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16 Ways to Wear Cardigans You’ll Be Obsessed With

by Ursula Sela - Copy Team Lead

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been living in your loungewear for the past 6 months and aren’t ready *just yet* to say goodbye to comfort. Well, you’re (definitely) in luck…We’re here to bring you 16 autumn-approved cardigan outfits, as showcased by everyone’s favourite celebs, that will have you feeling amazing, but will also bring in allll the likes on Insta.

Expect everything from super-nice knit sets that you can wear for movie marathons or coffee runs to layered looks which will keep you cosy in the cold (without losing any style points). Basically, it can’t be ‘loungewear day’ every day, but we can certainly make it feel like one. Take a look and get ready to be #obsessed…

Selena Gomez walking in New York wearing yellow cardigan and jeans

1. Simple and Chic

Keeping your look simple doesn’t have to mean it can’t also be chic. Don’t believe us? Selena Gomez proves that everyday outfits can be anything but boring by offsetting a super-slouchy cardi with a roll-neck topcropped jeans and loafers. Now that’s a cream cardigan outfit we’re going to be channeling from shopping trips and latte catch-ups to chill days at home.

Chrissy Teigen walking in New York wearing grey cardigan

2. All Dressed Up

Don’t let colder days ahead stop you from getting your glam on. Whether you have plans in the diary or you’re just dressing up for you (and Insta, of course), Chrissy Teigen shows us that cardigan outfits can be taken up a notch, too. She pairs her cardi with coated jeans and ultra-fierce stiletto shoe boots. If you try this look, don’t forget your sunglasses when you’re out and about for the full effect.

Justine Skye wearing colourful cardigan on NYFW FW18

3. Make a Statement

Dress code: colourful. If you didn’t think cardis could be worn as tops, then think again, as this is set to trend all season long (and beyond). Zadig Voltaire knows exactly how to channel this trend and she steals the spotlight by taking it to a whole new level in brights that are guaranteed to boost everyone’s mood and a super-sparkly diamanté necklace. Love it as much as we do? Thought so…

Gigi Hadid walking in New York wearing long brown cardigan

4. Styled to the Max

After easy long cardigan outfits that are still (totally) on-trend? Well, the search is over. Gigi Hadid, the queen of wearing looks that say, ‘I made an effort’ but also ‘I didn’t’ has the answer: a neutral maxi cardigan layered over a 30-second maxi dress. Basically, the ultimate model-off-duty uniform.

Bella Hadid in Paris wearing a black cardigan with white t-shirt

5. Smart Casual

Whether you’re working or running errands, you might be after something a little smarter (that’s still comfy and cosy, of course). Like her sister Gigi, Bella Hadid is giving us all those dressed-up-but-without-the-effort vibes by making a move for monochrome. To nail this cardigan outfit, sling a fine-knit option over a simple white T-shirt and you’re good to go. Working from home? Time to switch that webcam on, because this is (definitely) worth showing off.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge wearing black cardigan and red checked skirt

6. Midi Moments

Wondering how to wear a cardigan with your favourite midi skirts when the weather turns chilly? Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect way for you to stay cosy in the cold: button up a slim-fitting piece and add slouchy knee-high boots. We know what you’re thinking, because we’re undoubtedly thinking it too, Kate Middleton’s got style, right?

Claire Foy walking in Los Angeles, wearing white cardigan with jeans

7. Easy Layers

Claire Foy is totally our autumn mood RN. As it’s (almost) impossible to get us out of our loungewear nowadays, when we do need to venture out to stock up on snacks essentials, we want to do it in comfort and style. The best way to do this? In an oversized white cardigan outfit paired with mom jeans (the next best thing after joggers when you’re having a chill day) and easy white trainers. Just add a cross-body bag and you’re good to go.

Olivia Palermo on Miu Miu show, wearing orange cardigan with black jeans

8. 2 is Better than 1

Who knew comfy cardigan outfits could look this chic? Olivia Palermo shows us that 2 is (always) better than 1 by layering a brightly-coloured cardi over a neutral one. Keep the rest of the look understated with wide-leg trousers and sunglasses.

Brittany Xavier wearing lilac cardigan with lilac top and blue jeans

9. Matchy Matchy

Two-piece sets are taking Instagram by storm and we can see why. A fashion power couple, knitted coordinates are set to trend as the perfect take on effortless dressing. Brittany Xavier demonstrates how to style up a set with belted blue jeans, a cute shoulder bag and statement earrings. And when you’re ready to try it out, we hope you’re prepped for all the compliments…

Candela Pelizza wearing camouflage cardigan with a black skirt and sandals

10. Cool in Camo

This just in: cardigan outfits can be cool, too. Want to know how? Cue Candela Pelizza…She takes one of the most classic pairings for autumn/winter, a roll neck top and an oversized knit and gives it a statement twist by going for a camo print cardi. To give the look a little boost? A leather-look skirt and heeled sandals, of course.

Nicky Hilton Rothschild walking in Los Angeles wearing striped multi-coloured cardigan

11. Candy Colours

High-impact tie-dye prints may have soared up our list of fave things to wear this year, but we’ll always have a sweet spot for candy colours. For pastel cardigan outfit inspiration, Nicky Hilton Rothschild serves up the ultimate combo of ice-cream shades with a rainbow stripe cardi paired with light jeans and blue pumps. We’re in love.

Hailey Bieber wearing white oversized cardigan with jeans

12. Half-Tuck It

Popularised by Queer Eye’s Tan France, the half-tuck, or French tuck, has become a trend we’ll definitely be emulating with our knits this autumn/winter. If you don’t already know, the half-tuck is all about tucking your top in at the front and leaving it out at the back. Simple, right? Basically, it’s a super-easy way of adding a high-fashion edge to any outfit. Hailey Bieber’s oversized white cardigan outfit is the perfect example of this.

Sofia Sanchez de Betak wearing long grey cardigan with brown boots

13. Belted with Boots

If you’re not sure about how to style a long cardigan without looking *too* relaxed, then Sofia Sanchez de Betak has the answer. Step one, belt it up. Whether the cardigan comes with a matching belt or you go for a contrasting option, this will add shape to the floaty fit. Top tip: if the knit is thicker, then opt for a chunkier belt, too, so it isn’t hidden by the fabric. Step two, add knee-high boots. They’ll create a streamlined silhouette and stop you getting chilly when the temperature drops.

Hailey Bieber wearing white long cardigan with white dress and white boots

14. Head-to-Tonal

What is tonal dressing, you ask? Well, it’s simply the combination of similar colours in an outfit to give a sleek effect (even if you haven’t tried that hard). Hailey Bieber nails the tonal trend with a mix of textures, so she looks put-together (but not overly-so), by contrasting a fluffy cream cardi with white leather-look boots. Now that’s an Insta-worthy look.

Kendall Jenner wearing cropped white cardigan and white trousers

15. Cropped-N-Cute

Make room oversized fits, crop knits are here to become everyone’s newest favourite. Great for tricky weather, cropped cardigan outfits will keep you looking cool and cosy from sunshine to showers. We suggest offsetting the tight fit with wide-leg trousers like Kendall Jenner.

Ashley Roberts at Global House wearing grey cardigan with grey knitted skirt and white trainers

16. Never Not Comfy

If you ever find yourself questioning how to style a grey cardigan, then look to Ashley Roberts for the answer. Never not comfy and never not cute, this outfit would be ideal for a day on the sofa, working from home or even a brunch with your girls. An outfit that works for (literally) every plan? We’re sold.