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Honestly, the best trend right now is chunky, sometimes-oversized cardigans tucked into belted jeans — especially when said sweater is worn with nothing underneath.
Of course, having some good knitwear in your arsenal is essential year-round. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reached for my chunky cardigans over the past few months. First of all, they’re a great, portable layers for errand runs. (You know, for those days when you find yourself in the refrigerated aisle of the grocery store wishing you’d thrown a sweater in your purse.) But more importantly, they’re great as your outfit’s statement piece.
Whether it’s a cropped knit paired with vintage denim and heels or a knit boyfriend silhouette paired with leggings and boots, a great button-front cardigan is an easy, off-duty essential — that’s also comfortable enough to nap in, which is pretty important for the times we’re living in.
Check out these 20 chunky cardigans you’ll love sporting on their own — and probably wear to death, if you’re like me.
1. ASOS Chunky Button Cardigan, $45
Embrace your nautical side with a navy-and-white striped sweater that gives major “I summer in Nantucket” vibes.
Invest in something you’ll wear again and again, like this classic black mohair-blend cardigan complete with sweet lace trim and dropped sleeves.
The chic collar on this chunky ribbed option takes the elegance factor up a notch. It’s also great for layering under vests, scarves, collarless jackets and more.
Not only is this floral-embroidered, lilac cardigan cute on its own, but it’s the perfect lightweight layer to throw in your purse when you know you’re heading to the home of an air-conditioning enthusiast.
A fiery-red hue that’s perfect for all skin tones? Yes, please. Plus, the chunky cable knit factor means it’ll actually keep you warm.
7. 525 Mixed Leopard Cardigan, $142
Asymmetry is one of the biggest trends of the season, making this two-tone cheetah knit is totally on point.
8. Apparis Andi Waffle Knit Cardigan, $178
This sweater has such a cozy, oversized fit that it only comes in one size. The hot-pink hue will make it an instant statement piece in your wardrobe.
Perfect for chilly mornings by the beach, the signature “girly-girl” aesthetic LoveShackFancy is known for takes the form of flirty stars and stripes in this pink chunky cardi. Wear it with high-waisted light-wash denim for a trendy ‘fit.
10. Zara Wool Blend Cardigan, $69.90
These ruffles add a majorly feminine flair to this cozy knit. Wear it on its own or throw it on when you want to elevate a graphic tee.
11. Land’s End Cotton Cable Cardigan Sweater, $65.97 (Orig. $109.95)
This chunky, festive-feeling fair isle sweater — complete with a cozy shawl collar — will be your new fall-winter fave.
12. Leith Ribbed Cardigan, $59
We’re hearing brown is the new black — and you can dip your toes into the trend with a chunky mahogany cardigan.
13. ASOS Noisy May Cable Knit Cardigan, $60
This relaxed-fit, forest-green knit is the easy fall layer you didn’t know you needed.
If you haven’t heard by now, earth tones are in. And with an oversized fit, this cozy, neutral knit will be your new wardrobe staple.
15. Missguided Blue Colorblock Cardigan, $26 (Orig. $53)
This chunky color-block design taps into two trends at once: asymmetry and button-front layers.
16. Nasty Gal V-Neck Knitted Cardigan, $30 (Orig. $60)
A classic cream-colored cardigan pairs perfectly with everything from matching trousers to dark-wash denim.
17. Eloquii Leopard Cardigan, $69.95
Yes, our favorite neutral is leopard print, thanks for asking.
This cardigan’s matching overlay looks like a second pair of sleeves that you can wear draped over your shoulders or tied around your neck. (There’s also a matching set of pants.) Either way, you’ll look like a chic minimalist in this investment piece.
19. A.L.C. Peters Cardigan, $375
With chic balloon sleeves and a relaxed fit, this softly knit, luxe layer will elevate any outfit.
20. Angashion V-neck Button-Down Cable-Knit Cardigan, $30.89+
As much as we love color, you can’t go wrong with a classic winter white. Period.
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