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 by the time you leave the house, it's an entirely different temperature from when 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, for example, 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.
H&M Short Cardigan ($13)
Cute, cropped and less than $15.
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Cable Cardigan ($14)
A cable cardigan to jumpstart your preppy wardrobe.
ASOS Frill Cardigan With Pearl Button ($26)
The pearl buttons are so delicate and pretty.
H&M Fine-Knit Cardigan ($13)
H&M keeps it coming with their vast selection of lightweight cardis.
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Crewneck Cardigan Sweater ($25)
Minty green surely refreshes the eyes.
Zara Striped Knit Jacket ($36)
In true Zara fashion, this looks so expensive.
H&M V-Neck Cardigan ($25)
Try a ruffled cardigan to dress up an otherwise boring pair of jeans.
Zara Asymmetric Cardigan ($40)
Since appearing last year, asymmetric cardigans have popped up from a number of brands and designers. It's constantly sold out, so get it while it's still in stock here.
Collusion Off Shoulder Brushed Cardigan ($29)
Wear it as a top to punch up a satin slip skirt.
Zara Knit Jacquard Jacket ($36)
I have a thing for cheerful fruit prints, can you tell?
Bershka Fine Knit Cardigan ($30)
The trendiest way to pull off a cropped version is to style it with loose-fitting track pants or jeans.
H&M Rib-Knit Cardigan ($25)
This blue is so dreamy.
Zara Ribbed Knit Jacket ($40)
Bubblegum pink continues to rule this season.
H&M Short Cardigan ($40)
Using fasteners instead of buttons creates a sleek, streamlined look.
Mango Striped Cardigan With Buttons ($60)
The stripes feel oh so Parisienne.
Blessd Faye Cardigan ($83)
The sheerness adds another dimension.
& Other Stories Cropped Shell Button Rib Knit Cardigan ($69)
Because sooner or later, short sleeves will be the only sleeves acceptable in the hot weather.
Zara Ruffled Knit Cardigan ($40)
How to pull off lolita style without looking too saccharine.
Wayf Frenchie Rib V-Neck Cardigan ($43)
This one comes in a range of sizes–from xs to 3x.
& Other Stories Long Fitted Rib Knit Cardigan ($89)
Collared cardigans are having a bit of a moment.
Musier Paris Sunny Cardigan ($142)
The trail of big buttons are a cool, eye-catching detail that would look amazing with trousers.
Mango Ribbed Long Cardigan ($80)
There's so much versatility in a long line cardigan. You can style it as a dress, or leave the bottom half unopened and wear it with pants for a dramatic top.
Free People Trouble Maker Cardigan ($98)
I'm loving the 70s vibe.
Milly Off the Shoulder Rib Cardigan ($275)
Here's your fancy night out cardi.
525 Tie Dye Wide Rib Crop Cardigan ($108)
Tie-dye is a cool, fresh take.
Mango Openwork Cardigan With Jewel Buttons ($60)
Blingy jewels for when you're feeling fancy.
Leset Pointelle-Knit Cotton-Jersey Cardigan ($120)
I'm so obsessed with the simple, classic styling of this outfit that you can't tell me anything.
Simonett Ribbed Cardigan ($110)
Currently clicking "add to cart".
Staud Cargo Sweater ($145)
Definitely one of the coolest options on this list.
Stayed tuned for, I'm a Fashion Editor and These Are the 8 Spring Outfits I Dream About Daily.
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