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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Cardigan Top + Distressed Denim Shorts
This is probably one of the most tropical climate-friendly ways to rock a cardigan top. Team it with your ever-so-reliable distressed denim shorts and white sneakers for a fuss-free look on those "got-nothing-to-wear" days.Continue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
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.Continue reading below ↓
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!Continue reading below ↓
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.Continue reading below ↓
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).Continue reading below ↓
Cardigan Top + Denim Mini Skirt + Chunky Loafers + Monogram Handbag
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.Continue reading below ↓
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!Continue reading below ↓
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.Continue reading below ↓
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.Continue reading below ↓
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