The Layering Piece You’ve Forgotten About

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Until sweltering weather officially hits, the spring chill prompts us to grab a jacket most days. While breezy dusters and satin bombers have been steady companions this season, we’re reminded of a lighter weight option that’s been hiding away in the back of our closet—the cardigan. Its simplicity can read boring if you’re not careful, but it’s that same quality that lends the staple to a range of fashion-forward looks—and combined with varied textures and bold accessories, the topper goes from a basic layer to the perfect cozy-chic finishing touch. Here, we’ve assembled three ways to hit refresh on the oft-overlooked knit.

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How To Style A Cardigan

A cardigan's relaxed silhouette immediately complements any jeans-and-tee combo. Give it a fashion-girl twist by pairing it with lace-up leather caged heels and a cherry red cross-body.

Layer a cardigan over a feminine boho frock to cover your bare shoulders during a slight breeze. Cinch your waist with a skinny belt to provide structure to the flowy frame. Accessorize with hardware via buckled slides and a textured bag with a chain strap.

Team the cardigan with a polished pinafore jumpsuit and mule sandals for the office. A printed neck scarf adds a dash of color.