Style - Apr 21, 2022
17 Best Outfit Ideas for Your Cardigan in 2022: How to Wear a Cardigan (& Where to Buy Your Next)
By gemma prior
How we choose to wear a cardigan is probably the deciding factor when it comes to whether we see them as something outdated or as an
essential piece in a capsule wardrobe and therefore want to own them, several of them.
In the past they may have been categorised as fashion your grandma regularly wore or perhaps sparked a memory of a dishevelled grungy look
from the 90s.
But not any more!
Now, over the past few seasons with thanks to labels such as Gucci and Balenciaga, we’re being shown just how versatile these pieces
are seeing them appear covered in a label’s logo, oversized pieces with pencil skirts, or slouchy versions layered over floaty
Meanwhile many influencers are also confirming the cardigan’s comeback offering endless ideas for how to use this piece away from the
catwalks, in our everyday wardrobes.
And they’re particularly good for the in-between seasons - where we all find ourselves right now.
Whether it’s a casual outfit for autumn (fall) or spring, how we choose to style and wear a cardigan is the key to making this piece a
wardrobe essential without an expiry date.
And while timeless pieces will always remain strong, trendy new cardigan styles also continue to appear with each change of season,
offering an endless bank of options and ideas.
Keep reading to find 17 great ideas for how to wear your cardigan, including a couple of wearable styles you might not have ever considered.
17 Great Ideas for How to Wear Your Cardigan
When the weather is too warm for your coat but too cool for strappy dresses on their own, your cardigan is perfect for creating outfits
that will meet your needs.
There are endless styles for every occasion and outfit, whether you’re looking for something modern like a print cardigan or one of
the slim fitting classics .
And when you’re looking for ideas for how to wear your cardigan, decisions obviously begin with what sort of occasion you’re
Are you looking for something casual, an outfit for work, or a style with a little more elegance?
Great for pairing with dresses, be they slip or floaty, with pencil skirts or the pleated variety, with slouchy or slim fitted denim, with
shorts or mini skirts, for wearing under blazers or trench coats, or even wearing on their own as a dress, the cardigan is one of the best
pieces in any capsule wardrobe.
Of course if the weather is still quite cold, or these temperatures are revisited regardless of the season, then a chunky cardigan sweater
or extra layers along with your cardigan are also great options.
So, if you’re looking for new ideas regarding what to wear with a cardigan and the outfits you can create, whether you need an outfit
for work or a casual outfit for dates with friends, here are 17 great ideas for how to wear your cardigan.
As demonstrated here by Hailey Bieber, one of the best outfits to create is a simple one pairing your
cardigan with jeans and some heeled sandals. A look that won't date.
Cardigan worn backwards. Not a look you see very often and therefore a great option when seeking unique ideas for how to wear
As well as layering pieces over your cardigan, you can also try layering under to create outfits with your cardigan that are fit for
For a truly relaxed look which could take you to the shops or a cafe with friends, try pairing a long cardigan over loungewear.
A touch of trendy and a hint of sexy, if you'd enjoy giving it a go try wearing your cardigan unbuttoned over a crop top. You could
dress this up or down.
The true classic of the cardigan world, this cropped and slim fitting style is a keeper. Try it with jeans like Alexa Chung,
over a slip dress, with tailored pants or a skirt. And much more!
Another casual and relaxed look in monotone colours paired with chilled Converse sneakers - very popular right now!
There is a way to add a touch of sexy to your cardigan - try pulling yours down over your shoulders like fashion influencer
Alexandra Lapp to reveal a little more skin.
For a casual and comfortable look try an oversized cardigan with some jeans and platform or flatform sandals.
A simple but chic addition to any cardigan, try belting yours at your waist to add more shape and intrigue to your look.
One of the trendy looks this season for a cardigan is when worn as a dress. You can try this with either a long
or shorter one depending on what you’re comfortable with and how cold your legs are!
Whether you try this look with a long or short cardigan is up to you, both are great with skirts. And you could try any shoes - sneakers,
boots, sandals, heels or flats.
Try a matching set, pairing a slim-fitting cardigan (or oversized!) with a tailored pant of matching colour
For those colder days try an oversized chunky cardigan sweater belted over a dress and paired with boots.
Created with a slip dress this look is one that can take you beyond a casual do to something a little more glamorous. You could
use either a long or short cardigan and then pick the shoes that fit the occasion.
This cardigan outfit could take you from the office to dinner and keeps the look tailored and streamline with a fitted pant and
You may not think of androgynous style and cardigans in the same sentence, but it can be done!
Where to buy cardigans in 2022: Your Wardrobe Essentials
Now that you've hopefully found some new ideas for how to wear a cardigan for different occasions, I thought you might be on the
lookout for some that would work well for you as capsule wardrobe essentials.
H&M long tie belt cardigan $69.99 AUD, FROM h&M
LOCATION: UK & Others
OAK & FORT oversized cardigan $132 AUD, FROM oak
arket slim fit ribbed cardigan $106 AUD, FROM arket
& other stories asymmetric cardigan $133 AUD, FROM &
staple superior shawl Cardigan $99.99 AUD, FROM the
oroton long sleeve rib cardigan $299 AUD, FROM oroton
kowtow unisex raglan Cardigan $289 AUD, FROM kowtow
LOCATION: new zealand
everlane cropped cashmere Cardigan $230 AUD, FROM everlane
country road ribbed Cardigan $159 AUD, FROM country
boden cashmere Cardigan
$230 $184 AUD, FROM boden
alohas knit Cardigan $209 AUD, FROM alohas
alex mill chunky Cardigan $182 AUD, FROM alex
acne studios Face knitted Cardigan $460 AUD, FROM incu
anna quan clarisse Cardigan dress $460 AUD, FROM anna
extreme cashmere big Cashmere Cardigan $690 AUD, FROM my
ganni cotton robe knit Cardigan $595 AUD, FROM ganni