A cardigan is a staple for any woman's wardrobe. It's that quintessential piece you can wear with just about everything: over a dress, with jeans or paired with a pencil skirt. The right cardigan can give your outfit polish or provide an otherwise neutral palette with an unexpected pop of color. You can find cardigans all over in many colors and styles depending on what you need it for or what you're planning on wearing with it. When you find a cardigan you like, it pays to buy it in several shades. You can never go wrong with a few in different colors to wear and wear over again. To help you find the prettiest, most style -appropriate cardigans around, here are our favorite places to shop for the iconic piece.
This is the mothership for buying cardigans year round. In the winter, you'll find a variety of styles and colors in fabrics like merino wool and cashmere. In the summer, the store features silk, linen and cotton. J.Crew offers styles that are on trend for prices that are actually affordable. You'll find cropped styles, boyfriend cuts or tie-front shawl-collar sweaters.
Your go-to shop for basics, Banana has cardigans that range from trendy to conservative, depending on your style. Long, cropped, embellished, short-sleeved, whatever style you're looking for is most likely available here. It almost never pays to buy retail at Banana Republic, because they have sales quite frequently and you can find cardigans at a fraction of the original price. Another factor to note: they carry petite and tall sizes, to accommodate a variety of figures.
Home of the cable knit cardigan in every color of the rainbow, you can most likely find any hue you dream of here. The Blue label will run you about $300 for a wool belted cardigan; $698 for a hand-knit and $300 for a linen ruched style. The Lauren line and RLX line are less pricey and range from about $100 to $230.
Known for corporate dressing, Ann Taylor has standard styles that are office appropriate. And thanks to a recent brand makeover, you can also find styles that are more fun and whimsical to wear after hours or on weekends. The brand offers petites and tall sizing, so there's something for everyone. It fits true to size if not a little larger. Prices range from about $68 to $118, but you can often find sales both in store and online.
A department store like Bloomingdales is a great resource to find styles that run from standard to contemporary and come in a wide range of prices depending on the brand. Bloomingdales also features its own line of classic sweaters, Sutton Studio, which come in an array of styles, colors and fabrics you can find year round. For more whimsical styles, peruse the Aqua section. It's the store's more contemporary line, which features trendy cardigans at a price point that's affordable.