While the hoodie has had its moment in the sun the past few seasons, another cozy fall layer has made its way into the spotlight. The cardigan is making a triumphant return with its geek-chic connotations and easy-on, easy-off wearability.
That said, the style hasn't always been considered the pinnacle of cool, but Gucci's Alessandro Michele, for one, changed that notion. Just like he's made us covet granny glasses, berets, and head-to-toe floral, he's made a case for the enduring charm of the classic cardigan. Whether buttoned up under a blazer, layered over a vintage tee, or even worn solo, it's a versatile option to keep in your sweater rotation as the temps start to drop. We like the idea of leaning into the ultra-preppy vibe with Tory Sport's tennis racket print or Miu Miu's colorful checks, but the clean, modern options—Everlane's square-fit cardi, Topshop's zippered version—are great for everyday wear.
Below, shop 17 picks that will make you reconsider the cardigan.
Pepto pink and perfectly polished.
The ring-pull zipper is a modern touch.
Note the pretty rows of buttons on the cuffs.
The two-tone stripes are graphic yet easy to wear.
Ready-made for power clashing.
Wear this with crisp white or rich burgundy.
The ideal boxy fit.
Try a cropped silhouette with of-the-moment balloon sleeves.
You'll live in this heathered gray knit.
Hope you've been saving up because this Gucci sweater is awfully tempting.
Don't underestimate the importance of perfectly placed pockets.
This swingy cropped cardigan is hand-knit in Bolivia.
Cocoon in this all winter long.
We're swooning over Marc's color palette for fall.
The next best thing to wearing your favorite throw blanket out of the house.
Navy and red is a forever-classic combo.
Up next, read about the six fall pieces you'll be seeing everywhere this season.