10 Cute, Cozy Ways to Style a Cardigan Top, As Seen on Influencers

FYI, there's still a heat-proof way to rock them!
by Em Enriquez for Preview.ph   |  Apr 29, 2022
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The cardigan has come a long way. Thanks to Coco Chanel who popularized it among women in the 1920s, and to Jacquemus for updating its silhouette for the 2020s, the cozy essential has since become quite the ubiquitous piece. Taylor Swift even wrote a song titled after it before going on to create her own version as merchandise for her album Folklore

Though, we know what you may be thinking: cardigans? In this sweltering weather? While we can't contest that the knit piece is usually reserved for the rainy season, or at least air-conditioned affairs, there's still a heat-proof way to rock them.

Enter the cardigan top. Most, if not all, of these tops can still be donned as regular sweaters, but their cropped length makes them wearable on their own. Any ensemble built around them will instantly have that dainty, girl-next-door allure. We assure you, you'll be wanting these cute little pieces in every color and style! For some OOTD ideas to get you inspired, keep scrolling.

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2. Cardigan Top + Bermuda Shorts + Handbag

To hit the update button on your denim cut-offs, try ones in a longer, bermuda style. They add a charming, 2000s-girl-on-the-go oomph to your 'fits, which makes them a great pair of bottoms to wear with cardigan tops. 

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3. Cardigan Top + Crop Top + Mom Jeans + Dad Sneakers + Shoulder Bag

Here's proof that a colorful cardigan top can snazz up any plain OOTD. Wear it open over a simple white top and jeans combo, and slip into a pair of dad shoes for even more '90s flair. This formula will work no matter what design or hue your cardigan is in, we promise!

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4. Cardigan Top + Cropped Polo + Straight-Leg Jeans + Boots

For nights out, layer an ultra-cropped cardigan under a short-sleeved polo for some eye-catching color play. Try pairing analogous hues, or those in varying shades and saturations. To let the duo really shine, put on a low-key pair of denim pants and shoes. 

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5. Cardigan Top + Mini Skirt + Chunky Loafers + Handbag + Beret + Shades

Take your cue from the timelessness of Parisian style and team your cardigan top with a slew of neutral yet chic basics. Loafers give a nod to the academia aesthetic, and a beret incorporates a sophisticated flair you just can't resist (especially if it happens to match with your top).

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6. Cardigan Top + Denim Mini Skirt + Chunky Loafers + Monogram Handbag

Think of this 'fit as a more Y2K, street style-inspired approach to the last one. Go for earthy hues and tote your most statement-making handbag for a really fun coffee or brunch date OOTD.

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7. Cardigan Top + Crop Top + Floral Skirt + Colorful Necklace

If you prefer your 'fits to be on the more vibrant side of things, go all out with the color-blocking via your top and skirt! Incorporate a fun floral print and put on an adorable necklace while you're at it.

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8. Cardigan Top + Colorful Plaid Pants + Mules + Crossbody Bag

The humble cardigan top lends itself to being a supporting character to any eye-catching pair of bottoms. Here's a tip: pick one hue present on your pants and find a top that's in that same color. It'll make your OOTD look effortlessly seamless!

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9. Cardigan Top + Bandeau + Carpenter Jeans + Boots + Handbag

It never hurts to try out a little juxtaposition when it comes to dressing up. Try coupling a dainty white cardigan with a robust pair of black carpenter jeans and boots for a 'fit that really packs a punch.

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10. Cardigan Top + Tank Top + Culottes + Sneakers + Crossbody Bag

A surefire way to look put-together with the least amount of effort is to opt for a monochromatic look. For maximum comfort, get your top in one or two sizes bigger, and pair it with culottes. The result is an easy-breezy OOTD that you can practically lounge in.

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This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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