Styling Cardigans: 20 Outfit Ideas

February 1, 2021

I’m Julie.
After my life transformed through style, my mission became sharing that process to help women experience that same magic - to live out the life of their dreams, too.

And we’re back! Another week – another basic styled multiple ways.

First – we styled the Amazon black turtleneck (BLOG POST RECAP HERE!) and last week it was these Amazon joggers (BLOG POST RECAP HERE!) that you guys are RAVING about as you get them in – and this week – CARDIGANS! We’ve been styling them all different ways throughout the week on Instagram and it’s been so much fun!

Cropped, midlength, or long – don’t underestimate the versatility of a great cardi!

Haven’t downloaded the checklist yet to follow along with styling closet basics? It’s a totally free resource I created for you with links embedded within the document for easy peasy shopping if there’s anything you need to fill in!

And without further ado – let’s talk CARDIGANS!

The mid length cardigan.

You probably have at least one in your closet already. They’ve been around for a while – but they’re back with a TWIST as one of the season’s most fun (and practical trends!) – a cardigan worn as a sweater!

Take that cardigan that you already own, button it up, add a pair of denim and booties or ponte pants and flats – and you’re right on trend without spending a buck!

And how about over a SKIRT! A mid-length cardigan looks so cute with a skirt – and hot tip – button one up over a dress and it’ll look like a two piece set!


Take a sleeveless, short sleeve, or long sleeve dress and button up a cardigan over – voila! looks like a two piece set!

Wear with flats, booties, or boots!

Not a fan of a buttoned up cardigan? No problemo! It can be worn unbuttoned with jeans, with a tank or top underneath, a dress – you name it! Appropriate for a casual day, work, or even a date night!

So we’ve talked mid-length and some ways to play with those – now moving on to CROPPED! A cropped cardigan is shorter than your mid-length, but just as versatile. It can be worn with a skirt, high waisted denim, or layered under a turtleneck!


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Layer a cropped cardigan under a fitted turtleneck

a mid-length cardigan would work with this look, too!

And last, but certainly not least – the LONG cardigan! Not much that’s better than being cozy, but feeling pulled together. The long cardigan is a great way to add a layer to cozy up over your work blouse, t shirt, or even tank! Great with denim for a more casual look or with ponte pants or slacks for business casual!


A duster or lighter cardigan is a great transition piece from colder to warmer weather, too!

And there you have it, friends. Three types of cardigans – endless style possibilities!

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Julie Kraus | Stylist
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