Longtime readers likely know that cardigans and I?…we don’t always get along. I once remarked that the easiest way to ruin an outfit is to add a cardigan har har har, and I’ll never forget THE UPROAR. It turns out that a ton of you are big (HUGE) cardigan fans. (Scotti included — she and Linzi probably led the pro-cardi charge.) But I’ll admit that every once in a while, a cardigan calls my name. It’s usually a combination of I’m cold AND wearing a cute shirt (one I don’t want to cover up with my usual turtleneck)…or, perhaps more likely, my mom wants a new one. Which inevitably sends me down the rabbit hole of finding Cardigans I Don’t Hate.
In this case, I found twenty-five. Happy, happy surprise.
1. You Had Me At Snow Blanket
The cardigan I’m wearing above is called the Snow Blanket cardigan. As you’d expect, it’s suuuuper soft, fuzzy, and makes me feel all pretty, pretty snow princess, especially when worn over this lacey top.
ps. It runs a little big – I’m wearing the XXS above.
2. Nostalgic, Maybe?
Remember when all we wanted to wear were cardigans like this with skinny jeans and tall boots? It might be nostalgia, but I love this one.
3. Like a Big ‘Ol Blanket-Scarf Hug
I’ll never not love plaid. And this one has interesting belt or wrapping potential.
4. The One That Looks Like a Short Jacket
This Vince cardigan solves the problem I was having with high-rise jeans and tucked-in tees. They look amazing together, but when I need to warm them up, a huge sweater covers up the best part: the high rise. I really need to see the waist (and bum) for the overall look to work. This cashmere cardigan looks PERFECT. (Also in navy.)
5. The One For Layering Over Silk Camis
The key is in the neckline — see how it’s wider? Plus, it’s cashmere, so the drape is fantastic. By Eileen Fisher.
6. The One That Was *Almost* Boring
Its saving grace? The ribbed fabric, the extra-long sleeves, and the zero-effs-given vibe.
Ribbed Cardigan Sweater | $79
7. The One That Almost Reminds Me of a Tux Jacket
It’s just the lines here — so good. I actually have this Banana Republic cardigan in cotton, from last Spring. It hits on the shorter side, and feels a little more modern.
Cropped Open Cardigan Sweater | $79.50
8. A Swingy Jacket/Cardigan
I love the lines in this one, and the slightly cropped length. I also like that it looks almost like a jacket. I’ll bet this one works well over a dress, too.
Maryann Wool Shrug | $138
9. A Blazer-Cardigan
I’ve sworn by my old James Perse sweatshirt blazer for years….and this J.Crew sweater blazer is similar. I like these slightly shrunken, so size down if between sizes.(Also in black or camel.)
10. The Ladylike Cardigan
If you’re going to do the ladylike routine, then really do it. This J.Crew cardigan pairs perfectly with distressed denim (and maybe a graphic tee underneath).
11. The Best One To Dress Up
Remember when shrugs were a thing? They looked AMAZING with dresses — the cropped shape often showed off the dress, rather than covered it up. This BCBG cardigan is in a similar vein — and the fringe doesn’t hurt, either. (Also in camel.)
Fringed Cropped Cardigan |$228
12. The Super-Sexy Cardigan
Obsessed. All you’d need for this gorgeous number is a pretty lace bralette. (The dramatic neckline would also look kiiiind of amazing over a turtleneck. For reals.) By Free People.
Ribbed Wrap Cardigan | $108
13. The One With A Cool Belt Detail
Look closely — this one has a seriously cool belt detail. LOVE.
14. The One That’s a Little Bit Badass
I’m swooning over the leather-sleeve detail. By BCBG.
15. The One That’s Extra
A faux-fur collar, grommets, and sparkly pieces all….just…work. (The collar is removable, too.)
Grommet Zip-Up Cardigan |$199
16. Both Ladylike AND Quirky
This is actually one of my favorites. I love the ladylike shape AND the embroidered birds. Almost over-the-top, yet…not.
17. Oh hey, PLAID!
This Vince Camuto has a super-soft shape, but thanks to the plaid, it has a very blazer-like vibe.
18. Americana and Nostalgia
Another one that makes me all nostalgic for 2006.
Americana Cardigan | $168
19. It’s a Fuzzy Kimono
And I like it styled juuuuust like this.
Maya Cropped Kimono |$128
20. Go Team
Varsity stripes get me Every. Time.
Mulberry Striped Cardigan | $128
21. The One That Will Save Your Boring Long-Sleeve Tee
Those tees, man. Just so easy to wear, ya know? This bright yellow swingy cardigan can help.
Marigold Ruffled Kimono |$118
22. All The Green, Please
I don’t care what Pantone says the color of the year is….it’s green. And this cardi? Is GOOD.
Michele Striped Cardigan | $280
23. Duster? I’m Intrigued.
I may be too short for this particular look, but I like the slouchy, almost devil-may-care vibe here. Especially over a silky midi dress for night…oooo….
24. On Wednesdays We Wear Ponchos
I actually have this piece in tan which, sadly, is now sold out. But the gray is pretty darn fabulous. The genius behind this piece is that it can be worn as a cardigan (as pictured), or you can wear it as a poncho. Both look pretty cool — the lines here are great.
25. Shine Bright Like A…Teddy Bear Sweater?
My title needs work, but I’ve been doing 25 of these, soooooo….Anyway, the sleeves of this cardigan might be problematic for layering under a coat but it was too cute not to include. This cardi is probably best as a top layer (and would be great for going out).
26. Actually, Shine Bright Like a Sequin & Velvet Cardi
Here’s a bonus cardigan I just came across: sequins. AND VELVET. My sister would be allll over this one. Wear over a little cami, tucked into high-rise jeans.
Enjoy, you crazy cardi-lovers.