Cardigan Outfit Inspiration, No Matter the Season

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

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No matter the season, cardigans are the perfect transitional piece, taking you from chilly spring (opens in new tab) mornings to breezier summer nights (opens in new tab) and then back again for fall/winter. (opens in new tab) 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. (opens in new tab) 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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Argyle isn't just for the golf course. The tried-and-true cardigan print got an update this season with dainty collars and embellished (opens in new tab) buttons. Rock yours in an unexpected way: with a sleek pair of leather pants, embellished mules, and a shiny pair of gold hoop earrings. (opens in new tab)

Lean Into Ladylike

Bow-adorned cardigan with a poppy skirt

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Elevate a sweet-looking bow-adorned cardigan with a poppy skirt (opens in new tab), sophisticated slides (opens in new tab), and feminine gem heart earrings. This outfit is the perfect ensemble for outdoor gatherings and bridal and baby showers.

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Check Cardigan and Skirt

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Look work appropriate without reading stuffy. Pair an oversized checkered cardigan with a slightly slouchy khaki and smart looking loafers (opens in new tab). A cool crossbody bag (opens in new tab) will serve up function without sacrificing style.

Leisure Street

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One thing that's come out of our “new normal” is the influx of luxe loungewear (opens in new tab)—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.

Off-Duty Darling

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Timeless and chic, this outfit has a no-brainer formula: a relaxed fit cardigan, jeans (opens in new tab) that fit to perfection, and a wear-with-anything pair of fisherman sandals.

Shelby Comroe is the Credits Editor and Fashion Assistant at Marie Claire covering all things fashion and giving credit where credit is due. Check her out @shelbycomroe on Instagram if buying designer handbags is your idea of a retirement plan!