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The 18 Best Cardigans for Staying Cozy When It's Cold Out

There are so many options. Start here.

collage of three cardigans

The time is right for a cardigan. It's been on the return in recent years and is now here to stay for the foreseeable future. It's been written in the fashion stars and the turning leaves are mother nature's signal that it's time to enrobe yourself in layers.

What Is a Cardigan?

The cardigan just might be the ultimate layer. It's easier to don than a pullover; easier to doff when the weather gets warmer than you anticipated; and its open front design makes it easy to see all the layers you're sporting.

Spanning ivy and workwear, Scottish heritage and streetwear, the cardigan takes many forms. So whether you identify with hosting an acoustic set of your greatest hits, herding sheep, hosting a few neighbors or drinking a milkshake, there's a cardigan for you.

Want to know more about wool (and which to buy)? Read our dedicated guide to the 10 most popular types.

How to Wear a Cardigan

Texture — it’s what woolen knitwear offers that technical fabrics lack. Whether it’s the twist of a cable, the stippling of a seed stitch or the warble of a ribbing, the tactile variation in knitted garments is unmatched in the sartorial world. A piece of light outerwear, like a chunky cardigan, can add pattern and shape to an otherwise uninspired ensemble; throw a cardigan over your button-down for a knitted take on business casual, or rock one unbuttoned with a tee and jeans for a casual-cool weekend look. Treat the options below like your favorite jacket, and they’ll keep you warm while adding variety to your assemblage of cold-weather wears.

The Best Cardigans for Men

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Best Overall Cardigan
Jamieson's of Shetland V Neck Cardigan Sweater
Best Upgrade Cardigan
Universal Works Wool Fleece Cardigan
Best Affordable Cardigan
Uniqlo Lambswool Long-Sleeve Cardigan
Buck Mason Herdsman Shawl Cardigan
Alex Mill Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan
L.L. Bean Ragg Wool Cardigan
Schott The Motif Cardigan
Everlane The Merino-Blend Sweater Polo
Pendleton The Original Westerly Sweater
Faherty Marled Cotton Cardigan
Wax London Arid Cardigan
J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan Sweater
Taylor Stitch Crawford Sweater
Todd Snyder The Garment Dyed Cardigan
Inverallan 3A Lumber Cardigan
Cobain Mohair Cardigan
Checks Downtown Mohair Cardigan
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