Cardigan Sweaters

"Cozy Up Your Style with Cardigans!"


Cardigan sweaters are fabulous for layering with your tops (and perhaps hide a bloated belly!) - multiplying your outfits and for dressing down a flashy outfit. You can find cardigans in all kinds of versatile and gorgeous styles - from cozy shawl cardigans (my favorite) to the cute cropped cardigan.

Gray cardigan sweater from Nordstrom
Courtesy of Nordstrom

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Open/button-down cardigans are some of the most flexible sweaters there is because they're easy to mix & match and create different looks. So that's why I highly recommend you to invest in at least 4-5 cardigan sweaters to complete your wardrobe and needs.

How to Buy Cardigan Sweaters

Secure versatile cardigan styles

First things first. Make sure you have a couple of cardigans that will work with the rest of your wardrobe - color and style wise. So invest in the ones with versatile cardigans that don't grab too much attention. Like these:


1. Simple cotton - 2. Boyfriend cardigan - 3. Cozy knit - 4. Cropped - 5. Coat cardigan

1. A simple cotton cardigan is light and thin - which makes it excellent for easy layering over a tee, pretty dress - and can also be worn as a top tucked in your pants or skirt.

2. The boyfriend cardigan is casual and long - great for keeping yourself warm and stylish.

3. A knit cardigan for that effortless, vintagey look. We all need atleast 2-3 cozy a la grandpa cozy knit caridgan that we can dig our faces in during winter!

4. I also think we need one cropped cardigan for winter turning into spring, and summer-into-fall days. It gives you a rolled sleeve look for that chic and cool outfit.

5. And let's not forget a long and coat'ish cardigan - it makes a jeans & tee outfit look polished. And if I were you I would totally go the belted style!

Now these are the top 5 cardigan investments which every woman needs (well, there are exceptions if you live in the tropics). They are invaluable for your budget and style because they'll never go out of trend - they're also easy to throw on when you're in a hurry.

    fashion tip Tip: Secure the basics first and then go loose on current fashion trends and prints that tickle your taste. Oh, and it doesn't hurt to spend more money on these classics - they'll last longer :-)

Dress your body shape

Rihanna wearing a stylish striped cardigan sweater
Rihanna via INFDaily
There are some cardigan styles that look better on some body shapes than others. For example, if you have a prominent bottom your best cardigan sweaters are those that bring the attention to your upper body, such as prints and above-the-hip styles. Or if you have a wide upper body, you'll look best in cardigans that create curves around the hip.

The key is to determine your body shape and select the right cut and length that complement it.

However there are several ways to make a not-recommended garment work for your proportions, which is explained in the Body Proportions-section.

Experiment with how you wear it

There are many chic ways to wear a cardigan. I personally like wearing it unbuttoned with a skinny belt wrapped around the waist for a feminine and drapey silhouette. But I can also take a basic lightweight cotton cropped cardigan, wear it as a full sweater and tuck it in with my black high waist trousers.

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