Cardigan sweaters are one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your closet. They make for the perfect outerwear piece in the fall and winter months but can be worn year-round. When it comes to styling cardigans, you can easily pair them with different pieces you already own.
A classic cardigan sweater can be dressed down with your favorite women's t-shirt or dressed up with a sharp women's blouse – the options are endless. From casual to chic, there are many ways to wear a women’s cardigan. So consider these tips on how to style cardigan sweaters to elevate your look for any occasion.
Since most cardigans have a box cut, try to pair them with jeggings and tops, especially if you’re wearing cotton cardigans, so that your clothes fit seamlessly underneath.
As a rule of thumb, you can pair your open cardigans with more loose-fitting clothes. But most button-down women sweaters tend to be more form-fitting, so wearing flowy tops underneath will cause creases and wrinkles that are easily avoidable if you opt for fitted t-shirts and tops instead.
There’s something about a long cashmere cardigan sweater that looks instantly more put together and stylish. Long cardigan sweaters are also another dressier alternative. These coat-like styles are incredibly versatile and work well with dresses, pants, jeans, and even cashmere turtlenecks.
When you’re wearing a long open cardigan, you also have more flexibility with the types of clothes you can wear underneath. Opt for form-fitting tops like t-shirts and camisoles to avoid wrinkles and creases. Then, pair them with more loose-fitted bottoms like straight-cut jeans or wide-legged pants if you want a more relaxed vibe. You can always use a thin waist belt to break down the look and accentuate your waist, but we’ll cover that more in detail later.
Any cardigan sweater can easily double as a shirt. If you have a bulky cardigan sweater, try tucking it to accentuate your silhouette. A tucked-in cardigan looks fabulous over midi skirts, shorts, or high-waisted pants.
With a buttoned cardigan, you can try a French-style tuck for a chic look. To tuck your cardigan with a French-style tuck, simply unbutton your cardigan just above the waistband. Then take half of the unbuttoned cardigan and tuck it in, leaving the other half exposed just above the waistline. This is a stylish choice for anyone looking for more casual and relaxed vibes.
A tried-and-tested way to style a cardigan sweater is to use a belt. Now, depending on the length of your torso, you can get away with using thinner or thicker belts. Ideally, you want to choose thinner belts if you have a shorter torso and thicker ones if you have a longer torso.
When wearing a belt over a cardigan, cinch it at your actual waist. To find this spot, look for the smallest part of your midsection. This will break the box cut of your cardigan and give the appearance of an hourglass shape. Play with how loose or fitted you want the cardigan around the belt to create your desired look.
A cashmere cardigan can be the perfect accessory for a beautiful dress. If you want to go for a more dressed-up outfit, wearing a dress under your cardigan can give you a timeless look that you’ll love. For this look, you’ll want to play a bit with the length of the cardigan. For an A-line or full-skirted dress, you want to choose a shorter cardigan that will sit just above the skirt.
If you’re wearing a more relaxed or fitted dress, you can choose a longer cardigan sweater to add depth to your look. And, if you choose to wear a maxi dress, then the length of the cardigan is up to you. A shorter one will help elongate your figure and has a more formal look and feel to it. At the same time, a longer cardigan will look more flowy and relaxed. Both are chic options.
Once you try and test these tricks on how to style a cardigan, you’ll rediscover so many pieces and outfit ideas in the closet you never thought about before. A cardigan sweater is a must-have piece in every woman’s wardrobe collection. Whether you wear them to work, run errands, or dress them up for a party, choosing a cardigan is one fashion choice that will hardly go wrong.
Now that you know these tricks by heart and are starting to feel inspired, check out some of Land’s End women’s cardigan sweaters to start planning your stylish cardigan outfits.