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Cardigan Outfit Inspiration, No Matter the Season

They're a year-round staple—allow us to prove it.

a model wears a white crop top, a purple orange and yellow grey jacket, a leopard print ripped hem jacket, adidas creamcolor sport pants, outside paco rabanne, during paris fashion week womenswear spring summer 2020
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No matter the season, cardigans are the perfect transitional piece, taking you from chilly spring mornings to breezier summer nights and then back again for fall/winter. As the sun goes down in the summertime and the breeze elicits goosebumps on your skin, you can cover up with a cozy cropped cardigan. For us 9-to-5 folks, office air conditioners are the number one enemy, so you can keep a cardigan on hand to wrap yourself up. And in the cold winter months, you can layer a cardigan over a knit for a double layer of warmth that's both fashionable and functional. Ahead, cardigan outfit ideas for 2021 that are perfect for whatever you have planned.

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Back To School Cool
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Argyle isn't just for the golf course. The tried-and-true cardigan print got an update this season with dainty collars and embellished buttons. Rock yours in an unexpected way: with a sleek pair of leather pants, embellished mules, and a shiny pair of gold hoop earrings.

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Argyle Cardigan
Courtesy of Alessandra Rich
Alessandra Rich mytheresa.com
$1,089.00
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Vinni Straight-Leg Pants
Courtesy of Nanushka
Nanushka saksfifthavenue.com
$395.00
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Embellished Leather Slippers
Courtesy of JW Anderson
JW Anderson mytheresa.com
$551.00
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Baby Samira Hoops
Courtesy of Jennifer Fisher
Jennifer Fisher jenniferfisherjewelry.com
$350.00
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Lean Into Ladylike
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Elevate a sweet-looking bow-adorned cardigan with a poppy skirt, sophisticated slides, and feminine gem heart earrings. This outfit is the perfect ensemble for outdoor gatherings and bridal and baby showers.

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Embellished Cardigan
Courtesy of Self Portrait
Self-Portrait matchesfashion.com
$350.00
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Embroidered Skirt
Courtesy of Zara
ZARA zara.com
$49.90
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Lavina Buckle Mule
Courtesy of Sam Edelman
Lavina samedelman.com
$130.00
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Blue Eden Love Earrings
Courtesy of Saf Safu
SafSafu safsafu.com
€210.00
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Check Please
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Look work appropriate without reading stuffy. Pair an oversized checkered cardigan with a slightly slouchy khaki and smart looking loafers. A cool crossbody bag will serve up function without sacrificing style.

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Cotton Tweed Cardigan
Courtesy of Mango
Mango mango.com
$119.99
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Plated Front Trousers
Courtesy of Raey
Raey matchesfashon.com
$379.00
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Tory Burch Jessa Horse Hardware Loafer
Courtesy of Tory Burch
Tory Burch nordstrom.com
$196.80
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Quilted Mini Duffle Bag
Courtesy of Hozen
Hozen hozencollection.com
$378.00
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Leisure Street
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One thing that's come out of our “new normal” is the influx of luxe loungewear—cardigans included. If you’re tired of wearing sweats, go for a tailored, yet cozy knit set. Trade in your house slippers for a pair of clogs.

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Stella Ribbed Cardigan
Courtesy of Live The Process
Live The Process mytheresa.com
$290.00
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Ribbed Knit Sweatpants
Courtesy of Live The Process
Live The Process mytheresa.com
$290.00
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Matilda Daisies Embroidered Clogs
Courtesy of The Sleeper
The Sleeper the-sleeper.com
$290.00
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Twist Earrings
Courtesy of Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta bottegaveneta.com
$680.00
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Off-Duty Darling
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Timeless and chic, this outfit has a no-brainer formula: a relaxed fit cardigan, jeans that fit to perfection, and a wear-with-anything pair of fisherman sandals.

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The Digby Cardigan
Courtesy of Kule
Kule kule.com
$298.00
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The Isabella Straight Leg Jeans
Courtesy of Khaite
Khaite farfetch.com
$380.00

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Ernest in Espresso
Courtesy of Emme Parsons
Emme Parsons emmeparsons.com
$475.00
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Bandana Print Tote Bag
Courtesy of Arizona Love
Arizona Love farfetch.com
$93.00
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