27 excellent cardigans

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I love a good cardi this time of year, because they’re so easy to layer with, and can be dressed up or down, depending on the sweater in question and your mood. I’d wear this boxy wool number with a scoopneck white tee.

 

Everlane’s cropped alpaca sweater is a great buy, and I’m very tempted to go for it.

Here’s a grey sweater from Madewell that’s so classic you could wear it with just about anything.

This recycled cashmere sweater comes in a few good colors, but I’m partial to this deep navy.

I’m not usually just crazy for a shawl collar, but I really like it here.

Here’s a wool and cashmere number that’s just a really good buy.

The pops of color on this cashmere sweater from Kule are so fun, yet there’s something really sophisticated about it too.

This ribbed skinny cardigan would be aces with a flowy skirt.

I like the big front patch pockets on this alpaca sweater.

A very luxe cashmere option from Jenny Kayne that gets all the little details exactly right.

A poppy orange cardigan like this is just the type of item we all need in our closets when winter doldrums really set in.

The color combination on this striped cashmere sweater is just so excellently happy. I really might have to buy it.

A brushed wool sweater that feels very grunge-era to me.

For those of you who like a longer cardigan, here’s a good open-front cashmere option.

This ribbed cashmere cardi is satisfyingly chunky, but not the least bit bulky.

 

Isn’t this Play Comme des Garcons sweater just so sweet?

I think this simple ring-neck cardi would be good to layer over dresses, and comes in a number of good colors.

An appealingly rustic Fair Isle option.

I like the side-buttons, cool blue-ish grey, and graceful draping on this Universal Standard sweater.

I’d fasten this big yellow sweater with an oversized safety pin like this.

This well-priced sweater looks really cozy.

I like the multicolored yarn deployed to make this chunky option. I also like that it looks hand-knit.

I also really want this wool and alpaca number: the army green is so good, and versatile.

The detailing at the collar and wrists of this A.P.C. sweater is a really nice touch.

A big, long Isabel Marant Etoile sweater that’s nicely marked down.

And finally: how desperately cozy does this look?

 

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13 Thoughts on 27 excellent cardigans
    Kimbersam
    4 Dec 2019
    9:27am

    Ok, you got me. That fantastic leopard fuzzy sweater forced my hand, and while I was on the site I picked up a cardigan w/ pineapples on it, I had been eyeing. Kim France, you are a dangerous woman! 🙂

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      Kathi
      4 Dec 2019
      1:00pm

      What is the link to that cardigan with pineapples? I was unable to find it on the site. Thanks!!

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    c.w.
    4 Dec 2019
    8:51am

    Dang! I’ve been longing for a boxy heavy duty cardigan and must say you’ve nailed it again, Kim. Those first two are going to be impossible to resist!

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    Robin
    4 Dec 2019
    8:22am

    I LOVE this post. Yesterday I bought a Jenni Kayne cardigan from the Jenni Kayne site. Besides the Nordstrom points that I just lost, are there any specific benefits/drawbacks from buying from the designer site vs. Nordstrom’s? I actually want to support companies like Jenni Kayne, but would prefer to balance my enthusiasm for lovely knitwear with cash back from rewards programs!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    4 Dec 2019
    11:25pm

    I’ve been seriously enamored of everything Jenni Kayne has been putting out, so much so, that I caved during the F&F sale and spent more than I ever have on a sweater (Damned Afterpay!) and bought the wool & alpaca army green cardi. It’s gorgeous, cozy and soft. Non, je ne regrette rien. *Kim, have you ever explained the significance of the number 27 to you? i.e. 27 excellent cardigans, 27 Spiffy trousers, 27 Grown-up Dresses? Or is it just a cosmic coincidence?

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    Karin
    4 Dec 2019
    6:56pm

    in the late 80s I got rid of 3 vintage wool “grandpa” cardigans and I regret it to this day…you can’t find a good quality cardigan anymore. I’ve paid $100-plus and the things still have holes / pills within weeks. GRRR! They don’t make em like they used to! Anyway, thanks for reminding me of my 3 beloved former cardigans!

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    Stephanie
    4 Dec 2019
    3:21pm

    Gotta say I’ve had that Madewell cardigan in regular rotation for about 5 winters now and it shows zero signs of wear and tear. No pills, no sagging. I have it in gray and a dark red. They’re the old faithfuls of my winter closet.

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      Stephanie
      4 Dec 2019
      3:30pm

      Oops. My Madewell cardigans are 100% wool and more traditionally cut so not the one pictured here. My bad. Delete post…

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    Kathi
    4 Dec 2019
    1:06pm

    I am a cardi-aholic, in fact I just downsized my collection this past fall. With so many excellent choices above (I’m looking at you brushed wool leopard print with snap closures), I may have to re-up my inventory. Fantabulous post, Kim.

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    Joannawnyc
    4 Dec 2019
    1:20pm

    Cardigans as shirts, y/n?

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      suz
      5 Dec 2019
      3:27pm

      Depends on how itchy you care to be? I like the look but ….

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      Kate K.
      6 Dec 2019
      12:12pm

      I vote yes! Sometimes wear a thin shirt under in case there’s any gapping.

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      Maureen
      5 Dec 2019
      10:37am

      I think yes. I am going to try to emulate the look in the & other stories picture (camisole, cardigan, layered necklaces) on my next date. Cozy, warm and cute = my dating/life agenda in the winter.

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