20 Chic Cardigans That Have Stepped Out Of Their Comfort Zone

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It’s no secret that we love sweaterschunky knits, turtlenecks, striped jumpers, you name it. Can you blame us? There’s nothing better than slipping one on sans coat (when it’s finally weather-appropriate). But if we have one tiny little complaint about the state of knitwear, it’s this: Every style looks the same as those from years past. Knitwear is just knitwear, right? Well, there is one silhouette that’s shaking things up this fall: the cardigan.

Cardigans started to make a stylish comeback last fall when grandpa style made headlines during fashion week. But they didn't really hit the big leagues until Harry Styles wore a rainbow patchwork JW Anderson cardigan on the TODAY show, sparking an international knitting phenomenon on TikTok. Now, the comfy old cardi is everywhere — and it looks totally different than you probably remember it. From oversized weaves to zip-up details, front-close knits are finally giving us something to talk about. And since sweater weather is here, there’s no better time to add to your collection with a new-and-improved cardigan (or two). Here are 20 options to get you started.

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From now on, no cardigan roundup is complete without the Harry-Styles-approved one that sparked a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/08/9975254/cardigans-tik-tok-trend-harry-styles-taylor-swift" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:viral TikTok sensation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">viral TikTok sensation</a>. <br><br><strong>JW Anderson</strong> Colorblock Patchwork Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jwanderson.com%2Fus%2Fshopping%2Fcolourblock-patchwork-cardigan-14688042" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:JW Anderson" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">JW Anderson</a>
From now on, no cardigan roundup is complete without the Harry-Styles-approved one that sparked a viral TikTok sensation.

JW Anderson Colorblock Patchwork Cardigan, $, available at JW Anderson
<br><br><strong>Topshop</strong> Mixed Spot Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Ftopshop-mixed-spot-cardigan%2F5852718" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Topshop Mixed Spot Cardigan, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Check Knitted Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fcardigans-and-sweaters-cardigans%2Fcheck-knitted-cardigan_87044053.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>


Mango Check Knitted Cardigan, $, available at Mango
<br><br><strong>Wild Fable</strong> Button-Front Cropped Rib-Knit Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2FyRgXJN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>


Wild Fable Button-Front Cropped Rib-Knit Cardigan, $, available at Target
<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Statement Collar Wool Knit Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stories.com%2Fen_usd%2Fclothing%2Fknitwear%2Fcardigans%2Fproduct.statement-collar-wool-knit-cardigan-blue.0902688002.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Statement Collar Wool Knit Cardigan, $, available at & Other Stories
<br><br><strong>ASOS CURVE</strong> Edge To Edge Boxy Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-curve%2Fasos-design-curve-edge-to-edge-boxy-cardigan-in-gray%2Fprd%2F21683961" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


ASOS CURVE Edge To Edge Boxy Cardigan, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Bonfire Cardi, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Fbonfire-cardi%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>


Free People Bonfire Cardi, $, available at Free People
<br><br><strong>The Drop</strong> Brigitte Chunky Ribbed Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2PtxUAH" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


The Drop Brigitte Chunky Ribbed Cardigan, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Zara</strong> Patch Pocket Knit Jacket, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zara.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fpatch-pocket-knit-jacket-p09598110.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>


Zara Patch Pocket Knit Jacket, $, available at Zara
<br><br><strong>Quince</strong> Mongolian Cashmere Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.onequince.com%2Fwomen%2Fcashmere%2Fcashmere-cardigan-sweater" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Quince" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Quince</a>


Quince Mongolian Cashmere Cardigan, $, available at Quince
<br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> Broadway Cardigan Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.madewell.com%2Fbroadway-cardigan-sweater-MC851.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a>


Madewell Broadway Cardigan Sweater, $, available at Madewell
<br><br><strong>Stine Goya</strong> Ash Cardigan Sweater, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Flisasaysgah.com%2Fcollections%2Fsweaters%2Fproducts%2Fash-cardigan-sweater-1213-checks-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lisa Says Gah" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lisa Says Gah</a>


Stine Goya Ash Cardigan Sweater, $, available at Lisa Says Gah
<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Rib-Knit Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0929662007.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Rib-Knit Cardigan, $, available at H&M
<br><br><strong>Anthropologie</strong> Navya Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fnavya-cardigan" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>


Anthropologie Navya Cardigan, $, available at Anthropologie
<br><br><strong>Andersson Bell</strong> Ribbed Striped Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fandersson-bell%2Fribbed-striped-wool-blend-cardigan%2F1300049" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


Andersson Bell Ribbed Striped Cardigan, $, available at Net-A-Porter
<br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Simona Ribbed Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fuo-simona-ribbed-cardigan" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>


Urban Outfitters Simona Ribbed Cardigan, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br><br><strong>Scoop</strong> Waffle Knit Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FScoop-Women-s-Waffle-Knit-Cardigan%2F563860094" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>


Scoop Waffle Knit Cardigan, $, available at Walmart
<br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Cropped Fuzzy Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fcropped-fuzzy-cardigan%2F1073060.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Eloquii</a>


Eloquii Cropped Fuzzy Cardigan, $, available at Eloquii
<br><br><strong>Pashko</strong> Monasti Merino Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpaskho.com%2Fcollections%2Fwomens-travel-tops%2Fproducts%2Fmonastic-merino-travel-cardigan-in-green" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pashko" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pashko</a>


Pashko Monasti Merino Cardigan, $, available at Pashko
<br><br><strong>Everlane</strong> The Texture Cotton Cardigan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-texture-ctn-cardigan-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane</a>


Everlane The Texture Cotton Cardigan, $, available at Everlane

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