Cardigans get a bad wrap. For years fashion followers have considered the comfy sweaters too prim and proper for wear. But cardigans are not as conservative as they seem. Layer a basic cardigan over dresses and summer tanks. All it takes is a bold belt or chain necklace to toughen it up. Of course preppy isn’t so bad either. Penny loafers and plaid are two of fall’s hottest trends, so stock up.

Here are a few of our favorites.


Delia’s Blair Preppy Cardigan, $44.50, at

J. Crew Snow-Leopard-Print Tartine Cardigan, $69.99. at

Banana Republic Tall Merino Wool Long Cardigan, $55.30, at

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