Cardigans: History, Trends, Celebrity Styles, and More

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Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan - Green

Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan - Green

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Other Stories Ruffle Knit Cardigan - Black -31%

Other Stories Ruffle Knit Cardigan - Black

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Other Stories Wrap Cardigan - Grey

Other Stories Wrap Cardigan - Grey

£45.00
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Other Stories Wool Blend Pearl Cardigan - Black

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Other Stories Zip Up Cable Knit Cardigan - Grey

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Other Stories Wool Blend Wrap Cardigan - Black

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Other Stories Oversized Rib Knit Cardigan - White

Other Stories Oversized Rib Knit Cardigan - White

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Cardigans: History, Trends, Celebrity Styles, and More

About Cardigans

Cardigans, while simple in design, are a wardrobe staple that’s appropriate for any season. And any girl can grab her favorite cardigan and style it to her own unique sense of style. Serving as a layering piece, a cardigan adds both utility and interest to an outfit – whether you’re dressing for work, the weekend, or date night. Learn more about the cardigan’s history, popular styles, celebrity trends, and more.
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Cardigans, while simple in design, are a wardrobe staple that’s appropriate for any season. And any girl can grab her favorite cardigan and style it to her own unique sense of style. Serving as a layering piece, a cardigan adds both utility and interest to an outfit – whether you’re dressing for work, the weekend, or date night. Learn more about the cardigan’s history, popular styles, celebrity trends, and more.

Cardigan History – From Military Origins to the Modern Cardigan Popularized by Coco Chanel

Named for a British Army Major General, James Brudenell, the 7thEarl of Cardigan, who took part in the Crimean war in the 1850s, the cardigan is modeled after the unique knitted wool waistcoat many British officers were supposed to have worn during that war. It was the legend of the Earl of Cardigan’s Charge of the Light Brigade during the war that led to the garments rise to fame. 

Later, Coco Chanel would bring us the cardigan we know today after getting frustrated with the way tight-necked men’s sweaters would mess up her hair. From the Roaring Twenties to the grunge period of the 1990s to modern day, the cardigan continues to be a wardrobe staple in every woman’s closet.

Cardigan Styles

Today, you can find cardigans in so many fun, modern styles. We’ve put together some of the hottest options that every girl needs. Different styles work for different body types, and they can be styled for many different occasions. 

Try a longline cardigan for a weekend brunch for the girls or add an elegant cropped cardigan to a work outfit and let it show off your waist. No matter your sense of style, you’ll find a cardigan that looks great on you.

Longline Cardigans

Longline cardigans are long – sometimes long enough to reach your knees or your ankles. They often feature large buttons in the front, and you can wear them open or simply button a single button for a fun look. These long cardigans make an excellent substitute for a long coat, and they’re much lighter. 

Wear them over skinny jeans, leggings, or even a body-hugging dress for a long, lean, and warm look.

Snobby Sheep long buttoned cardigan - Black -20%

Snobby Sheep long buttoned cardigan - Black

£434 £347.00
Rick Owens long cardigan - Blue -50%

Rick Owens long cardigan - Blue

£1192 £596.00
Forte Forte hooded longline cardigan - Neutrals -50%

Forte Forte hooded longline cardigan - Neutrals

£596 £298.00
Thom Browne Half-and-half Rib Knit Striped Long Cardigan - Grey

Thom Browne Half-and-half Rib Knit Striped Long Cardigan - Grey

£1,530.00
Thom Browne Long Boxy Cashmere Cardigan - Grey

Thom Browne Long Boxy Cashmere Cardigan - Grey

£2,000.00
Masnada long sheer cardigan - Black

Masnada long sheer cardigan - Black

£751.00
Mansur Gavriel long-sleeve fitted cardigan - White

Mansur Gavriel long-sleeve fitted cardigan - White

£554.00
Fabiana Filippi logo long-sleeve cardigan - White

Fabiana Filippi logo long-sleeve cardigan - White

£760.00
Mes Demoiselles relaxed long cardigan - Brown

Mes Demoiselles relaxed long cardigan - Brown

£328.00
Theory long knit cardigan - Brown

Theory long knit cardigan - Brown

£472.00
Zac Zac Posen Aviva longline cardigan - Black

Zac Zac Posen Aviva longline cardigan - Black

£739.00
Thom Browne Long Boxy Cashmere Cardigan - Blue

Thom Browne Long Boxy Cashmere Cardigan - Blue

£2,000.00
Fabiana Filippi long-sleeve fitted cardigan - White

Fabiana Filippi long-sleeve fitted cardigan - White

£729.00
Lorena Antoniazzi long ribbed cardigan - White

Lorena Antoniazzi long ribbed cardigan - White

£1,132.00
R13 leopard print long cashmere cardigan

R13 leopard print long cashmere cardigan

£1,030.00
Tomorrowland long ribbed-knit cardigan - Black

Tomorrowland long ribbed-knit cardigan - Black

£275.00
Rick Owens longline cardigan - Black

Rick Owens longline cardigan - Black

£621.00
Gianluca Capannolo check patterned long cardigan - Red

Gianluca Capannolo check patterned long cardigan - Red

£784.00

Cropped Cardigans

Cropped cardigans usually reach to right above the waist, and they’re often made of thinner materials. Although some may feature buttons, they’re designed to be left open. While you should avoid wearing cropped cardigans with long tops, they do look great with high-waisted skirts, high-waisted pants, and fit-and-flare dresses. Keep the length of the cardigan above your waistband so it draws attention to your waist.

PrettyLittleThing Camel Cable Cropped Cardigan

PrettyLittleThing Camel Cable Cropped Cardigan

$32.00

Wrap Cardigans

Wrap cardigans offer an elegant, sleek look because they don’t have any buttons that can add bulk around the waist or stomach. Their draped texture adds a feminine touch to an outfit. 

Wear it with a belt to make it look polished and chic or simply wear it open for a streamlined effect. Just make sure you keep layers beneath the cardigan lightweight to avoid adding bulk.

Oversized Cardigans 

Oversized cardigans are perfect for cooler weather. They’ll keep you comfortably cozy while still looking stylish. The trick to wearing an oversized cardigan is to make sure it’s the right shape and not too oversized. 

Look for an option that’s slightly oversized and that offers a nice shape, so you look polished instead of sloppy. Going with an oversized cardigan also means you’ll probably want to pair it up with a form-fitting outfit. This includes leggings, skinny jeans, slim skirts, and body-hugging dresses.

Marni cashmere oversized cardigan - Blue

Marni cashmere oversized cardigan - Blue

£800.00
MSGM oversized logo cardigan - White

MSGM oversized logo cardigan - White

£450.00
Emilio Pucci oversized cashmere cardigan - Yellow -45%

Emilio Pucci oversized cashmere cardigan - Yellow

£2028 £1,116.00
Etro printed cardi coat - Black

Etro printed cardi coat - Black

£1,580.00
Maison Margiela oversized cardigan - Brown

Maison Margiela oversized cardigan - Brown

£585.00
Mm6 Maison Margiela oversized cardigan - Purple

Mm6 Maison Margiela oversized cardigan - Purple

£808.00
Roberto Collina oversized long-sleeve cardigan - Purple

Roberto Collina oversized long-sleeve cardigan - Purple

£362.00
Gucci Embroidered oversize knitted cardigan

Gucci Embroidered oversize knitted cardigan

£1,350.00
3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Striped Cardigan - Black

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Striped Cardigan - Black

£530.00
Dsquared2 oversized chunky knit cardigan

Dsquared2 oversized chunky knit cardigan

£710.00
Acne Studios oversized cardigan - Black

Acne Studios oversized cardigan - Black

£320.00
Prada oversized knitted cardigan - Blue

Prada oversized knitted cardigan - Blue

£735.00
Fabiana Filippi oversized shawl cardigan - Neutrals

Fabiana Filippi oversized shawl cardigan - Neutrals

£535.00
Miu Miu leopard oversized cardigan - Pink

Miu Miu leopard oversized cardigan - Pink

£1,060.00
Miu Miu embellished oversized cardigan - Black

Miu Miu embellished oversized cardigan - Black

£1,245.00
Saint Laurent oversized knitted cardigan - Black

Saint Laurent oversized knitted cardigan - Black

£1,380.00
Brunello Cucinelli oversized slogan back cardigan - Grey

Brunello Cucinelli oversized slogan back cardigan - Grey

£3,793.00
Stella McCartney patchwork oversized cardigan - Neutrals

Stella McCartney patchwork oversized cardigan - Neutrals

£925.00

Shrug Cardigans

A shrug cardigan simply shrugs right onto your shoulders, and in many cases, they don’t have any buttons. Some are very short like a cropped cardigan, and they come in materials from cashmere to lace. Shrugs are the perfect choice if you want something small to add a little more coverage to a dress you’re wearing. They also look great worn dressed down and worn over jeans and a t-shirt.

Cardigan Details

Open Front Cardigans

Open front cardigans don’t have any buttons or hooks in the front, so they feature draping hemlines that are similar to wrap cardigans. They look perfect over tank tops, t-shirts, skinny jeans, and even slim A-line skirts.

Cardigans: History, Trends, Celebrity Styles, and More

Patch Pocket Cardigans

Many cardigans don’t have pockets, so patch pocket cardigans are a great option if you like having a place to stash cash, credit cards, or your keys. Toss on a longer one instead of a coat or throw on a casual one for a day of shopping or brunch with the girls. 

¾ Sleeve Cardigans

Just because the weather gets warmer doesn’t mean you have to give up your cardigans. With ¾ sleeve cardigans, you get a short sleeve that’s a bit cooler than the long sleeve options. It’s a great option if you don’t like long sleeves you’re going for a look that works better for spring and summer.

Shoptiques Cropped Cardigan -30%

Shoptiques Cropped Cardigan

$50 $35.00

Zip Up Cardigans 

Zip up cardigans featured a zippered front, and they may include pockets as well. They make a great substitute for a jacket. While they look perfect with a pair of jeans, they’ll also go well with dressy trousers or a slim skirt for work.

Button Down Cardigans

Button down cardigans feature buttons down the front, and they’re often thought of as the “classic” cardigan. A button down cardigan in a neutral color is an exceptionally versatile staple to add to your closet, allowing you to create a variety of looks, ranging from elegant to casual.

Wool Cardigans

Wool cardigans are toasty warm choices for the colder months. Wool has come such a long way that you can find impressively tailored wool cardigans that are work-friendly or laid-back enough for a simple weekend shopping trip.

Gucci Merino wool knit cardigan - White

Gucci Merino wool knit cardigan - White

£670.00
Burberry Vintage Check Detail Merino Wool Cardigan - Grey

Burberry Vintage Check Detail Merino Wool Cardigan - Grey

£270.00
Thom Browne Merino Wool Navy Cardigan - Blue

Thom Browne Merino Wool Navy Cardigan - Blue

£880.00
Burberry Lambskin Pocket Merino Wool Cardigan - Brown

Burberry Lambskin Pocket Merino Wool Cardigan - Brown

£590.00
Gucci contrast trim check wool cardigan

Gucci contrast trim check wool cardigan

£1,600.00
Burberry Monogram Print Scarf Detail Wool Cardigan - Neutrals

Burberry Monogram Print Scarf Detail Wool Cardigan - Neutrals

£730.00
Dolce & Gabbana FX138ZJAMZT S9000 Wool or fine animal

Dolce & Gabbana FX138ZJAMZT S9000 Wool or fine animal

£1,500.00
Gucci Merino wool knitted cardigan - Blue

Gucci Merino wool knitted cardigan - Blue

£670.00
Thom Browne Rwb Cuff Oversized Merino Cardigan - Blue

Thom Browne Rwb Cuff Oversized Merino Cardigan - Blue

£1,300.00
Thom Browne Rwb Cuff Oversized Merino Cardigan - White

Thom Browne Rwb Cuff Oversized Merino Cardigan - White

£1,300.00
Thom Browne Milano Stitch V-Neck Merino Cardigan - White

Thom Browne Milano Stitch V-Neck Merino Cardigan - White

£1,100.00
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini animal pattern wool cardigan - Grey

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini animal pattern wool cardigan - Grey

£540.00
Burberry Monogram Print Merino Wool Cardigan - Brown

Burberry Monogram Print Merino Wool Cardigan - Brown

£440.00
Gucci Wool cardigan with GG jacquard cherries - Purple

Gucci Wool cardigan with GG jacquard cherries - Purple

£1,800.00
Gucci Wool cardigan with GG motif - Black

Gucci Wool cardigan with GG motif - Black

£1,150.00
Loewe Fringe Knit Wool Cardigan

Loewe Fringe Knit Wool Cardigan

£1,250.00
Thom Browne Grosgrain Cuff Wool Cardigan - Grey

Thom Browne Grosgrain Cuff Wool Cardigan - Grey

£1,130.00
Burberry Vintage Check Detail Merino Wool Cardigan - A1420

Burberry Vintage Check Detail Merino Wool Cardigan - A1420

£309.00

Cashmere Cardigans 

Cashmere, a non-itchy, soft type of wool that comes from cashmere or pashmina goats, is actually much softer and finer than sheep’s wool. The feather-light, silken fabric feels fantastic against your skin, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a cardigan that combines elegance and luxurious comfort. 

Cashmere cardigans are timeless classics that you can use to elevate any outfit in your closet. 

Latest Cardigan Trends

Cardigans are on-trend right now – they’ve been all over the recent runways (both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter). One significant trend right now is the popcorn cardigan, with a textured, popcorn appearance that adds interest to any outfit. 

Embellished cardigans have also been seen on the runways with tulle, embroidery, and other over-the-top embellishments. Adding a belt to an open cardigan is stylish right now, too. 

Grab a belt in a similar hue as your cardigan and belt it in to define your waist. As the ‘90s styles become popular again, oversized cardigans are seeing a comeback right now, as well.

Top Cardigan Brands 

Whether you want to add cardigans in luxury brands to your wardrobe, or you’re currently interested in affordable brands that fit your clothing budget – we’ve got them both. Look for your favorite cardigan styles and then choose the brands you love.

Luxury Brands

SHEIN Lace Embroidered Open Front Cardigan

SHEIN Lace Embroidered Open Front Cardigan

$12.00

Making a wardrobe investment and love your luxury brands? We’ve got cardigans in the hottest brands, including: 

Affordable Brands

Want great styles without spending a lot of money? Affordable brands offer great ways to try out new trends before making a big investment. Top affordable brands include: 

Brands You Should Know 

Mid-tier brands that every fashion girl should know include:

Cardigans in Pop Culture/Celebrities 

Although cardigans often get a bad rap for being all prim and proper, these preppy sweaters are actually versatile layering pieces loved by many celebrities. One fan of the cardigan is Amal Clooney, whose impeccable style is known across the world. She’s paired a short-sleeve, slim cut, black cardigan with tailored white trousers, giving it a modern, sophisticated look. 

Celebrities love pairing cardigans with dresses, too. From Taylor Swift to Zooey Deschanel, stars love wearing them with full skirted dresses or even pairing long textured cardigans with fitted mini-dresses. Models and actresses often pair them with flared jeans, simple neutral slacks, or mixing oversized cardigans with black skinnies. 

A Wardrobe Staple for Any Season 

If a cardigan only brings to mind the prim and proper Sandy Olsson (pre-makeover) in the movie Grease, it’s time to catch up with the latest, modern trends in cardigans. The versatility of these fun sweaters makes them a staple you’ll definitely want to add to your closet. 

From heavy longline cardigans for the colder months to light, cropped options that are perfect for wearing with a summer dress, there’s a cardigan for every season. Cardigans have been around for more than a century, and they’re going to be a popular fashion choice for years to come. 

Other Stories Belted Cardigan - Orange -70%

Other Stories Belted Cardigan - Orange

£79 £24.00
Other Stories Belted V-Neck Cotton Cardigan - White -31%

Other Stories Belted V-Neck Cotton Cardigan - White

£59 £41.00
Other Stories Cropped Cardigan - Beige -45%

Other Stories Cropped Cardigan - Beige

£120 £66.00
Other Stories Cotton Crochet Short Sleeve Cardigan - White

Other Stories Cotton Crochet Short Sleeve Cardigan - White

£49.00
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Other Stories Cotton Blend Ribbed Cardigan - Blue

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Other Stories Wrap Cardigan - Beige

Other Stories Wrap Cardigan - Beige

£45.00
Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan - Yellow

Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan - Yellow

£85.00
Other Stories Bobble Pattern Wool Blend Cardigan - White

Other Stories Bobble Pattern Wool Blend Cardigan - White

£95.00
Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan - Purple

Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan - Purple

£85.00
Other Stories Alpaca Blend Puff Sleeve Cardigan - Beige

Other Stories Alpaca Blend Puff Sleeve Cardigan - Beige

£85.00
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Other Stories High Neck Cotton Blend Cardigan - Black

£69.00
MANGO Cotton crochet cardigan

MANGO Cotton crochet cardigan

£35.99
New Look Black Jersey Cardigan

New Look Black Jersey Cardigan

£12.99
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New Look Pale Yellow Popper Front Cardigan

£6.00
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New Look Camel Button Up Midi Cardigan

£17.24
New Look Off White Knit Patch Pocket Cardigan

New Look Off White Knit Patch Pocket Cardigan

£19.99
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