Summer cardigans aren’t exactly a new concept. The lightweight, open-front knit has been completing outfits for decades, and has been donned by style heroes ranging from the late Princess Diana to Rihanna. And it makes sense. The summer cardi is nothing if not versatile, allowing you to withstand any scenario that the warmer months may present. Your day plans ran into the evening? Cardigan. The breeze by the water is a little much? Cardigan. Stepping into a building permeated with AC? A cardigan can definitely help with that. (Don’t forget that in the before-COVID times, a summer cardigan was a non-negotiable office staple from May to September.)
In the Spring 2021 shows, designers like Missoni and Celine turned the oft-humble cardigan into a fun time with optimistic colours, while Proenza Schouler kept things sleek and minimal. And when taking inspo from celebrities and the runway, look for unlikely pairings like striped knits coupled with floral dresses, or cropped cardis thrown over swimsuits. Bonus: the light, bright cardigan is the perfect piece to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall.
Thinking of adding some layers to your summer wardrobe? Take a look at the best summer-appropriate cardigans below.