It’s Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

Lindsey Lanquist
It’s Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan
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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.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

1. For Love and Lemons Lauryn Oversized Candy-Striped Cardigan, $176 at Urban Outfitters

Because nothing says spring like pastels.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

2. Red Eye Cardi, $88 at Free People

The perfect cozy-cute addition to any athleisure ensemble.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

3. Vintage Golf Cardigan, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Because vintage dad cardigans are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

4. Come Together Cardi, $198 at Free People

Of course spring’s tie-dye trend has pervaded the cardi-sphere, too.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

5. Button-Front Cardigan, $35 at ASOS

All the delicate bits of the early aughts, encapsulated in a single, adorable cardigan.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

6. Benji Textured Cardigan, $79 at Urban Outfitters

So fuzzy you’ll be petting yourself all day long.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

7. Bo Peep Sweater Jacket, $498 at Free People

Basically a robe that’s socially acceptable to wear on the daily.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

8. Lazy Oaf Rainbow Knit Relaxed Cardigan, $119 at ASOS

Bright enough to put a smile on your face—even if it’s cold out.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

9. Salt Island Jacket, $130 at Free People

Who said cardigans had to be crafted from knits?

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

10. Big Plans Cardi, $128 at Free People

A cardigan that doubles as a cute AF top—we’re on board.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

11. Micha Lounge Oversized Cardigan, $67 at ASOS

Casual without skewing too casual.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

12. Groundbreaking Floral Cardigan, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Because dresses aren’t the only way to do spring florals.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

13. Slub Knit Longline Cardigan, $19.90 at Forever 21

Short-sleeve cardigans are on the menu for breezy-but-still-pretty-warm days.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

14. River Island Jewel-Button Cardigan, $57 at ASOS

A little embellished button goes a long way, as far as we’re concerned.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

15. Soraya Midi Cardigan, $460 at Anthropologie

Quite possibly the most eye-catching cardi we’ve laid eyes on in a while.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

16. Summer Sweater Coat, $759 at Free People

A quintessential bohemian cardigan—released just in time for festival season.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

17. Longline Knitted Cardigan, $25 at Nasty Gal

Anything rendered in spring green is bound to look seasonally appropriate.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

18. Ashlyn Tie-Front Cardigan, $59 at Urban Outfitters

This one might not keep you super warm, but hey—it’s cute. And layers are fun.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

19. Utopia Cardi, $148 at Free People

Perfect for throwing over swimsuits, dresses and basically everything else in your closet.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

20. Oversized Patchwork Boucle Cardigan, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Colorful without feeling over-the-top.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

21. Andes Sweater, $649 at Free People

A statement piece in its own right.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

22. Na-kd Knitted Zip Cardigan, $43 at ASOS

In case you prefer zippers to buttons.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

23. Bricolage Cardigan, $170 at Anthropologie

A cardigan that makes the most of spring’s patchwork trend.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

24. Collusion Longline Cardigan, $40 at ASOS

Give us hot pink anything, and we’ll be pleased.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

25. Fine-Knit Ruffle-Detail Cardigan, $35 at ASOS

The only thing that could make a cute cropped cardigan more fun? Frills.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

26. Missguided Longline Cardigan, $48 at ASOS

An abstract take on the classic animal print.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

27. I’ll Be Just Line Striped Cardigan, $20 at Nasty Gal

So cute you’ll be tucking it into your favorite spring shorts and calling it a shirt.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

28. Fluffy Yarn Diamond Knit Cardigan, $48 at ASOS

A lightweight cardigan that doubles as a super snuggly blanket—we’ll take 12.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

29. Cap Marie V-Neck Knit Cardigan, $366 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.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

30. Splendid Phoenix Cardigan, $198 at Shopbop

You’re gonna have so much fun just running your hands up and down your sleeves.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

31. Ribbed Wrap Cardi, $108 at Free People

This one could definitely double as a comfy AF top.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

32. Miss Selfridge Contrast Stitch Cardigan, $46.50 at ASOS

A fashion-forward take on the grandpa cardigan.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

33. Twist Yarn Cardigan, $51 at ASOS

Is anything more quintessentially spring than a chartreuse and orange color combination?

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

34. Vintage Golf Cardigan, $39 at Urban Outfitters

More dad-worthy golf cardigans, because we can’t get enough.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

35. Glow for It Cardi, $71 at Revolve

Bring! On! The! Spring! Pastels!

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

36. Cloth & Stone Belted Chenille Cardigan, $69.95 at Anthropologie

Yet another robe—we’re here for this movement.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

37. Petite Maxi Cardigan, $60 at ASOS

Longline cardigans are the coziest way to do lightweight outerwear this spring.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

38. Glow for It Cardi, $108 at Free People

Perfect for brightening up even the laziest of outfits.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

39. 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.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

40. Framed Checkmate Knit Cardigan, $213 at Farfetch

Printed cardigans are totally on the sartorial menu.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

41. Run to You Cardi, $168 at Free People

Quite possibly the only cardigan we need this spring.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

42. 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.

STYLECASTER | It's Never Too Early to Find Your Go-To Spring Cardigan

43. 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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