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 Zigzag Longline Cardigan

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RED Valentino Tartan Longline Cardigan

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Shoptiques Long Stripe Cardigan

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Shoptiques Sheer Brown Long Cardigan

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Shoptiques Longsleeve Plaid Cardigan

Shoptiques Longsleeve Plaid Cardigan

$32.00
Shoptiques Rib Knit Long Cardigan

Shoptiques Rib Knit Long Cardigan

$74.00
Shoptiques Plaid Duster Cardigan

Shoptiques Plaid Duster Cardigan

$72.00
Shoptiques Draped Cardigan

Shoptiques Draped Cardigan

$49.00
Shoptiques Waffle Knit Long Cardigan

Shoptiques Waffle Knit Long Cardigan

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Shoptiques Red/Black long cardigan

Shoptiques Red/Black long cardigan

$200.98
Shoptiques lightweight long cardigan

Shoptiques lightweight long cardigan

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Missguided Lilac Co Ord Belted Longline Belted Cosy Knit Cardigan

Missguided Lilac Co Ord Belted Longline Belted Cosy Knit Cardigan

$40.00
Missguided Mocha Long Cosy Knit Cardigan

Missguided Mocha Long Cosy Knit Cardigan

$50.00
Shoptiques Cream Long Cardigan

Shoptiques Cream Long Cardigan

$19.00

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.

RE/DONE Cotton-Linen '90S Oversized Cardigan

RE/DONE Cotton-Linen '90S Oversized Cardigan

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Shoptiques Oversized Turtleneck Cardigan

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Missguided Blue Cosy Knit Oversized Cardigan

Missguided Blue Cosy Knit Oversized Cardigan

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Missguided Tall Black Batwing Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided Tall Black Batwing Oversized Knit Cardigan

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Missguided White Belted Balloon Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided White Belted Balloon Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

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Missguided Tall Lilac Oversized Colourblock Cardigan

Missguided Tall Lilac Oversized Colourblock Cardigan

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Missguided Stone Belted Balloon Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided Stone Belted Balloon Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

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Missguided White Batwing Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided White Batwing Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

$32.00
Missguided Cream Cosy Knit Oversized Balloon Sleeve Cardigan

Missguided Cream Cosy Knit Oversized Balloon Sleeve Cardigan

$20.00
Missguided Rose Cosy Knit Oversized Balloon Sleeve Cardigan

Missguided Rose Cosy Knit Oversized Balloon Sleeve Cardigan

$32.00
Shoptiques Oversized Kimono In Snake Skin Printed Cardigan

Shoptiques Oversized Kimono In Snake Skin Printed Cardigan

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Shoptiques Amelia Oversized Cardigan

Shoptiques Amelia Oversized Cardigan

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Missguided Petite Pink Oversized Cosy Knit Cardigan

Missguided Petite Pink Oversized Cosy Knit Cardigan

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Missguided Stone Batwing Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided Stone Batwing Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

$25.00
Missguided Gray Cosy Knit Oversized Cardigan

Missguided Gray Cosy Knit Oversized Cardigan

$27.00
Missguided Black Batwing Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided Black Batwing Sleeve Oversized Knit Cardigan

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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.

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Shoptiques Cropped Cardigan

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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.

Moncler Wool Contrast Cardigan

Moncler Wool Contrast Cardigan

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RE/DONE Wool-Blend Lightweight Cardigan

RE/DONE Wool-Blend Lightweight Cardigan

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Gucci Wool Button-Down Cardigan

Gucci Wool Button-Down Cardigan

$1,980.00
Burberry Wool-Blend Logo Cardigan

Burberry Wool-Blend Logo Cardigan

$820.00
Fabiana Filippi Wool-Blend Cardigan

Fabiana Filippi Wool-Blend Cardigan

$595.00
RED Valentino Virgin Wool Tartan Cardigan

RED Valentino Virgin Wool Tartan Cardigan

$547.00
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AllSaints Merino Wool Afelia Cardigan

$167 $100.00
Bottega Veneta Wool-Rich Knitted Cardigan

Bottega Veneta Wool-Rich Knitted Cardigan

$3,038.00
Gucci Wool Gg Supreme Cardigan

Gucci Wool Gg Supreme Cardigan

$1,700.00
ETRO Wool-Blend Paisley Bakersfield Cardigan

ETRO Wool-Blend Paisley Bakersfield Cardigan

$1,785.00
SAINT LAURENT MOHAIR AND SILK CARDIGAN XS Red, Black Wool

SAINT LAURENT MOHAIR AND SILK CARDIGAN XS Red, Black Wool

$1,259.00
Brunello Cucinelli Virgin Wool-Blend Cardigan

Brunello Cucinelli Virgin Wool-Blend Cardigan

$1,750.00
LOEWE Wool Anagram Asymmetric Cardigan

LOEWE Wool Anagram Asymmetric Cardigan

$1,054.00

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 Striped Button Up Crop Cardigan

Zaful Striped Button Up Crop Cardigan

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Zaful Ribbed Plunging Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Ribbed Plunging Button Up Cardigan

$11.74
Zaful Beading Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Beading Button Up Cardigan

$14.14
Zaful Argyle Button Up Sleeveless Cardigan

Zaful Argyle Button Up Sleeveless Cardigan

$6.39
Zaful Basic Slouchy Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Basic Slouchy Button Up Cardigan

$13.78
Zaful Fair Isle Knit Crop Wrap Cardigan

Zaful Fair Isle Knit Crop Wrap Cardigan

$8.34
Zaful Houndstooth Button Up Ribbed Hem Cardigan

Zaful Houndstooth Button Up Ribbed Hem Cardigan

$11.10
Zaful Button Up Contrast Striped Cardigan

Zaful Button Up Contrast Striped Cardigan

$17.95
Zaful Argyle Plunging Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Argyle Plunging Button Up Cardigan

$14.89
Zaful Open Front Drop Shoulder Long Cardigan

Zaful Open Front Drop Shoulder Long Cardigan

$31.11
Zaful Open Knit Pearly Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Open Knit Pearly Button Up Cardigan

$9.86
Zaful Wide Ribbed Stepped Hem Cardigan

Zaful Wide Ribbed Stepped Hem Cardigan

$11.56
Zaful Plain Cable Knit Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Plain Cable Knit Button Up Cardigan

$14.89
Zaful Dual Pocket Open Front Stripes Cardigan

Zaful Dual Pocket Open Front Stripes Cardigan

$19.79
Zaful Button Up Front Pockets Cardigan

Zaful Button Up Front Pockets Cardigan

$17.17
Zaful Textured Open Front Solid Cardigan

Zaful Textured Open Front Solid Cardigan

$20.43
Zaful Striped Drop Shoulder Pocket Plunging Cardigan

Zaful Striped Drop Shoulder Pocket Plunging Cardigan

$12.97
Zaful Cable Knit Balloon Sleeve Short Cardigan

Zaful Cable Knit Balloon Sleeve Short Cardigan

$15.96

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. 

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ERMANNO DI ERMANNO SCERVINO Cardigans

$189.00
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