17 Cardigans Your Librarian Would Never Wear

It’s no secret that cardigans have a bad rap. Just the mention of them tends to immediately evoke comparisons to grandmothers and librarians, but if you ask this editor, such a feeling is unjust in 2016. Sure, not all cardigans are cool, and some look like they should be in a museum rather than a store, but if you look around, thanks to some of our favorite designers and brands, many of them are not just wearable but actually quite covetable. From Off-White’s zipper-adorned bright blue option to Zara’s simple yet effective version to Gucci’s new take on a classic style, there are countless options that will have you hopping on the cardigan train sooner than you can say Add to Cart.

Naturally, what follows this soliloquy is a roundup of our favorite ones to shop. Get started below!

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Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.