Spring Cardigan Styling Two Ways: Day and Date Night





I think I over-dosed on cardigans while nursing. Since I stopped, uh, TWO years ago, up until recently I hadn’t been able to even look at another cardigan without breaking out in hives.  I literally wanted to run screaming.

But, you know, time marches on blah blah blah and suddenly I’m all “CARDIGANS?  WHAT ARE THESE WONDROUS PIECES OF CLOTHING” so now they’re suddenly a STAPLE.

Cardigans Win On Spring(ish) Days

First of all, if there’s any doubt in anyone’s mind as to whether or not Pax can or can not make it down the block without being carried….he wants to make his thoughts on the topic CRYSTAL CLEAR.






wearing –

tshirt: ThugLife Shirts (size M for reference)

cardigan: Stateside circle cardigan (sold out)….but try this linen cardigan if you like the shorter length (a more affordable version here), or this black circle cardigan on super sale.

jacket: Everlane Anorak c/o (wearing an XS for reference)

skinnies: Rag and Bone Skinnies in surf wash (on sale!)


bag: Rebecca Minkoff Julian Fringe Backpack

sunnies: Ray-Bans matte blue

bracelets: Feather bangle, copper bangle c/o


Sexy Cardigan:  Not An Oxymoron! (Date Night Edit)

As I’ve mentioned before, my date nights typically involve a ton of walking so more often than not, I’m in flats.  Also, since I tend to equate cardigans with words like cozy and frumpy….to bust one out on date night means that I need something seriously drapey, and maybe even a little sheer.






wearing –

tank: Wilt Slub Shrunken Knit Tank  (xs for reference)

cardiganBop Basics Cocoon Cardigan (xs for reference)

skinnies: Rag and Bone Skinnies in surf wash (on sale!)

flats: old ShoeMint, but these pointy-toe ankle-wrap flats by Mel are very similar – the key differences being the perforated leather (nice!) and the colors are swapped – the ankle strap is nude, which will elongate the legs and work better with thicker ankles.

bag: Rebecca Minkoff Julian Fringe Backpack

sunnies: haha I just realized that I stuck my actual glasses on top of my head!

necklace: Rebel Pendant, Stella & Dot


Shop My Favorite (Non-Boring) Cardigans



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  1. THIS is why I love you. Your opening. I scowl at my cardigans. My boys are 3 & 5 and I am just starting to remember they did serve a fashionable purpose besides covering my boob. Glad to hear I am not alone. I think I will throw one over that Barcelona tank you ladies enabled me into.

    A question that has been bothering me: Now that I am officially wearing ‘mom jeans’ (Madewell’s perfect summer) can I still wear the fanny pack (Herschel) you inspired me to buy last season? Or am I now just dressing up like my 10 year old self?

    • Oooo….Julie. A fanny pack AND mom jeans? That is dangerous, but possible. But hey – if you keep your footwear and sunglasses game on point and add in a cool, drapey tee, I’ll bet you can totally pull it off.

  2. This might sound silly but my struggle with cardigans is where they hit on the chest – I am small but busty and I feel like cardigans that fall to the outside of my boobs make my chest look too big and that they can’t be contained by a cardi, but when the cardi falls directly over my chest with only a couple inches width showing in between, I feel matronly/dowdy and like I’m trying to cover up. What is the sweet spot???

    • Amy – not silly at all!! I think the sweet spot is in the drape. If you can find thinner, drapier cardigans, I suspect they’ll look better on the outside of the boobs. The key is to show off the shape of your shoulders nicely, otherwise you just look top-heavy. Those cut-out or flyaway cardigans do this nicely. (The thin ones, anyway.) The other option, especially if you have a small waist is to try those tie-waist cardigans or wrap cardigans. They’re usually really flattering on large busts. I also like J.Crew’s standard cardigan buttoned and worn as a shirt on curvy girls (but I get that it totally defeats the cardigan purpose).

      • Amy, thanks for asking this question; I’m in the same situation! And thanks for this advice Shana! It can be cold and foggy in S.F. in the Spring/Summer so layers are vital but tricky to style! So nice to have these tips.

  3. Shana,
    I have been a long time follower (ya know, from back in the old ANMJ days). I have never commented but this post sparks a question! I have been a long time lover of cardigans. I now live in the hot hot south. My summer wardrobe used to consist of dresses, however this year I am trying out some shorts. I am seeing some short sleeve cardigans for sale (mainly on Loft) and it has me intrigued. What’s your opinion on the short sleeve slouchy cardi? Yay? Or no way?

  4. LOVE this! Especially the date night outfit. Right up my alley. I just bought a thin, grey light weight cashmere cardi by Vince. LOVE it- now I know how to wear it. Thank you!

  5. Hi, the Everlane anorak looks great on you. How tall are you? I couldn’t find that in your about page. Would be useful for reference! Thanks!

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