Add versatility to your wardrobe by wearing your favorite cardigan in different ways. You might even have more than one cardigan that you love, providing additional fashion options. Cardigans are one of those wardrobe staples that you can wear all year—including during the summer in air-conditioned environments.
Cardigan sweaters are a stylish accompaniment to any jeans-and-tee combo. Start with your favorite women’s jeans, whether that happens to be high-rise jeans or a skinny style. Add a comfortable T-shirt made from a soft, durable fabric such as Supima cotton.
You may have seen Supima cotton tees, turtlenecks, and even bedsheets—and wonder what makes this fabric so special. It’s the long-staple fiber, which boasts double the durability and strength of regular cotton. Supima cotton is USA-grown in only a handful of states and comprises 3% or less of the country’s cotton production. Supima cotton tees hold their shape after plenty of wear and washing, and they’re colorfast for enduring vibrancy.
Both jeans and tees come in an array of colors. You can mix-and-match denim washes with every T-shirt color and probably never run out of combinations. Pair a white tee with women’s black jeans and a leopard-print cardigan or wear a hot pink T-shirt with indigo denim and a black cardigan. The monochromatic look is always stylish—try a white tee, white skinny jeans, and a long white cardigan for a statement look that you can dress up or down depending on the shoes and accessories you choose.
If you have a graphic tee that you love, wear it under your favorite cardigan. Solid-color cardigans pair beautifully with graphic tees, although you can wear a cardigan with a print. Combining a print cardigan with a graphic tee is an eclectic look with artistic flair. And with such an outfit, you can get away with wearing any type of pants, skirts, and shoes. Go casual with jeans and sneakers or boho-inspired with a maxi skirt and wedge sandals.
For a variation on the jeans-and-tee look, wear a cardigan with a knit top and denim skirt. Even a pair of denim capri pants can be worn with a tee and cardigan for an outfit that’s good for mild fall days or even cool spring ones. That’s the great thing about cardigan sweaters—you can literally wear them in every season.
Cardigans also go well with any business-casual outfit. This clothing style is perfect for the office, of course. But you can also dress it down a little for date night and weekends—or casual Fridays. If your business wardrobe consists of dress pants and blouses, a button-front cashmere cardigan is an elegant addition. Long cardigans can be worn with knee-length dress skirts or slim dress pants. They also go well with straight-leg slacks in a simple, plain-front style.
To make choosing work outfits effortless, create a capsule wardrobe. Black, navy, and khaki pants and skirts are a part of every workday wardrobe, as are white dress shirts. Cashmere cardigans and those made from smooth cotton/modal are other pieces you’ll want to have. Choose pieces in cuts and colors that can be mixed and matched for plenty of outfit options.
The addition of vibrantly colored cardigans to a business capsule wardrobe imparts color to your look. You could coordinate your dress shoes with your cardigan for a fashion-forward touch—for example, red pumps with a red cardigan.
A striped women’s cardigan sweater is another option that fits into most any work wardrobe. Plaid and argyle prints are also an easy way to brighten up your business-casual outfits, whether you opt for a long plaid cardigan or a shorter buttoned style with an argyle print.
You can’t go wrong when it comes to wearing a cardigan to the office. However, for those days when you want to change things up, swap your sweater for a women’s blazer for a look that’s polished and professional.
Most any type of dress goes well with a cardigan. Layer your favorite cardigan over a maxi dress for warmth and a trendy look. A mid-length buttoned cardigan goes well with a belted dress, whether it’s a sheath style or something more relaxed. Shirt dresses are another type of dress you can wear under a cardigan, whether your favorite style is a button-front chambray shirt dress or a casual T-shirt dress.
If you’re wearing a sleeveless dress and want more coverage, grab a cardigan. There are short-sleeve cardigans for when it’s warm and long-sleeve cardigans for cool weather. Layer either of these sweater styles over a sleeveless wrap dress for an outfit you can wear almost anywhere.
There really aren’t any fashion restrictions when it comes to wearing your favorite cardigan. Slip it on over your pajamas or comfy sweats for a relaxing day at home or wear it over your dressiest outfit for a formal event.