Street Style That Will Make You Rethink The Cardigan

When you think about a cardigan, you probably don’t picture the most glamorous piece of clothing. Instead, what comes to mind may be the beloved Mr. Rogers. You may picture the itchy one your great-aunt got you for your birthday, or that dreaded one your mom made you take with you on your way out the door to the movies, even though you swore you didn’t need it.

But, believe it or not, a cardigan can be quite the showpiece — and it doesn't have to feel corporate. Especially in fall’s transitional weather, it can even double as chic outerwear when styled properly. From daring lengths to bold prints and pocket details, the street style looks ahead will have you rethinking this staple. Read on to get inspired and score your perfect statement cardigan, just in time for fall.

The Cardigan-Jacket Hybrid
This isn't your average loose, shapeless throw-on. Instead, the cardigan-jacket hybrid comes in a thicker knit or jacquard and has a structured, often boxy shape. Play that up by pairing it with a voluminous skirt, and layering with your favorite cashmere sweater and fleecy scarf. Throw on tights and heeled booties, and you're warm without wearing a clunky overcoat.
The Chic Grandpa Cardigan
To put an unexpected twist on this piece, try a knee-length version in a versatile hue, like beige or forest green, or a bold print like the one pictured here. It will add texture and interest to an otherwise all-black look, and offer a solid dose of warmth, too. Just be sure to keep the rest of the outfit, as well as your hair and accessories, sleek and minimal to balance out the chunky statement thrown over your shoulders.

The Maxi Cardigan
Go to great new lengths by trying a cardigan that hits all the way down by your ankles. Not only will you feel like you're getting to wear your bathrobe out of the house — cozy, much? — but it also looks effortlessly chic with statement heels and a simple outfit. Wear a thinner knit on not-so-cold days, or layer a thick cable knit under your full-length coat for serious warmth when winter comes along.
The Front-Pocket Cardigan
Anything with pockets is already a win in our book. But sometimes, cardigan pockets can look bulky and saggy on your sides. A structured version with statement pockets on the front keeps the silhouette super-flattering, especially when topped off with a skinny belt right at the waist. Wear it with equally flattering dark skinny jeans and carry a coordinating oversized clutch to look cozy, comfortable, and put-together.

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