This Year’s Best Cardigans

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Now that we’ve transitioned into sweater weather season, it’s time to overload your wardrobe with that third piece to bring your outfit together.

However, you shouldn’t settle for just any wool exterior. Sweaters are a perfect opportunity to add some ease and comfort to your winter style and what better form of sweater than the versatile cardigan?

Yes, cardigans may make you may think Mr. Rogers, your grandpa’s fit, or a family get together over the holidays, but when worn well, the cardigan style is a chic staple. It can turn a casual outfit into an instant classy fit, or simply add some flavor to your two-piece suit. With its fastened buttons that you can wear buttoned or open, this style gives you a lot of leeway in how you dress it up.

And luckily for you, we’ve compiled the snazziest, coziest, and best cardigans for every budget and build this winter season.

Dockers Premium Cotton Cardigan ($98)

h2_2016_jean_cut_28318_0005_cottoncardigan_safaribeige_prThe whole point of wearing a sweater is to keep you warm and insulated without having to deal with a heavy jacket that wears you down. Dockers gives you the chance to layer up in style with their classic cardigan, made from a soft cotton-cashmere blend. This simplistic, modern design comes in four fantastic fall colors. Check out their Donegal Ls Lattice Cable Shawl Cardigan ($35) if you’re looking for something less expensive.

SCOTCH & SODA Gradient Yarn Cardigan ($135)

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This chunky-knitted, lightweight cardigan is made of 100 percent cotton and is designed with gradient yarn and a shawl collar. It features rib knitted finishes and a button-up closure for a loose-fitted look.

BellField Elof Cardigan ($40)

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At Jackthreads, they know what’s hot and what’s not. That’s why their featured Bellfield charcoal cardigan can be worn with everything from tees and joggers, to button downs and ties. Better yet, it’s one of the less expensive products on this list.

Cockpit USA Grizzly Knit Cardigan ($90)

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This military inspired heavy knit, 100 percent soft cotton sweater stunts a shawl collar, three button closure pockets, adjustable waist straps and ribbed sleeve cuffs. Not only does this sweater fit most sizes, it looks good on them, too.

Alpaca Cardigan Industry of All Nations ($250)

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IOAN Alpaca Sweaters feature only virgin colors natural to the Alpaca, meaning they’re not dyed and are naturally beautiful. This not only reduces the impact that dyes have on the environment, but it gives your sweater extra value knowing it was made with environmental consciousness in mind.

Crawford Cardigan by Trumaker ($85)

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Warm, but not too heavy, this cardigan by Trumaker is suitable for almost any occasion. Super-soft cotton material and a Lycra blend in the cuffs help to retain the fit and shape of your sweater.

Pendleton The Original Westerly ($239)

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If you think you’ve seen this before, you’re probably right. It was originally worn in 1972 by ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski) and Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, brought it back to the fashion world during a press conference earlier this year. This lambswool cardigan boasts a fantastic, timeless design you’ll never get sick of.

Apolis Alpaca Shawl Collared Cardigan ($248)
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Apolis alpaca garments are hand knit in Peru using the highest social and environmental standards. The natural alpaca fiber, shorn from indigenous Peruvian alpacas, is extremely soft, durable, and hypoallergenic. The insulating alpaca wool is resilient to the elements, making the garments great for everyday use or travel.