The Best Cardigans to Call On for Sweater Weather

BRB, wrapping myself in cashmere and pretending I'm Nicole Kidman in "Big Little Lies."

 Gabriella Karefa-Johnson in a cardigan
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A cashmere-wrapped Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies, an artfully disheveled Mary-Kate Olsen in an oversized open knit strolling around SoHo with a latte in hand—the best cardigans create powerful style moments and are more than just an as-needed thermal layer. When shopped and styled thoughtfully, they can be one of the best sweaters in your cozy collection. And while not every fall cardigan you own needs to be a scene-stealing number of an HBO Max or It-girl caliber, you should take the style seriously—especially this season's offerings. Contemporary takes on the classic style are trend-informed and run a gamut of aesthetics, catering to both minimal and maximal dressers alike. 

Ahead, dive deep into our edit of trending cardigans for winter 2023-2024, and find some input and styling tips from a few fashion insiders to guide you throughout sweater weather.

What to Look For

When shopping for a classic cardigan, avoid anything that’s too trend-driven. While ultra-cropped and extra-baggy versions have been popular in past seasons, the majority of 2023’s iterations feature clean lines that will keep you warm for seasons to come.

On the runways, a few clear trends emerged. At Christian Dior, cardigans were whispered thin and sometimes adorned with feminine-feeling buttons. At Fendi, they were colorful. At brands like Chanel and Miu Miu, they appeared in muted tones like blush and brown and layered over coordinating tops like the cooler version of a chic Upper East Side grandma—this was subverted at the latter by the inclusion of sheer skirts and briefs and tights rather than trousers. 

Miu Miu Fall Winter 2023 Miu Miu

(Image credit: Miu Miu )

Fendi Fall Winter 2023

(Image credit: Fendi)

Styling a Cardigan

Cardigans are a wardrobe staple for a reason—there are near-endless ways to style them. Oversized and drapey silhouettes can easily be layered over the top of a fall dress for extra warmth, as Etro did. Designers like Anna Sui went matchy-matchy with their styling, pairing printed cardigans with coordinating green tops. Even Bluemarine tried matching styling, opting for duster-style cardigans worn barely buttoned with a low-rise knit trouser-legging hybrid.


(Image credit: Etro)

Anna Sui

(Image credit: Anna. Sui)

The Best Cardigans