Here's a fact: When it comes to layers and knits, cardigans get the short end of the stick. Sure, they've always been good for lazy days dedicated to binge-watching KUWTK on the couch or keeping draped over your office chair just in case the central air is on blast for no reason. But as for the last time the cardigan was actually considered cool? You can pinpoint that to sometime back in the '90s, when they were worn oversized in a messy, grungy kind of way.
Thankfully though, both for them and my spring look, I'm here to argue that the tides are changing for the good old cardigan. And considering that Balenciaga, Prada, Gucci and Christopher Kane have been pushing the style down the runway and straight to an e-comm giant near you steadily over the last few seasons, I really don't have to do much arguing at all.
Styling the cardigan is still just as easy as when you wore them on the regular to middle school, so don't get worried. Throw an oversized style over a pair of straight-leg or boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt with a cute sandal, or wear one tucked into your trousers or jeans in place of a blouse à la Alexa Chung and Instagram favorite Anne-Laure Mais. Whenever real spring weather kicks in and jackets start to stay at home, there's a high probability that the latter look will infiltrate your Instagram feed.
With brands like Simon Miller and Ganni getting in on the action, the cardigan has trickled down from the catwalk through the contemporary space and all the way to your local J.Crew. The options appear seemingly endless and far from boring — think less plain and neutral and more asymmetrical cuts, funky buttons and bright colors, a.k.a. the best things.
Ahead, shop 20 of our favorite options available right now, and welcome the cardigan back with open arms.
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