how to layer a cardigan

Cardigans are the perfect way to update your wardrobe. They’re simple, classic, and can be worn in any season.

The key to wearing a cardigan is knowing how to mix and match it with other items in your wardrobe. For example, if you’re wearing a sweater underneath your cardigan, try pairing it with jeans or khakis for an effortlessly casual look.

If you don’t yet own one, or if you want to try wearing them in new ways, here are ten ideas for how to layer a cardigan:

Wear a cardigan with an open front and a cami.

When you wear a cardigan over a cami, you can still layer the two pieces in one of several different ways. One option is to simply wear them together as they are: the cardigan is open in front and has long sleeves while the cami is worn under it—the top of which shows beneath its hemlines.

Another option is to tuck in the cami underneath your cardigan. This might sound strange at first (after all, who would want something tucked into their shirt?), but there are actually several benefits to doing so: for one thing, it creates visual interest by adding some depth and movement; for another thing, if done correctly this look will make both pieces seem longer than they actually are by covering up any excess fabric that might otherwise come into view from under either piece of clothing on its own (especially with shorter tees).

But perhaps most importantly when considering what kind of layering combination should be used with this style combo? Well…it depends! Some women prefer wearing theirs outside while others prefer having them tucked inside instead – both ways work well with different types/styles too (like loose linen shifts versus tighter knit tops).

Pull on a V-neck cardigan over a crisp white shirt.

Cardigans are a wardrobe staple, and they can be paired with a variety of outfits. They’re especially useful in the summertime because they keep you cool while adding some warmth.

A cardigan can be worn over another item of clothing or on its own. If you’re layering with a shirt underneath it, choose one that is longer than your cardigan so it will peek out from underneath and show off your sleeves. This look works particularly well if you have large arms—it creates an illusion that makes them look smaller!

Add layers under a longline cardigan.

You’re already wearing a longline cardigan, so why not layer it? Yes, layering a longline cardigan is totally possible. It can be worn in three different ways: as an undershirt, over another garment and by itself.

  • Layering your longline cardigan under another top can help you make the most of its versatility and warmth.
  • If you want to wear it as an undershirt for extra warmth in colder temperatures (or if you get cold easily), then this is the way to go.
  • Make sure that when you put on your outerwear overtop of the longline cardigan, tuck both ends into your pants or skirt so that they don’t poke out from underneath whatever else you’re wearing!
  • The last thing anyone wants to deal with is an accidental wardrobe malfunction during their daily commute – especially one involving clothing stuck between their legs!

Try a buttonless cardi over a turtleneck.

A buttonless cardigan is a great way to layer, especially if you’re looking for something that’s more sophisticated. This type of sweater looks great over long sleeves, short sleeves and turtlenecks. For men, women and kids alike, it can be worn with everything from jeans to dress pants or skirts.

Not all buttonless cardigans are created equal! They can come in different lengths (shorter options are good for layering) and many have hoods that add extra warmth. So if you want something lightweight and breathable but still want that extra protection from the elements—a hooded cardigan might be right up your alley!

Wear fitted cardigans as tops.

  • Cardigans are a great way to layer.
  • When it comes down to it, cardigans can be worn as tops. You don’t have to just throw them on over other things—you can wear them alone.
  • I love wearing mine with dresses or t-shirts or even sweaters! It’s also a simple way to add some extra warmth under your winter coat without having another bulky piece of clothing on top of that heavy coat.*

Throw on a longline sweater over your sundress.

If you’re not sure how to layer a cardigan, start with a longline sweater. This classic style is simple and flattering, and it can be worn with just about anything. Pair it with your favorite sundress—the drapier the better—and throw on some statement necklace or earrings for an unexpected twist. The longline cardigan is also great for covering up your tummy if you’re feeling self-conscious (especially if that poolside cocktail has left its mark), and it’s super easy to throw over your shoulders when they get chilly at night.

Cardigans are so versatile, there’s no reason not to give them a try.

Cardigans are so versatile, there’s no reason not to give them a try. They can be layered over other clothing items and worn in many different ways. Cardigans are a great way to add layers to your outfit while still keeping things stylish. Try pairing your cardigan with some jeans or leggings for an easy look that’s sure to keep you warm this winter!

Cardis are easily layered over other clothing items like shirts, tank tops and t-shirts. The best part about wearing a cardigan is that it provides extra warmth without being bulky like jackets tend to be – which makes them perfect for springtime weather as well as fall/winter months when temperatures begin dropping below freezing mark (for those living north of 48 degrees).


When it comes to layering, there are a million options. You can wear a cardigan under a jacket or over your favorite dress and be completely comfortable in any situation. And if you’re looking for something new, check out our newest arrivals at Bloomingdale’s. We have all the latest styles from brands like Ralph Lauren, DKNY J Brand and more!

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