Knitted cardigans aren’t just for the winter months. In fact, they’re a really versatile capsule wardrobe staple. If you live somewhere where layers are an essential part of your outfit, you’re probably wearing them for at least three seasons out of the four.

Choosing a cardigan that is both on trend and trendless means you can use it to create multiple looks throughout the year — and for many more years to come.


5 Modern and trendy cardigan outfit ideas

Cardigans have gotten a bad rep for being a little on the frumpy side. But they’re making a strong comeback. They can be worn as a statement piece, or as a much-needed layer. Here’s my top cardigan outfit ideas and style tips.


Ditch the traditional silhouette

If you’re not a fan of the more traditional knitted cardigan look, opt for a modern design. Statement sleeves, bold patterns and oversized styles are just some of the fresh twists that are available.


Go boho with midi and maxi lengths

If you’re wanting to add volume and softness to a look, try mixing it up with a longer-line cardigan style. A maxi length cardigan over a maxi dress can create a really boho look. This can be layered up for winter and even worn in warmer months when paired with a flowing summer dress.

If you want to add a 70s spin to your outfit, layer a chunky cardigan over a roll neck jumper and pair with flared jeans or corduroy trousers. Alternatively, try balloon sleeves and bold stripes over a denim jumpsuit for another great way to nail that 70s vibe.

Suzie Stripe Sleeve Midi Knit Cardigan - Biscuit - Cara and the Sky

Suzie Stripe Sleeve Midi Knit Cardigan - Biscuit


Create effortless style with a co-ord set

A knitted co-ord cardigan and skirt set is a great hack for achieving a styled look with minimal effort. Wear over a slouchy roll neck with chunky accessories for a grungy look. For the opposite effect, ditch the base layers and wear as an outfit in its own right for a more polished aesthetic.


Mix materials for a cosy glam look

Layering your knitwear over contrasting fabrics like silky or shiny material can really elevate your look. Try wearing a chunky cardigan over a slinky slip dress or PU leather skirt for a relaxed glam style.


Create contrast with slouchy + structured

If you’re going for an oversized knit on your top half, create a more polished look by wearing something tailored or formfitting on the bottom. You could try a pair of tapered trousers for androgenous and sleek lines, or a fitted pencil skirt for a more feminine feel.

Another great way to add structure is with a belted cardigan. This will define your silhouette and add a touch of sophistication. Plus, you can style it over anything from relaxed jeans and a tee to a dress and tights.

Becca Mono Sleeve Belted Long Cardigan - Black - Cara and the Sky

Becca Mono Sleeve Belted Long Cardigan - Black


All season style

There are so many ways to style a cardigan, no matter the season and no matter the outfit. They’re truly a versatile staple that you need in your wardrobe. Don't be afraid to mix and match them with different elements to create a unique and eye-catching outfit. And remember, it’s all about you and your personality when creating a look you love.