Spring doesn’t necessarily feel like sweater season, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, it absolutely is. Because as much as we cherish our idyllic view of spring as a series of months filled with bright days, warm temperatures and photogenic trips to the beach, spring is about as temperate as fall. Some days are drip-with-sweat hot. Other days are fuck-I-thought-winter-had-ended cold. And spring sweaters—more specifically, spring cardigans—promise to get you through the ups and downs of it all.
I know, I know—you don’t want to think of spring as cardigan season. It makes the whole thing seem cold, and chilly, and frankly, a little unappealing. But frame it this way: Spring cardigans will allow you to whip out your warm-weather clothes faster. Let’s say it’s 50 degrees outside. You want to wear your favorite sundress, but it’s just a little too breezy to go sans outerwear. Wouldn’t it be better to have a lightweight option—like a spring cardigan—than to have to rely on that puffer coat you’re more than ready to retire?
There’s no hiding from reality here. You need a spring outerwear repertoire. You can rely on your winter selection and keep reliving January all March, April and May long, or you could buy a couple spring cardigans that won’t make you hate yourself when it’s warm enough to bust out your summer favorites but just breezy enough to warrant a few layers. Do yourself a favor, and find your go-to now. There are too many on the market for you to not stumble upon one you actually kind of love.
PrettyLittleThing Oversized Cardigan, $41 at ASOS
This pastel striped cardigan is so delightful you could pair it with anything and manage to put a smile on someone’s face.
Fluffy Yarn Diamond Knit Cardigan, $48 at ASOS
A lightweight cardigan that doubles as a super snuggly blanket—we’ll take 12.
Tularosa Bristol Sweater Jacket, $188 at Revolve
OK, blazer cardigans are maybe the best thing that’s ever happened ever.
Cap Marie V-Neck Knit Cardigan, $365 at Farfetch
This eye-catching cardigan promises to keep you warm and chic up your ensemble—turns out your clothes are just as successful at multi-tasking as you are.
MSGM Oversized Knit Cardigan, $252 at Farfetch
Not your average oversized yellow cardigan.
Splendid Phoenix Cardigan, $198 at Shopbop
You’re gonna have so much fun just running your hands up and down your sleeves.
Nili Lotan Belted Fitted Cardigan, $383 at Farfetch
Part-sweater, part-robe, this cardigan wants to take you from your bedroom to the office—and back.
Jessa Mesh Button-Front Cardigan Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters
A millennial pink cardigan so adorable your grandma might want to steal it.
Miss Selfridge Contrast Stitch Cardigan, $46.50 at ASOS
A fashion-forward take on the grandpa cardigan.
Ribbed Wrap Cardi, $108 at Free People
You might actually be able to get away with wearing this cardigan as a standalone top. Just saying.
Monki Cropped Cable-Knit Cardigan, $48 at ASOS
The perfect thing to throw over your favorite jumpsuit. Or high-waisted jeans. Or honestly kind of anything.
Winter Walk Fuzzy Kimono, $76.80 at Anthropologie
Buy this now, wear it for the rest of winter—then combine it with your brightest spring pieces to keep it going until summer strikes.
Better Days Cashmere Cardi, $168 at Free People
An absolute classic—and it’s cashmere.
Twist Yarn Cardigan, $51 at ASOS
Is anything more quintessentially spring than a chartreuse and orange color combination?
Vintage Golf Cardigan, $39 at Urban Outfitters
Channel your inner golf dad and wear this adorkable cardigan everywhere.
Bagatelle Faux Fur Bomber Jacket, $178 at Anthropologie
For especially cold spring days. (Sadly, they happen.)
Button Crop Cardigan, $60 at Topshop
Plays well with your favorite florals—and your go-to jeans-and-tee combination.
Twin-Set Chunky Knit Cardigan, $210 at Farfetch
Pieces Knitted Cardigan, $56 at ASOS
Just cozy enough—and hella versatile.
Paulina Fuzzy Cropped Cardigan, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters
Because fuzzy and lightweight certainly aren’t mutually exclusive.
Glow for It Cardi, $108 at Revolve
Bring! On! The! Spring! Pastels!
Cloth & Stone Belted Chenille Cardigan, $130 at Anthropologie
This cardigan is a bona fide robe—one that’s socially acceptable to wear outdoors. Take advantage.
Petite Maxi Cardigan, $60 at ASOS
Longline cardigans are the coziest way to do lightweight outerwear this spring.
Balloon-Sleeve Cropped Sweater, $59 at Urban Outfitters
Nothing says spring like pastel gingham and puffy sleeves.
Glow for It Cardi, $108 at Free People
Perfect for brightening up even the laziest of outfits.
Esprit Chunky Oversized Cardigan, $54 at ASOS
Because even if it’s cold out, slipping into this hot pink cardi is bound to make you happy.
Framed Checkmate Knit Cardigan, $217 at Farfetch
Printed cardigans are totally on the sartorial menu.
Run to You Cardi, $168 at Free People
Quite possibly the only cardigan we need this spring.
Miss Selfridge Bobble Cardigan, $56 at ASOS
Olive cargos and Kelly green cardigans shouldn’t look this good when combined, but they do—and we’re here for it.
Lola Cashmere Cardi, $228 at Free People
A cardigan that doubles as a cape for days when you wanna feel extra luxe.
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