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Cardigans have been trending in a big way over the past few seasons—cropped cardigans, bold-colored cardigans, cardigans with matching tanks, cardigans that basically double as tops. And as much as we love the trendier styles that have taken over as of late, there's something to be said about having a few classics on hand. You know the kind—they're practical, perfect for keeping your arms warm in the corporate AC, and wear well over pretty much anything. These are the cardigans you'll keep for seasons to come and bring with you whenever the weather is in one of those awkward transitional periods with high temps during the day and low ones at night. Point being, you need at least one of them.
With that in mind, we set out on a mission to find the absolute best classic cardigans out there. From chunky, bouncy knits to boyfriend fits and even a cashmere option at an exceptional price point, the list below features a top-rated cardigan for every style and budget.
How We Found The Best Cardigans For Women
To round up this list, we turned to the help of our data-driven algorithm. This unique tool finds and ranks the best styles out there by factoring in best-seller lists, editor recommendations, user reviews, and more. Ahead, discover the Top 10 cardigans for women and shop your favorites.
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Alex Mill Nico Chunky Cardigan
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: With its dropped shoulders, oversized buttons, and chunky texture, this vintage-inspired cardigan couldn't be more timeless. It's a little pricier than other options on the list, but it's the kind of style you'll keep for years.
USER REVIEW: "Love this cardigan! The weight is perfect—practically four seasons. The styling is classic but feels very modern at the same time. I sized up for a more oversized fit and can see myself wearing this sweater for everything from work to a night out. Can’t wait for the green to restock, as that will be my next color."
Lands' End Fine Gauge Cotton Cardigan Sweater
WHAT IT DOES: This isn't your ordinary cardigan, people. It's made with ultra-soft, color resilient cotton that’s combed for smoothness to resist pilling no matter how much you wear it. We've officially found your wear-forever cardigan.
STYLE WITH: This cardigan works just as well thrown over dresses and t-shirts as it does buttoned up and styled as a top.
J.Crew Cashmere Relaxed Pocket Cardigan Sweater
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: From the super-soft Mongolian cashmere to the cute patch pockets and pretty colors, it simply doesn't get much better than this J.Crew find. Plus, it's made with sustainably sourced cashmere that improves the working conditions of farmers and farmworkers in Inner Mongolia.
HELPFUL TIP: This cardigan has a boxy, relaxed fit—if you want something snugger, size down.
Quince Mongolian Cashmere Cardigan Sweater
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Like all of Quince's products, this cardigan is incredibly high quality for the price. It's made with Grade A certified cashmere and rings up 50% less than traditional retail would. We wouldn't blame you for snagging all four colors.
STYLE WITH: You can find the matching sweatpants here. You know you want them.
Boden Cotton Crew Cardigan
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: With its crew neck, semi-fitted shape, and gathers at the shoulders, this puff-sleeve cardigan feels a little more feminine than the rest. It also comes in a range of unique colors like honey gold, candy pink, and duck egg.
STYLE WITH: This one will look excellent tucked into a pair of straight-leg jeans.
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Crewneck Cardigan Sweater
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Made with super-soft, lightweight yarn for the coziest feel, you'd never know this cardigan rings up under $30. It also has over 3,500 rave reviews and comes in too many pretty colors to count.
USERS REVIEW: "I now own three of these lightweight cardigans in three colors. They're perfect for spring and even most of summer in the PNW. The fit is perfect—not too fitted but not loose—and the fabric doesn't pill. It's a great layer over a camisole and part of my office uniform on the regular. Love them so much and will need a few more for the weekends."
Wild Fable Button-Front Cropped Cardigan
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Vee Cardigan Sweater
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Don't sleep on this cardigan, people. It has over 6,000 reviews thanks to its vibrant color options, lightweight fabric, and $25 price tag. We recommend ordering a few.
USER REVIEW: "Arrived with no wrinkles... what? I love this sweater! It’s the nicest clothing item I’ve purchased on Amazon—it’s as nice as my Ann Taylor sweaters. Not too thin, not too thick. I’ll be buying in more colors."
Ann Taylor Ann Cardigan
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: In true Ann Taylor fashion, this cardigan looks so high-end. Reviewers rave about the luxuriously soft fabric, bold color options, and excellent fit.
STYLE WITH: Button it up and tuck it into a sleek slip skirt for workdays.
Old Navy Crew-Neck Cardigan Sweater
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This not-too-tight, not-too-loose cardigan can do no wrong. It works just as well layered as it does on its own, comes in six fall-ready colors that pair well with everything, and costs just $35.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Thanks to the petite, tall, and plus size options, there's a perfect-fitting cardigan here for every body type.