It was a long road, but we've made it: Welcome to the official start of cardi season. Before you start thinking about the thick, chunky cardigans everyone typically gravitates toward at the start of fall, this here is a bit different. We're finally at the point in spring when the temperature varies drastically between the time you leave the house and the time the sun goes down. Basically, the weather is indecisive AF, so that's where a lightweight cardigan comes in. Consider it akin to a summer jacket—appropriate for every stage of wacky spring weather that comes your way.
Lately, thinner cardigans have been making big waves on our feeds, where we've noticed them styled several different ways—whether draped over the shoulders, paired in a matching set, or (our favorite way) simply worn buttoned up as a top. There's plenty of versatility with this piece, which is why it's become such an essential as I beef up my spring wardrobe. Maybe you're looking to update your closet with a timeless basic or you just want to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. Either way, scroll below to shop the 29 lightweight cardigans that get the fashion-editor seal of approval.