The Cozy Grandma Trend That Comes Back in Style Every Fall

There’s no question that we love a good grandma trend here on Who What Wear. From tweed jackets to vintage-inspired blouses and silk headscarves, grandma dressing is having a major moment on the ’gram, with fashion girls sporting sartorial gems that look like they could have been stolen straight from our grannies’ closets. 

Today, we’re turning our focus on the coziest of all grandma trends: cardigans. Whether it’s a chunky cable-knit sweater or a sweet knit with floral embroidery and appliqués, cardigans are a fashion-girl favorite, offering endless styling possibilities. They serve as a chic and practical layering piece, making them a natural staple for fall.

Scroll below as we share some of the coolest cardigan outfits, straight from our favorite fashion girls, and shop our favorites if you’re looking to update your cardigan collection this fall.



A textured, boxy beige cardigan is a perfect accompaniment to plaid pants. 

The duo du jour—a cozy cardigan worn over a vintage-inspired collar blouse is all over Instagram right now. If you want to cheat the look, find a cardigan that already comes with a pretty collar.

Add a luxe touch to your print pants and opt for a cardigan with chic faux-fur accents.

For a luxuriously cozy look, throw on a neutral cardigan over a matching knit bra.

Sweet floral embroidery leans into the grandma trend perfectly. Bonus if the cardigan comes with a matching top.



You can’t go wrong with a fitted cable-knit cardi and a matching knit skirt.



A puff-sleeve cardigan is always a good idea. Team it with a pair of high-waisted denim flares for a charming fall look.

Once the temps start to drop, throw on an oversize chunky cardigan—preferably one that comes with pretty floral embroidery—over a turtleneck. Finish the look with layers of gold chains.



We can’t stop thinking about polo-style cardigans. They add a retro-cool touch to every outfit. Style with a matching pair of knit shorts when you’re cozying up at home.



Amp up your cardigan outfit with statement sparkly shoes. 

Make a statement in an all-purple outfit—don’t forget your grandma purse and pearls.

Look for cardigans with unique details such as pearl buttons. Pair with high-waisted jeans for a French girl–inspired look.



Ribbed knits are trending, and they look seriously chic in a longer body-con silhouette in an autumnal plum hue.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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