Nothing says fall like a great cardigan, and as we proceed toward icier and icier temps, there is something so comforting about the warm embrace of the right one. Whether you’re into slouchy, fitted, cropped, lengthy, cashmere, or cotton, there’s one for every gal — and every outfit, at every budget, this season. Let’s explore.
Don’t let the name, or the fact that your teenage daughter shops here, deter you. Nasty Gal has some seriously chic offerings this fall and no one has to know where you nabbed yours. At only $68, this two-tone Cynthia cardigan is an easy pick for work or play. The draped design is ultra-flattering, while peek-a-boo elbow windows lend something extra. This is one to keep at the front of the closet, because you’ll be wearing it constantly.
If you don’t already have a basic J. Crew cardigan in your collection, now is the time. With their current sale offering 25% off, you’re scoring an $85 piece for $68. Some colors are even cheaper, so sift through to find your favorite. These are a great option for those of us who like to appear buttoned-up, and pair perfectly with a blouse or simple work top and a pencil skirt, or over your basic, everyday sheath. But don’t shy away from rocking it on the weekend, or even with a cocktail dress for a work party. Tippi merino wool cardigan; 16 color options available in sizes XXS-XXL.
Solids are great, but mixing in a fun pattern with your cardigan is an instant outfit elevator. I love a windowpane, houndstooth, or chevron to really bring some pep to the step. This winter-ready style from Nic+Zoe is fun yet sensible, and since it features a muted, classic color palette, it’s easy to add in with many outfit options from slacks and a colorful top to jeans and white tee. Choose olive or gray; now on sale for $131 at Lord & Taylor.
Borrow from the boys with a look that’s both college professor-esque and flattering. We can’t get enough of Madewell’s Boxy Jonah cardigan in a soft heather gray with leather elbow patches. Perfect for cuddling up with the kiddos, but just as easily dressed up to leave the house, this is a score for any stylish mom. And it’s 100% wool for that perfect cozy touch. $110, ShopBop.