The Styling Trick That Makes Cardigans Look 10 Times Cooler

We’ve noticed certain preppy details making their way into mainstream fashion—from checks to gingham patterns to pastels. However, there’s one piece in particular that has a history of being a preppy-style staple: a classic cardigan. But how to make a cardigan look modern and not straight out of the ’90s? We’re noticing everywhere how fashion girls are reinventing their cardigans (and sweaters) by tying them across their chest or letting them casually drape around their shoulders. Want some inspiration? Scroll through to see how the stylish bunch are wearing theirs.

Tie your look together (pun very much intended) by coordinating your sweater with your boots.

Pair a headband with your sweater to keep the preppy vibe going.

Don’t be afraid to layer upwe love the look of a cropped jacket under a long coat, finished off with a sweater tied around the shoulders.

Cardigan Outfits: Gigi Hadid



Of course, Gigi Hadid gave the traditionally preppy styling trick a cool and edgy vibe.

Fashion girls are also opting to tie their sweaters diagonally across their chest like so for an effortless-cool feel.

Go for a monochromatic look. Test out bold trends like statement slides and a neck scarf and then top off your look with a casual sweater drape.

Cardigan Outfits



The aforementioned casual sweater drape is also perfect for those days when the weather can’t make up its mind.

Master of the preppy-girly wardrobe, Alexa Chung, made a tied striped sweater the coolest thing about her outfit.

Cardigan Outfits: Maria Bernad



In a vibrant, unexpected colour combo, this styling trick takes on a decidedly forward look.

Cardigan Outfits


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Pastels are shaping up to be a major spring (and summer) 2018 trend

Do as the original Man Repeller does.

Pair with tailored trousers and a cool graphic T-shirt like this Italian street style star.

NYC girls love wearing the casual sweater drape over a leather moto jacket. 

Add of-the-moment details like a furry bag and kitten heels.

Match your sweater to your coat for a cohesive look.

Use a tied sweater to dress up a muted outfit.

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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated by Judith Jones.

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