While boyfriend cardigans rarely make a season's top-ten must-have list, they're basically the unsung hero of every stylish girl's wardrobe. The perfect transitional piece, they help you glide through those awkward times as the seasons shift.The Inspiration
We think Jessica Hart got it just right when she was photographed in New York last month wearing a chic cardigan-accented outfit. Hart's classic navy J.Crew Collection Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan ($178) in Navy, casually unbuttoned over a vintage tailored oxford shirt and vintage accordion pleat midi, is a nod to that insouciant prep school style. Hart balances the look by accessorizing with industrial accents, such as chunky silver rings and bracelets.
If you're inspired to copy Hart's cardi style, simply read on for our must-have picks!
girl. by Band of Outsiders Embellished Wool and Alpaca-Blend Cardigan ($340)
Studded with rows of pearls, this cardigan makes it easy to channel Upper East Side elegance. You can balance the ladylike vibe with the new cropped mom jean and a messy updo.
Yellow Bird Adorned Hem Cardigan ($98)
A ruffled hem and sheer back give this basic cardi an unexpectedly sweet spin.
J. Crew Collection Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan ($178) in Navy
This light-as-air cardigan is the perfect cover-up for cool summer nights. Slip it on over your favorite silk dress and come fall, just add riding boots and a cable knit scarf!
Style It With/A Skirt
Balance out your cardigan's solid-colored hue with a vividly patterned skirt. We love the multicolored print and narrow knife pleats on Wren's Glass Plaid Skirt ($275).
Style It With/A Shirt
To avoid extra bulk, layer your cardi over a tissue thin button-down. Elizabeth and James' semi-sheer Amie Striped Cotton-Gauze Shirt ($245) does the trick!
Style It With/Accessories
Though Hart styles her outfit with flat sandals, we think Frye's Erin Oxfords ($168) in Grey are the perfect segue into fall footwear. Combined with a cardigan, the lace-up shoes elicit an enviable borrowed-from-the-boyfriend vibe. Finish off your ensemble with Low Luv x Erin Wasson's Faceless Watch ($180), which can easily double as a cuff.--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Jessica Hart, courtesy of Star Traks Photo.