20 Elevated Cardigans That Definitely Aren’t Your Grandma’s

It’s no secret that we love sweaters — chunky knits, turtlenecks, striped jumpers, you name it. Can you blame us? There’s nothing better than a cozy knit top to snuggle in while you venture out in the brisk outdoors. 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. Sweaters can get repetitive. However, one silhouette that has been upgraded in the past two years is cardigans. Wait, my unraveling chunky cardigan, you might say? Not exactly. Just wait; the best cardigan in your wardrobe has yet to come. 

Cardigans started to make a stylish comeback last fall when the micro versions made headlines during New York Fashion Week. Designers like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Kim Shui debuted tiny cardigans — the cousin to the viral pin tops — during their spring 2022 runways. As you can imagine, fashion enthusiasts and celebs ate it up. While the itty-bitty, thin cardigan is still floating along, many people are still opting for warmer, more sustainable options in updated, 2022-friendly designs.  

From whimsical hues, jeweled buttons, and quirky motifs to zip-up details, front-close knits are here to spice up your cold-weather ensembles. Don’t worry; we still added a few of the beloved oversized and cable-knit styles for you to throw on while listening to T Swift’s “cardigan” to celebrate the return of fall. Plus, since sweater weather is right around the corner, there’s no better time to add to your collection with a new-and-improved cropped or long cardi sweater (or two). Here are 20 of the coolest cardigans to get you started.

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Zara Jewel Button Knit Cardigan, $, available at Zara

Ugg Joselyn Lounge Cardigan, $, available at Nordstrom

COS Zip-Up Ribbed-Knit Cardigan, $, available at COS

Uniqlo Low Gauge V-Neck Long-Sleeve Cardigan, $, available at Uniqlo

Everlane The Alpaca V-Neck Cropped Cardigan, $, available at Everlane

Quince Baby Alpaca-Wool Cropped Cardigan, $, available at Quince

Farm Rio Mixed Textures Button-Front Crochet Cardigan, $, available at Neiman Marcus

Free People Bonfire Cardi, $, available at Free People

YanYan Curious Embroidered Colorblock Lambswool Cardigan, $, available at Nordstrom

J.Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cropped Cardigan Sweater, $, available at J.Crew

& Other Stories Boxy Asymmetric Cardigan, $, available at & Other Stories

Ganni Solid Cardigan, $, available at Lisa Says Gah

Pilcro Pilcro Flower Cardigan Sweater, $, available at Anthropologie

Madewell Brampton Crop Cardigan Sweater, $, available at Madewell

Miss Selfridge Cable Contrast Bow Cardigan In Ivory, $, available at ASOS

Jenni Kayne Cable Cocoon Cardigan, $, available at Jenni Kayne

H&M Short Cardigan, $, available at H&M

Sandro Driss Wool Cable Knit Cardigan, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Eloquii Colorblock Sweater Cardigan Dress, $, available at Eloquii

Mango Check Knitted Cardigan, $, available at Mango

Everlane The Chunky Cardigan, $, available at Everlane

Daisy Street Plus 90’s Cropped Cardigan, $, available at ASOS

Alex Mill Margot Cardigan, $, available at Alex Mill

Mango Oversize Knit Cardigan, $, available at Mango

Farm Rio Colorful Bananas Cardigan, $, available at Farm Rio

BP. Plus Crop Recycled Blend Cardigan, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Mango Multi-Color Knit Cardigan, $, available at Mango

O’Dolly Dearest Whatever Forever Feather Trim Cardigan, $, available at Nordstrom

UO Bec Cardigan, $, available at Urban Outfitters

& Other Stories Boxy Waffle Stitch Cardigan, $, available at & Other Stories

Free People High Tide Cardi, $, available at Free People

The Drop Divya Pointelle Full Sleeve Cardigan Sweater, $, available at Amazon

Eloquii Cutout Neckline Cardigan, $, available at Eloquii

Victor Glemaud Pink Wool Cardigan, $, available at SSENSE

Lisa Says Gah Leti Button Up, $, available at Lisa Says Gah

H&M Jacquard-Knit Cardigan, $, available at H&M

Scoop Faux Sherpa Grandpa Cardigan, $, available at Walmart

Uniqlo U Full Needle Short Cardigan, $, available at Uniqlo

Christopher John Rogers Color-Block Ribbed Cardigan, $, available at Net-A-PorterFrom 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

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