere-knit cardigan - Neutrals

Zadig & Voltaire long embroidered cashmere-knit cardigan - Neutrals

$998.00
Rick Owens draped-shawl cardigan - Grey

Rick Owens draped-shawl cardigan - Grey

$830.00
Missoni long intarsia knit cardigan - Grey -40%

Missoni long intarsia knit cardigan - Grey

$1215 $729.00

Cropped Cardigans

Cropped cardigans usually reach to right above the waist, and they’re often made of thinner materials. Although some may feature buttons, they’re designed to be left open. While you should avoid wearing cropped cardigans with long tops, they do look great with high-waisted skirts, high-waisted pants, and fit-and-flare dresses. Keep the length of the cardigan above your waistband so it draws attention to your waist.

Wrap Cardigans

Wrap cardigans offer an elegant, sleek look because they don’t have any buttons that can add bulk around the waist or stomach. Their draped texture adds a feminine touch to an outfit. 

Wear it with a belt to make it look polished and chic or simply wear it open for a streamlined effect. Just make sure you keep layers beneath the cardigan lightweight to avoid adding bulk.

Oversized Cardigans 

Oversized cardigans are perfect for cooler weather. They’ll keep you comfortably cozy while still looking stylish. The trick to wearing an oversized cardigan is to make sure it’s the right shape and not too oversized. 

Look for an option that’s slightly oversized and that offers a nice shape, so you look polished instead of sloppy. Going with an oversized cardigan also means you’ll probably want to pair it up with a form-fitting outfit. This includes leggings, skinny jeans, slim skirts, and body-hugging dresses.

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Marni V-neck shearling cardigan - Brown

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Agnona oversized cardigan coat - Neutrals

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Gucci oversized GG V-neck cardigan - Black

Gucci oversized GG V-neck cardigan - Black

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Tsumori Chisato open-front oversized cardigan - Grey -40%

Tsumori Chisato open-front oversized cardigan - Grey

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Gucci oversized contrasting trim cardigan - White

Gucci oversized contrasting trim cardigan - White

$2,800.00
Dsquared2 oversized V-neck cardigan - Orange

Dsquared2 oversized V-neck cardigan - Orange

$1,620.00
Fendi paisley pattern oversized cardigan - Grey

Fendi paisley pattern oversized cardigan - Grey

$2,290.00
Burberry Oversized Cardigan

Burberry Oversized Cardigan

$1,950.00
Thom Browne Prince of Wales Shetland wool cardigan jacket - 980

Thom Browne Prince of Wales Shetland wool cardigan jacket - 980

$4,100.00
Missoni geometric pattern open cardigan - Red -30%

Missoni geometric pattern open cardigan - Red

$3500 $2,450.00
Off-White Varsity oversized cardigan - Blue -41%

Off-White Varsity oversized cardigan - Blue

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Joseph oversized cardigan - Grey -35%

Joseph oversized cardigan - Grey

$732 $476.00
Brunello Cucinelli oversized open-knit cardigan - White -25%

Brunello Cucinelli oversized open-knit cardigan - White

$4080 $3,060.00
Thom Browne 4-Bar exaggerated V-neck cardigan - Grey

Thom Browne 4-Bar exaggerated V-neck cardigan - Grey

$2,100.00
Valentino embroidered oversize wool cardigan - Blue

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LOEWE Oversized jacquard cardigan

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Moschino oversized zip cardigan - Black -40%

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Shrug Cardigans

A shrug cardigan simply shrugs right onto your shoulders, and in many cases, they don’t have any buttons. Some are very short like a cropped cardigan, and they come in materials from cashmere to lace. Shrugs are the perfect choice if you want something small to add a little more coverage to a dress you’re wearing. They also look great worn dressed down and worn over jeans and a t-shirt.

Cardigan Details

Open Front Cardigans

Open front cardigans don’t have any buttons or hooks in the front, so they feature draping hemlines that are similar to wrap cardigans. They look perfect over tank tops, t-shirts, skinny jeans, and even slim A-line skirts.

Cardigans: History, Trends, Celebrity Styles, and More

Patch Pocket Cardigans

Many cardigans don’t have pockets, so patch pocket cardigans are a great option if you like having a place to stash cash, credit cards, or your keys. Toss on a longer one instead of a coat or throw on a casual one for a day of shopping or brunch with the girls. 

¾ Sleeve Cardigans

Just because the weather gets warmer doesn’t mean you have to give up your cardigans. With ¾ sleeve cardigans, you get a short sleeve that’s a bit cooler than the long sleeve options. It’s a great option if you don’t like long sleeves you’re going for a look that works better for spring and summer.

Zip Up Cardigans 

Zip up cardigans featured a zippered front, and they may include pockets as well. They make a great substitute for a jacket. While they look perfect with a pair of jeans, they’ll also go well with dressy trousers or a slim skirt for work.

Button Down Cardigans

Button down cardigans feature buttons down the front, and they’re often thought of as the “classic” cardigan. A button down cardigan in a neutral color is an exceptionally versatile staple to add to your closet, allowing you to create a variety of looks, ranging from elegant to casual.

Wool Cardigans

Wool cardigans are toasty warm choices for the colder months. Wool has come such a long way that you can find impressively tailored wool cardigans that are work-friendly or laid-back enough for a simple weekend shopping trip.

Rick Owens Virgin Wool Sacha Cardigan

Rick Owens Virgin Wool Sacha Cardigan

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Palm Angels Wool Miami Logo Cardigan

Palm Angels Wool Miami Logo Cardigan

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GANNI Wool-Blend Cardigan

GANNI Wool-Blend Cardigan

$293.00
Dolce & Gabbana Virgin Wool Belted Longline Cardigan

Dolce & Gabbana Virgin Wool Belted Longline Cardigan

$1,695.00
Tory Burch Kendra fringe-trimmed merino cardigan - Neutrals

Tory Burch Kendra fringe-trimmed merino cardigan - Neutrals

$582.00
Paule Ka contrast-trim wool cardigan - Grey -41%

Paule Ka contrast-trim wool cardigan - Grey

$410 $242.00
Missoni wool-knit cardigan - White -30%

Missoni wool-knit cardigan - White

$1696 $1,187.00
Tory Burch merino knit cardigan - White

Tory Burch merino knit cardigan - White

$248.00
Rick Owens virgin wool striped wrap cardigan - Black

Rick Owens virgin wool striped wrap cardigan - Black

$1,040.00
Tory Burch Simone boyfriend merino wool cardigan - Orange

Tory Burch Simone boyfriend merino wool cardigan - Orange

$399.00
Gucci Merino wool knitted cardigan - Blue

Gucci Merino wool knitted cardigan - Blue

$1,100.00
Balmain Jacquard wool-blend cardigan

Balmain Jacquard wool-blend cardigan

$1,995.00
Moncler Down wool cardigan

Moncler Down wool cardigan

$895.00
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Dries Van Noten Ruffled wool cardigan

$915 $640.00
Petar Petrov Wool cardigan

Petar Petrov Wool cardigan

$620.00
Saint Laurent Wool cardigan

Saint Laurent Wool cardigan

$2,990.00
Jil Sander Longline virgin wool cardigan

Jil Sander Longline virgin wool cardigan

$690.00
Eres Boy cashmere and wool cardigan

Eres Boy cashmere and wool cardigan

$1,040.00

Cashmere Cardigans 

Cashmere, a non-itchy, soft type of wool that comes from cashmere or pashmina goats, is actually much softer and finer than sheep’s wool. The feather-light, silken fabric feels fantastic against your skin, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a cardigan that combines elegance and luxurious comfort. 

Cashmere cardigans are timeless classics that you can use to elevate any outfit in your closet. 

Latest Cardigan Trends

Cardigans are on-trend right now – they’ve been all over the recent runways (both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter). One significant trend right now is the popcorn cardigan, with a textured, popcorn appearance that adds interest to any outfit. 

Embellished cardigans have also been seen on the runways with tulle, embroidery, and other over-the-top embellishments. Adding a belt to an open cardigan is stylish right now, too. 

Grab a belt in a similar hue as your cardigan and belt it in to define your waist. As the ‘90s styles become popular again, oversized cardigans are seeing a comeback right now, as well.

Top Cardigan Brands 

Whether you want to add cardigans in luxury brands to your wardrobe, or you’re currently interested in affordable brands that fit your clothing budget – we’ve got them both. Look for your favorite cardigan styles and then choose the brands you love.

Luxury Brands

Making a wardrobe investment and love your luxury brands? We’ve got cardigans in the hottest brands, including: 

Affordable Brands

Want great styles without spending a lot of money? Affordable brands offer great ways to try out new trends before making a big investment. Top affordable brands include: 

Brands You Should Know 

Mid-tier brands that every fashion girl should know include:

Zaful Knit Voluminous Sleeve Cropped Cardigan

Zaful Knit Voluminous Sleeve Cropped Cardigan

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Zaful Openwork Drop Shoulder Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Openwork Drop Shoulder Button Up Cardigan

$14.72
Zaful Ribbed Plunging Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Ribbed Plunging Button Up Cardigan

$14.11
Zaful Hooded Drawstring Waist Dual Pocket Cardigan

Zaful Hooded Drawstring Waist Dual Pocket Cardigan

$18.49
Zaful Beading Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Beading Button Up Cardigan

$14.85
Zaful Plain Cable Knit Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Plain Cable Knit Button Up Cardigan

$15.72
Zaful Open Front Plain Longline Cardigan

Zaful Open Front Plain Longline Cardigan

$30.99
Zaful Geo Graphic Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Geo Graphic Button Up Cardigan

$15.20
Zaful V Neck Colorblock Stripes Button Up Cardigan

Zaful V Neck Colorblock Stripes Button Up Cardigan

$17.90
Zaful Open Front Textured Dolman Sleeve Cardigan

Zaful Open Front Textured Dolman Sleeve Cardigan

$15.50
Zaful Colorblock Drop Shoulder Pocket Longline Cardigan

Zaful Colorblock Drop Shoulder Pocket Longline Cardigan

$23.90
Zaful Button Up Scalloped Lace Trim Cardigan

Zaful Button Up Scalloped Lace Trim Cardigan

$9.55
Zaful Crew Neck Button Up Houndstooth Cardigan

Zaful Crew Neck Button Up Houndstooth Cardigan

$18.61
Zaful Drop Shoulder Colorblock Open Front Cardigan

Zaful Drop Shoulder Colorblock Open Front Cardigan

$16.26
Zaful Zip Up Ripped Cable Knit Chenille Cardigan

Zaful Zip Up Ripped Cable Knit Chenille Cardigan

$20.53
Zaful V Neck Button Up Cable Knit Cardigan Vest

Zaful V Neck Button Up Cable Knit Cardigan Vest

$12.85
Zaful V Neck Belted Heathered Cardigan

Zaful V Neck Belted Heathered Cardigan

$15.28
Zaful Button Up Contrast Striped Cardigan

Zaful Button Up Contrast Striped Cardigan

$22.94

Cardigans in Pop Culture/Celebrities 

Although cardigans often get a bad rap for being all prim and proper, these preppy sweaters are actually versatile layering pieces loved by many celebrities. One fan of the cardigan is Amal Clooney, whose impeccable style is known across the world. She’s paired a short-sleeve, slim cut, black cardigan with tailored white trousers, giving it a modern, sophisticated look. 

Celebrities love pairing cardigans with dresses, too. From Taylor Swift to Zooey Deschanel, stars love wearing them with full skirted dresses or even pairing long textured cardigans with fitted mini-dresses. Models and actresses often pair them with flared jeans, simple neutral slacks, or mixing oversized cardigans with black skinnies. 

A Wardrobe Staple for Any Season 

If a cardigan only brings to mind the prim and proper Sandy Olsson (pre-makeover) in the movie Grease, it’s time to catch up with the latest, modern trends in cardigans. The versatility of these fun sweaters makes them a staple you’ll definitely want to add to your closet. 

From heavy longline cardigans for the colder months to light, cropped options that are perfect for wearing with a summer dress, there’s a cardigan for every season. Cardigans have been around for more than a century, and they’re going to be a popular fashion choice for years to come. 

Burberry Tb Monogram Cardigan

Burberry Tb Monogram Cardigan

$890.00
Burberry Intarsia Unicorn Cardigan

Burberry Intarsia Unicorn Cardigan

$1,120.00
Burberry Oversized Cardigan

Burberry Oversized Cardigan

$1,950.00
M Missoni Glitter Cardigan

M Missoni Glitter Cardigan

$460.00
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Balmain Button-Detail Zipped Cardigan

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Balmain Striped Logo Cardigan

Balmain Striped Logo Cardigan

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Eskandar Cashmere-Silk V-Neck Cardigan

Eskandar Cashmere-Silk V-Neck Cardigan

$2,290.00
Stella McCartney Alpaca-Blend Cardigan

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$1,300.00
Magda Butrym Button-Up Cardigan

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$1,499.00
Fabiana Filippi Belted Longline Cardigan

Fabiana Filippi Belted Longline Cardigan

$1,388.00
Allude Cashmere Polo Cardigan

Allude Cashmere Polo Cardigan

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Isabel Marant Zipped Romea Cardigan

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