Trends/ Fashion / 11 May, 2024

Your Ultimate Guide to Styling Cardigans in the Summer


fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a black cardigan and white jean from nordstrom

As summer heats up, it’s easy to focus on dresses and sandals. But let’s not forget about the unsung hero of summer fashion – the cardigan! It’s not just for chilly offices anymore. Celebrity style icons are rocking cardigans in unexpected ways, and I’ve been getting so inspired to fall back on this tried-and-true staple. Today’s cardigans are all about easy-breezy style. Plus, brands like Farm Rio and Staud have nailed the art of designing pieces that go from beach to brunch without missing a beat. And if you’re wondering where to find these summer essentials, Nordstrom is obviously a foolproof choice. With a range of cardis at different price points, you’ll find everything you need to stay cool and stylish. So, whether you’re lounging by the pool or hitting up a rooftop party, try one of my favorite looks below!

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a black cardigan and mother white denim from nordstrom

With Wide Leg Jeans

Wide leg jeans are one summer’s hottest denim trends right now. The flowy cut can be tricky work with, especially if you’re petite – but I find that cardigans are the perfect match for them. Whether you prefer classic neutrals or trendy pops of color, a fitted cardigan always looks put together with wide leg bottoms, like this.

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing wide leg white denim by mother

Try an Open Knit Style

For a boho-chic vibe, opt for an open knit cardigan that adds texture and visual interest to your look. They provide the perfect balance of laid-back elegance, ideal for layering over your favorite summer dresses or casual separates.

fashion blogger wearing a black knit set from nordstrom

As a Matching Set

I also love cardigans in the form of a matching set. The result is cohesive and effortlessly stylish. I just picked up this Good American set (here and here) from Nordstrom – and it’s already become one of my favorite everyday outfits. You can also shop matching cardigans and camisoles to pair with denim, trousers and more!

fashion blogger mia mia mine wearing a black cardigan and skirt by good american

Rock a Stripe Cardigan & Skirt Combo

A stripe cardigan paired with a denim skirt is incredibly classic yet fashion-forward outfit right now. Nordstrom’s selection of stripe cardigans span across versatile options, from bold and colorful stripes to classic monochrome patterns. There’s no end to how you can style them!

Layered Over a Dress

Cardigans are, of course, the ultimate layering piece. Use them to add a layer of sophistication to your summer dresses. I prefer cropped styles for maxi dresses and oversized fits for a laid-back vibe with mini dresses.


xo, Maria

Outfit Details (1)

Good American Ribbed Cardigan (wearing an XS)
Mother Frayed Hem Wide Leg Jeans (wearing a 24)
Prada Slingback Pumps (size down by 1/2)
Saint Laurent Le 5 à 7 Hobo Bag
Saint Laurent Blaze Sunglasses

Outfit Details (2)

Good American Ribbed Cardigan (wearing an XS)
Good American Ribbed Midi Skirt (wearing an XS)
Prada Slingback Pumps (size down by 1/2)
Bottega Veneta Jodie Mini Bag
White Cat-Eye Sunglasses (similar)

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom.

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