Cardigans are one of my absolute favorite pieces to wear in the winter, so I was stoked when they became a huge trend last year. They’re not only comfy and cozy but look great layered over anything. I also love how they come in a variety of shapes and sizes that offer endless styling options for an entire season. At the end of the day, you can always rely on a cozy cardigan to keep you warm whether you’re headed to work or need a cool weekend look. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with this super chunky knit, but there are many other chic styles that range from duster cardigans to cropped, 90’s-inspired pieces. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to style this winter essential!
GRLFRND Chunky Cardigan (similar here and here) | Balmain Tee (wearing an XS, better for budget here) | Express Faux Leather Pants (under $30! wearing a 00) | Prada Cahier Bag | Revolve Raye Camel Booties | Givenchy Sunglasses
1. Break up an all-black outfit
I tend to wear a lot of black outfits in the winter and will usually rely on a different-colored cardigan to break it up. The soft, knit texture does a great job softening more urban pieces like leather joggers, graphic t-shirts, and hoodies.
GRLFRND Chunky Cardigan (wearing an XS/S) | Topshop Gray Denim (size up) | Similar Bodysuit | Gianvito Rossi Heels (better for budget here) | Saint Laurent Envelope Bag | Tom Ford Sunglasses (better for budget here)
2. Layer over a bodysuit and high-waisted jeans
When I want to dress down a fitted ensemble, I’ll usually swap out my go-to jacket for a chunky cardigan. A neutral color with a shawl collar is the most versatile for this type of outfit because it’s doesn’t hold a structured shape and looks really effortless.
Gucci Belt (in pink color, also here and here) | Similar Line & Dot Cardigan | CAMI NYC Tank (wearing an XS) | Similar Levi’s Denim (wearing a 24) | Cloverpost Medallion Necklace | Chloé Nile Bag (small in beige color) | Christian Louboutin So Kate Heels (also love these)
3. Pair with a lace cami
My go-to outfit combo for a casual day is a camisole with ripped jeans and a cozy cardigan. It’s the perfect way to layer up and still look chic. Like most girls, I’m always freezing, so I always have one on hand to throw on. A looser, oversized fit is my favorite so it fits comfortably over long sleeves.
Similar Gray Cardigan (wearing an XS, budget version here and here) | CamiNYC White Lace Cami (wearing an XS, budget version here) | Superdown Faux Leather Skirt (wearing an XS) | Flat Top Sunglasses | Givenchy Antigona Bag (medium size, smooth version) | Gianvito Rossi Grey Suede Heels (better for budget here)
4. Mix with luxe textures
Nothing says cozy more than luxe textures mixed together – plus, it makes for a more interesting look. I’ll often mix a fluffy cardigan over rich fabrics, like silk and leather, then throw on some suede pumps. The final result is always elegant, chic, and put-together.
Similar Topshop Cardigan (wearing a US 4 for an oversized fit) | Similar Lace Bodysuit (wearing a US 2) | Similar Tophop Scarf | Topshop Black Denim (size up) | Christian Louboutin Black Heels | Givenchy Antigona Bag | Saint Laurent Sunglasses
5. Wear it buttoned up & pulled off the shoulder
A cozy, cropped cardigan is the perfect alternative to your typical pullover sweater. I’ll often size up for a looser fit, then fasten a few buttons and pull it off the shoulders for a sexy, feminine touch. You can pair this top with your favorite lace bralette, skinny jeans, and a few winter accessories.
Similar Revolve Cardigan (wearing an XS) | Free People Button Down (wearing an XS) | GRLFRND Denim (wearing a 23 – size down) | DeMellier Bag (in ‘Tan Smooth’ color) | Celine Sunglasses (better for budget here) | Christian Louboutin Calf Hair Leopard Heels (better for budget here)
6. Layer it over a tucked-in cardigan
So many fashion girls are tucking a fitted cardigan into their jeans, and I’m totally loving the French vibe. You can take this combination to the next level by throwing a chunky cardigan on top like I did above. It looks even more cozy – and is super practical if you don’t feel like wearing a heavy coat.
Topshop Camel Coat (sold out, similar here, here and here) | Gucci Belt (wearing a size 70 – read my “Gucci Belt Sizing Guide” HERE) | Free People Tunic (wearing an XS) | Gucci Bag (similar here) | Celine Sunglasses | Stuart Weitzman Over-The-Knee Boots (run TTS)
7. Belt it over a dress
You guys know how much I love belting a coat or blazer over my outfits. Well, this small styling trick words for longer cardigans too. Whether you’re wearing a slip dress or tunic sweater, a longline sweater layered on top and nipped at the waist always looks so chic and classic.