Cardigans are a wardrobe staple for working gals. Whether it´s to cover your shoulders from the air condition at the office or to protect yourself from the cool spring breeze, they are the quickest to put on. But not only for protection, this layering piece can also add details and interest to an outfit. Yet, where professionalism and work etiquette are required, you have to choose the styles of cardigans that are safe to wear to work.
1. Navy Ribbed Waist
Lilly Pulitzer Women’s Daisy Cardigan Sweater
From its color, true navy, to its long sleeves and ribbed waist, this Daisy cardigan sweater is made to wear to the office. It works with everything and anything, definitely a great investment and a key staple to your work wardrobe. I love how its gold-tone button plackets create a nice contrast with the navy, and I adore its subtle hint of girly, the decorative bow pockets.
2. Long Sleeve Front Striped Cardigan
Knits by Hampshire Women’s Long Sleeve Front Striped Cardi
How do you inject the seasoned nautical trend which is a trademark of spring to the office? Layer this striped cardigan with a nude midi dress or over an all-black ensemble.
3. Three Quarter Sleeve Stripe Cardigan
Knits by Hampshire Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Edge To Edge Stripe Cardigan
Yet another nautical! But with its yellow and navy horizontal stripes, you know it´s meant to be worn to work. Look smart with a white top and a navy trouser.
4. Curve Hem Duet Sweater
Sag Harbor Women’s Curve Hem Duet Sweater
What drew me to this cardigan is its bolero-inspired curve hem, I love it! On days when you mean business, create a tonal ensemble with this birth shade cardigan; but when you want to simply embrace the spring season, opt for the beach-glass, mint shade alternative. I highly advise you to get it in these two colors.
5. Colored Wrap Cardigan Sweater
Aventura Women’s Kyle Wrap Cardigan Sweater
Although it´s available in five different colors, I went for this flamingo for its ability to quickly boost a rather dull office look. But be careful, this open front cardigan can easily hint you´re in your middle age.
6. Tweed Drape Cardigan Sweater
C&C California Women’s Tweed Drape Cardigan Sweater
For non-corporate offices where going low-key chic is allowed, this really CHIC long tweed cardigan can make you feel like you´re working for Vogue.
7. Open Cardigan Sweater with Pleats
Colour Works Women’s Merino Open Cardigan Sweater with Pleats
This cardigan with pleats is definitely sophisticated. I went for the royal blue because I simply couldn´t resist its stunning color, but if you can afford it, take it in light gray, black, and charcoal as well. With its very big cut in price right now, you´ll never regret it.
8. Floral Intarsia Open-Cardigan Sweater
Jones New York Women’s Floral Intarsia Open-Cardigan Sweater
Want to keep your outfit monochrome but still detailed? Throw over this floral patterned black and white cardigan.
9. Basic Black Cropped Cardigan
Calvin Klein Women’s Basic Black Cardigan
We all know that glamourous midi full skirts are all the rage this season, right? How would you wear a pleated midi skirt in black to work? Team it with a simple white top, tucked in, and layered with this basic cropped cardigan.
10. Fringe Sweater Coat
Lucky Brand Women’s Fringe Sweater Coat
This sweater cardigan can function as a coat. What I really like about it is its bracelet sleeve which looks so gorgeous on top of a long sleeve button down shirt.
11. Tunic Cardigan
Three Dots Women’s Hooded Tunic Cardigan
Ready for a comfy but still work-appropriate casual Friday? Then put on this fabulous tunic cardigan for a juicy TGIF.
12. Yarn Cardigan Sweater
Sag Harbor Women’s Tape Yarn Cardigan Sweater
This yarn cardigan sweater looks most professional in white and navy (it´s available in these two sophisticated shades) but if you want your spring work looks to be more interesting, pick the bright colors. They have it in light coral and sunshine.
13. Button-Front Cardigan Sweater
Three Dots Women’s Button-Front Cardigan Sweater
This button front cardigan does have I´m-an-intern qualities, but hey, you can never go wrong with a roomy long sleeve cardigan in black!
So what do you think, girls? How much thought do you put on choosing your cardigans for work? Do you coordinate them with your work outfits or do you simply grab whatever is in the closet?