Cardigans: History, Trends, Celebrity Styles, and More

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Sundance Catalog Go With The Flow Cardigan -64%

Sundance Catalog Go With The Flow Cardigan

$98 $34.99
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Rylea Cozy Rib Oversized Cardigan (L),

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Rylea Cozy Rib Oversized Cardigan (L),

$169.00
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Tania Lightweight Cotton Cashmere Duster Cardigan (XS),

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Tania Lightweight Cotton Cashmere Duster Cardigan (XS),

$288.00
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Halle Cashmere Blend Cropped Cardigan (S),

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Halle Cashmere Blend Cropped Cardigan (S),

$240.00
Reformation Hope Cardigan

Reformation Hope Cardigan

$128.00
Miu Miu Printed Wool Cardigan

Miu Miu Printed Wool Cardigan

$1,050.00
MES DEMOISELLES SHYM CARDIGAN 1 Pink Wool -30%

MES DEMOISELLES SHYM CARDIGAN 1 Pink Wool

$218 $152.60
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN CROPPED CARDIGAN S White, Beige Silk

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN CROPPED CARDIGAN S White, Beige Silk

$1,124.00
TORY BURCH BUTTONED CARDIGAN XS Beige, Orange, Blue Wool -30%

TORY BURCH BUTTONED CARDIGAN XS Beige, Orange, Blue Wool

$241 $168.70
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.

L'AGENCE Lucas Long Cardigan -50%

L'AGENCE Lucas Long Cardigan

$365 $182.50
Alexander Wang Ribbed Cardigan with Draped Neck -50%

Alexander Wang Ribbed Cardigan with Draped Neck

$595 $297.50
L'AGENCE Marija Duster Cardigan -30%

L'AGENCE Marija Duster Cardigan

$350 $245.00
R13 Long Leopard Cashmere Cardigan

R13 Long Leopard Cashmere Cardigan

$995.00
L'AGENCE Corin Long Cardigan

L'AGENCE Corin Long Cardigan

$285.00
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Gamma  Cotton Thermal Duster Cardigan (XS),

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Gamma Cotton Thermal Duster Cardigan (XS),

$158.00
Only *Only Wine Longline Cardigan -31%

Only *Only Wine Longline Cardigan

$39 $27.00
Missguided Gray Co Ord V Neck Ribbed Long Cardigan

Missguided Gray Co Ord V Neck Ribbed Long Cardigan

$20.00
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Tania Lightweight Cotton Cashmere Duster Cardigan (XS),

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Tania Lightweight Cotton Cashmere Duster Cardigan (XS),

$288.00
Zaful Longline Open Front Striped Cardigan

Zaful Longline Open Front Striped Cardigan

$16.22
Zaful Fuzzy Leopard Button Front Pocket Long Cardigan

Zaful Fuzzy Leopard Button Front Pocket Long Cardigan

$24.70
Missguided White Knit Batwing Oversized Longline Cardigan

Missguided White Knit Batwing Oversized Longline Cardigan

$28.00
Zaful Christmas Graphic Tunic Knitted Draped Cardigan

Zaful Christmas Graphic Tunic Knitted Draped Cardigan

$14.37
Zaful Collarless Open Front Pocket Long Cardigan

Zaful Collarless Open Front Pocket Long Cardigan

$18.91
Talbots Lightweight Duster Cardigans - Marled - Sueded Tan/Ivory - XS -58%

Talbots Lightweight Duster Cardigans - Marled - Sueded Tan/Ivory - XS

$99 $41.99

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.

Vince Oversized Cardigan -50%

Vince Oversized Cardigan

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ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Oversized Cardigan -30%

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Oversized Cardigan

$395 $276.50
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Rylea Cozy Rib Oversized Cardigan (S),

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Rylea Cozy Rib Oversized Cardigan (S),

$169.00
Miu Miu Oversized Wool Cardigan

Miu Miu Oversized Wool Cardigan

$1,200.00
Acne Studios Rives Oversized Knitted Cardigan

Acne Studios Rives Oversized Knitted Cardigan

$580.00
Zaful Patch Pocket Hooded Long Oversized Cardigan

Zaful Patch Pocket Hooded Long Oversized Cardigan

$20.50
Brunello Cucinelli Oversized Mohair-Blend Cardigan

Brunello Cucinelli Oversized Mohair-Blend Cardigan

$2,595.00
Missguided Black Batwing Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided Black Batwing Oversized Knit Cardigan

$28.00
Missguided Gray Batwing Oversized Knit Cardigan

Missguided Gray Batwing Oversized Knit Cardigan

$28.00
Velvet by Graham & Spencer Rylea Cozy Rib Oversized Cardigan (L),

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Rylea Cozy Rib Oversized Cardigan (L),

$169.00
Michael Lauren Kai Oversized Cardigan - OS Creme Blue Stripe

Michael Lauren Kai Oversized Cardigan - OS Creme Blue Stripe

$132.00
M Missoni Multicolor Patterned Knit Oversized Cardigan M

M Missoni Multicolor Patterned Knit Oversized Cardigan M

$234.95
Versace Oversized Safety Pin Wool Cardigan

Versace Oversized Safety Pin Wool Cardigan

$1,075.00

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.

GANNI Wool Knit Cardigan -50%

GANNI Wool Knit Cardigan

$375 $187.50
GANNI Soft Wool Knit Cardigan -40%

GANNI Soft Wool Knit Cardigan

$280 $168.00
STELLA McCARTNEY CARDIGAN WITH LOGO BANDS 38 Beige, Black, White Wool -30%

STELLA McCARTNEY CARDIGAN WITH LOGO BANDS 38 Beige, Black, White Wool

$751 $525.70
MES DEMOISELLES SHYM CARDIGAN 1 Pink Wool -30%

MES DEMOISELLES SHYM CARDIGAN 1 Pink Wool

$218 $152.60
TORY BURCH BUTTONED CARDIGAN XS Beige, Orange, Blue Wool -30%

TORY BURCH BUTTONED CARDIGAN XS Beige, Orange, Blue Wool

$241 $168.70
MSGM MULTICOLOR CARDIGAN XS Red, Pink, Yellow, Metallic Wool -40%

MSGM MULTICOLOR CARDIGAN XS Red, Pink, Yellow, Metallic Wool

$453 $271.80
GANNI V-NECK CARDIGAN XS Fuchsia Wool -30%

GANNI V-NECK CARDIGAN XS Fuchsia Wool

$236 $165.20
Ann Demeulemeester Asymmetrical Striped Wool-Knit Cardigan

Ann Demeulemeester Asymmetrical Striped Wool-Knit Cardigan

$1,025.00
Missoni Zig-Zac Stretch-Wool Cardigan

Missoni Zig-Zac Stretch-Wool Cardigan

$1,530.00
Miu Miu Printed Wool Cardigan

Miu Miu Printed Wool Cardigan

$1,050.00
HUGO BOSS - Knitted Crew Neck Cardigan In Virgin Wool - Open Blue -50%

HUGO BOSS - Knitted Crew Neck Cardigan In Virgin Wool - Open Blue

$248 $124.00
Versace Oversized Safety Pin Wool Cardigan

Versace Oversized Safety Pin Wool Cardigan

$1,075.00
HUGO BOSS - Knitted Crew Neck Cardigan In Virgin Wool - Orange -50%

HUGO BOSS - Knitted Crew Neck Cardigan In Virgin Wool - Orange

$248 $124.00
Marni Striped Wool Cardigan

Marni Striped Wool Cardigan

$825.00
Maison Margiela Wool Cardigan

Maison Margiela Wool Cardigan

$1,150.00
Simone Rocha Embellished Wool-Blend Cardigan

Simone Rocha Embellished Wool-Blend Cardigan

$770.00
Miu Miu Oversized Wool Cardigan

Miu Miu Oversized Wool Cardigan

$1,200.00
Etro Embroidered Wool-Blend Cardigan

Etro Embroidered Wool-Blend Cardigan

$2,920.00

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 Color Block Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Color Block Button Up Cardigan

$12.54
Zaful Color Block Chunky Knit Cardigan

Zaful Color Block Chunky Knit Cardigan

$17.79
Zaful Leopard Pocket Drop Shoulder Cardigan

Zaful Leopard Pocket Drop Shoulder Cardigan

$17.36
Zaful Raglan Sleeve Button Up Longline Cardigan

Zaful Raglan Sleeve Button Up Longline Cardigan

$19.24
Zaful Camo Animal Open Front Collarless Longline Cardigan

Zaful Camo Animal Open Front Collarless Longline Cardigan

$10.89
Zaful Solid Drawstring Waist Cropped Cardigan

Zaful Solid Drawstring Waist Cropped Cardigan

$12.99
Zaful Chenille Flower Embroidered Raglan Sleeve Cardigan

Zaful Chenille Flower Embroidered Raglan Sleeve Cardigan

$24.99
Zaful Striped Zipper Bell Sleeve Ribbed Cardigan

Zaful Striped Zipper Bell Sleeve Ribbed Cardigan

$11.78
Zaful One Buttoned Lapel Seam Pockets Cardigan

Zaful One Buttoned Lapel Seam Pockets Cardigan

$17.99
Zaful Graphic Button Up Cardigan

Zaful Graphic Button Up Cardigan

$12.12
Zaful Cable Knit Buttoned Cardigan

Zaful Cable Knit Buttoned Cardigan

$14.30
Zaful Longline Open Front Striped Cardigan

Zaful Longline Open Front Striped Cardigan

$16.22
Zaful PocketS Striped Tricolor Open Cardigan

Zaful PocketS Striped Tricolor Open Cardigan

$18.57
Zaful Double Breasted Drop Shoulder Belted Cardigan

Zaful Double Breasted Drop Shoulder Belted Cardigan

$13.87
Zaful Fuzzy Leopard Button Front Pocket Long Cardigan

Zaful Fuzzy Leopard Button Front Pocket Long Cardigan

$24.70
Zaful Cable-knit Chunky Cardigan

Zaful Cable-knit Chunky Cardigan

$25.99
Zaful U Neck Buttons Cropped Cardigan

Zaful U Neck Buttons Cropped Cardigan

$9.95

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. 

HUGO BOSS - Knitted Crew Neck Cardigan In Virgin Wool - Open Blue -50%

HUGO BOSS - Knitted Crew Neck Cardigan In Virgin Wool - Open Blue

$248 $124.00
Versace Oversized Safety Pin Wool Cardigan

Versace Oversized Safety Pin Wool Cardigan

$1,075.00
Escada Orange Rib Knit Crochet Trim Button Front Cardigan L -78%

Escada Orange Rib Knit Crochet Trim Button Front Cardigan L

$845 $188.98
Escada Orange Silk Wool Detachable Fuzzy Collar Detail Belted Cardigan L

Escada Orange Silk Wool Detachable Fuzzy Collar Detail Belted Cardigan L

$1,475.00
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Nina Ricci Cream Striped Knit and Lace Cardigan XL -64%

Nina Ricci Cream Striped Knit and Lace Cardigan XL

$820 $296.99
Giorgio Armani Sage Green Wool and Silk Pleated Yoke Detail Cardigan M -76%

Giorgio Armani Sage Green Wool and Silk Pleated Yoke Detail Cardigan M

$695 $163.48
Loro Piana Purple Cashmere Long Cardigan L

Loro Piana Purple Cashmere Long Cardigan L

$1,245.00
Bottega Veneta Blue Cashmere Button Front Long Cardigan M

Bottega Veneta Blue Cashmere Button Front Long Cardigan M

$1,895.00
Stella McCartney Dusty Rose Cotton and Cashmere Blend Sheer Paneled Cardigan M -79%

Stella McCartney Dusty Rose Cotton and Cashmere Blend Sheer Paneled Cardigan M

$845 $174.42
Marc by Marc Jacobs Black Merino Wool Front Button Cardigan S -79%

Marc by Marc Jacobs Black Merino Wool Front Button Cardigan S

$495 $105.46
Alice + Olivia Blush Pink Light Knit Draped Back Cardigan M -45%

Alice + Olivia Blush Pink Light Knit Draped Back Cardigan M

$515 $284.31
Joseph Yellow Silk Blend Knit Button Front Cardigan S -13%

Joseph Yellow Silk Blend Knit Button Front Cardigan S

$121 $106.45
M Missoni Cream Lurex Pointelle Knit Top and Cardigan Set M -26%

M Missoni Cream Lurex Pointelle Knit Top and Cardigan Set M

$355 $262.30
Just Cavalli Black Knit Waist Tie Detail Asymmetric Cardigan S -61%

Just Cavalli Black Knit Waist Tie Detail Asymmetric Cardigan S

$852 $328.44
St. John Black Knit Crystal Embellished Cardigan M

St. John Black Knit Crystal Embellished Cardigan M

$1,540.00
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