15 Ways to Style a Cardigan, Straight From the Runway

Unless you’re headed to the country club or a polo match, it can be tough to figure out how to style a cardigan. You don’t necessarily want to dress like your grandmother (or your grandfather). And you’re probably shooting more for “cool” than “prim” or “proper.” So, the cardigan can seem like a tough sell. But don’t write it off just yet. The right cardigan will definitely hit the ideal balance between keeping you warm and flattering your figure. And there’s definitely a way to wear a cardigan that fits with your style.

In that spirit, we’ve collected some examples of chic ways to style a cardigan, straight from the runway. Didn’t think a piece as basic as a cardigan would appear over and over on runways at fashion weeks around the world? Think again. Ahead, you’ll see tons of fashionable ways to wear a cardigan. You’ll also see lots of different kinds of cardigans — which are the perfect inspiration, whether you want to go shopping or are just looking to work with what’s already in your closet.

1. Wear a long cardigan over a dress

A model walks the runway at the holyGhost show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

This look will never go out of style. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

A short, waist-length cardigan isn’t the only kind of sweater you can pair with a dress. Wear a long, drapey cardigan in a length that matches your favorite dress, like this model on the runway at the holyGhost show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin A/W 2017. 

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