I Love Summer Cardigans (And This One Is My Fav)


This post is sponsored by Nordstrom.

I get it—cardigans might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of hot summer days. But there’s something effortlessly chic about pairing a slightly oversized cardigan with denim cut-offs. Especially when said cardigan is made mostly of linen, making it breathable and perfect for warmer weather. Unlike heavier materials, linen allows air to circulate and wicks away moisture and dries quickly…so it’s actually ideal for summer.

The Case for Summer Cardigans: With Shorts

I love the breezy, relaxed fit of this cardigan. It’s such a versatile piece that can be styled up in a ton of different ways: pair it with a tank top and denim cut-offs for a relaxed daytime look, bring it to the beach for extra sun coverage, wear it with linen pants for a lunch date (I wore it with these–on sale!), or drape it over a sundress for an evening out. I’ve been wearing this one on repeat since I bought it.

It’s not skin-tight, so it provides a bit of tummy camouflage, but the flattering neckline keeps things sexy. I love wearing it with denim shorts–the slouchier fit perfectly balances out short shorts. It’s a bit dressier than the typical denim shorts and a t-shirt but just as comfy.

cardigan (xs) | shorts (28, also in a longer length) | cami | sandals | bag (also with gold or pink trim)

My go-to denim shorts are AGOLDE’s Parkers. They’ve nailed that lived-in vintage vibe that just gets better with wear. Made from 100% cotton, they’re also breathable and perfect for summer, and keep their shape without bagging out like stretchier denim tends to. They offer the perfect balance—not too restrictive or rigid like other denim shorts I’ve tried, but still structured enough to look great all day. (And if short shorts aren’t your thing, their longer version is awesome too.)

cardigan (xs) | shorts (28, also in a longer length) | cami | sandals | bag (also with gold or pink trim)

I like elevating the basic look a bit with accessories like fun shoes and bags. These sandals from Sam Edelman are my latest obsession—I grabbed them as soon as I saw them. They’re super comfortable–the straps are all adjustable for the perfect fit, but there’s a zipper on the back for easy on/off. (Love that!) They’re also on sale for up to 60% off right now but they’re selling fast!

cardigan (xs) | shorts (28, also in a longer length) | cami | sandals | bag (also with gold or pink trim)

This raffia bag is so perfect for summer! While the blue one is currently sold out (fingers crossed for a restock!), the exact bag also comes in gold or pink as well. There’s a convenient crossbody strap as well as a small interior zipper pouch to keep everything neatly organized. (Plus, it’s incredibly lightweight.)

cardigan (xs) | shorts (28, also in a longer length) | cami | bag (also with gold or pink trim)

The Case for Summer Cardigans: With Jeans

Your summers might be super hot and humid so you’ve put away your jeans for awhile…or you live in Marquette where the weather is mid-60s. Either way, you’re going to want these jeans at some point. They’re the perfect combination of wide-leg and flares, without going overboard on either style. They’re the perfect option for keeping your denim silhouette fresh without heading into barrel jean territory. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) 🤣

cardigan (xs) | cami | jeans (28) | sandals | bag

They have an 11 1/2″ front rise and a 14″ back rise (booty coverage!), and the 31″ inseam is almost perfect for me (with heels). They’ve got a hint of stretch so they’re super comfy and I love the not-too-dark, not-too-light wash. These will absolutely be a year-round favorite for me.

cardigan (xs) | cami | jeans (28) | sandals | bag

Given the extra coverage of the jeans, I like layering the cardigan over my go-to Hanro cami (yes, the one I wear with allthethings), and keeping just one button fastened. It not only keeps me cool (literally) but also adds a touch of allure compared to having them all buttoned up and I like the movement it creates.

cardigan (xs) | cami | jeans (28) | sandals | bag

Of course, the shoes and bag are the cherry on top of the outfit sundae. 🤣 These sandals are hands-down my favorites right now…I wanted them last year, but they sold out too fast! This year I snagged them the second they were back in stock.

sandals | bag

The heel is so fun (and under 3 inches!) and the wraparound ankle strap secures with velcro…so I love how easy it is to get these on and off! (They also come in black and silver and there’s a flat version if the heel isn’t your thing!)

cardigan (xs) | bag

And how fun is this bag? Kurt Geiger consistently makes such unique, vibrant designs…I just feel happy when I look at his stuff! I love the details on this one–the scarf on the handle, the pops of color, the tags–it has a detachable crossbody strap as well and although it looks small, it holds everything I need (including my phone!). But if you want a bag to hold all the things, it comes in a larger size as well.

cardigan (xs) | cami | jeans (28) | sandals | bag

Cheers to summer and finding pieces that bring you joy–like the perfect lightweight cardigan and shoes that make you smile!



A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! It’s such a treat to find new favorites, and Nordstrom always has the best selection of go-to denim and fun shoes and bags. (As always, all product choices and opinions are my own.) And readers, thank you SO very much for your continued time and support. It’s appreciated more than you know!

photo credit: j birdie photography

Oh hey, pinners…

It's officially summer -- but that doesn't mean we've shed our long-sleeves completely. This lightweight cardigan is the best piece to wear when you need more coverage.

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