The "Boring" Basic I Lowkey Need In My Closet Immediately

Kristen Nichols
·3 min read

With the rise of the comfy wardrobe, we’ve seen the resurgence of some “boring” basics. Among them, button-down tops, slouchy pants, and leggings, which have worked their way back into the outfits of fashion people in a major way throughout 2020 and 2021. Another piece that has been bubbling up more recently? Black cardigans. While the staple might sound anything but exciting, it’s been spotted on the recent runways at Jacquemus and Altuzarra, which always means it's something to keep your eye on. Plus, it's been a key piece in the cool outfits on Instagram that have been on my radar recently.

The trick to pulling one off? It all comes down to the styling. Whether wearing tucked into jeans with a blazer layered on top, or with a pair of micro hot pants, the sky’s the limit. Ahead, I’m highlighting some of the best black cardigan outfit ideas to get you inspired. These are certainly making me rethink how to wear the closet basic.

Styling tip: Tuck the cardigan into jeans and layer a plaid blazer on top. Then, add a pair of loafers to finish the look.

Shop the look:

Mango Modal-Blend Knit Cardigan ($20)

H&M Double-Breasted Bouclé Jacket ($50)

Styling tip: Dress up bike shorts with a tissue-thin cardigan, polished heels, and a crossbody bag for an outfit that is cozy and incredibly chic.

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Mango Metallic Finish Cardigan ($30)

Girlfriend Collective High Rise Bike Shorts ($48)

Styling tip: Keep only the cardigan's top buttons fastened and the rest undone. Then, pair it with classic jeans and gold jewelry.

Shop the look:

H&M Rib-Knit Cardigan ($20)

Agolde Lana Low Rise Vintage Straight Jeans ($188)

Styling tip: Liven up a standard cardigan with a pair of hot shorts and printed tights. This is a look I wouldn't have come up with on my own but can't stop thinking about it.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Bouclé Knit Cropped Cardigan ($99)

Alessandra Rich Embellished Denim Shorts ($395)

Styling tip: Looking for a new way to style your sweatpants? Add a cute cardigan, layers of necklaces, and a headband with a pop of color.

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& Other Stories Ribbed Cropped Cardigan Top ($59)

Frankie Shop French Cotton-Terry Track Pants ($135)

Styling tip: Add a pair of slouchy trousers and mules for an easy look that looks instantly put-together. I love the idea of sticking to neutral tones.

Shop the look:

Bp. Sweater & Camisole Set ($45)

Tove Lourdes Stretch-Cotton Twill Tapered Pants ($124)

Styling tip: Balance out a pair of bold, printed pants with a black cardigan like our assistant market editor, Yusra Siddiqui is wearing here.

Shop the look:

H&M Knit Cardigan ($20)

Holiday the Label Kokomo Pants ($189)

Styling tip: In my opinion, you can simply never go wrong with a matching set. Right now, there are so many cool takes on elevated loungewear.

Shop the look:

The Line by K Nidia Ribbed-Knit Cardigan ($170)

The Line by K Daisy Ribbed-Knit Flared Pants ($180)

Styling tip: Try adding an oversize blazer and tailored shorts for a classic, but modern, look. This is the perfect look to try out as we head into spring.

Shop the look:

Leset Lori Stretch-Knit Cardigan ($148)

H&M Oversized Blazer ($49.99)

Styling tip: Add a cropped cardigan with a pair of jeans and a metal belt. I also love the idea of wearing the sweater open with a matching top underneath.

Shop the look:

Reformation Ruby Cardigan Set ($128)

Black & Brown Georgie Gold-Tone Belt ($135)

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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