Less serious than a jacket and more pulled together than a simple top, a cardigan layered over your outfit can up your style factor, big time! A cardigan in a modern color and/or silhouette is a quick and easy way to dump the frump and look fabulous in a casual, classy way.
Here’s a look at 7 styles of cardigans that are trending right now.
1. The Grandpa Cardigan
Forget the prim little cardigans we wore in our 20s and 30s. Loose and relaxed is the modern way to go. This wool and camel hair shrunken grandpa cardigan from Leith is a perfect example. I love the gorgeous rust cider color, and the blend of wool and camel hair gives it great texture and will keep you warm this winter. You’ll wear it like crazy with jeans and a t-shirt but consider wearing this grandpa with a silk or jersey dress, the slinkier, the better, for an eye-catching and fashionable juxtaposition.
2. The Statement Sleeve Cardigan
I chose this oversized statement sleeve cardigan sweater for the way it says a lot without being loud. First, I love the cuffed statement sleeves that are on trend without being over-the-top. The scalloped edging is a pretty and unique detail. And the soft heather grey is sophisticated and classy for a gal over 40. This is a great sweater with jeans for the weekend, black pants for the office, or with a summer LBD that’s begging to be transitioned into fall.
3. The Tie Sleeve Cardigan
Long Cardigans are an easy way to add more presence to casual jeans and t-shirt outfit. Isn’t the color of this tie-sleeve cardigan stunning?
It’s a great example of how you can work the lace-up trend over 40 without getting yourself tied up in knots.
4. The Chenille Cardigan
This plush chenille cardigan is much more than your basic cardigan. Do you see how the blouson sleeve ups the style quotient? This is dressy enough for lunch or brunch out but given the super soft chenille; I’m guessing you’ll never want to take it off. Such a pretty color too!
5. The Ruffled Cardigan
I’m always looking for pieces that are versatile and give you more mileage for your fashion dollars. This ruffled cardigan fits the bill. You can easily style this sweater for the weekend with jeans or leggings, a t-shirt and boots or booties.
For work, swap out the jeans for a pencil skirt, and you’re ready to go. Or, if you’re going out to dinner and want a little extra warmth, layer it over the top a slim fitting dress and heeled tall boots.
6. The Embroidered Cardigan
If you’re looking for a classy way to jazz up your solids but are afraid of pattern, this embroidered cardigan is a great option. The embroidered sleeves add visual interest without being overwhelming.
7. The Fringe Cardigan
This faux leather fringe cardigan is a cool piece for the over-40 gal. It is funky, and probably most appealing to those with an artsy fashion personality, but take a closer look. The colors and pattern are sophisticated, and the faux leather fringe adds some nice swing. This is one eye-catching cardigan outfit!