3 Chic Ways To Wear A Long Summer Cardigan. Hello Style, Goodbye Schlump.

The unsung hero of summer accessorizing in neutral colors and lightweight fabrics you will live in.
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It’s hard to dress just right for today’s temperatures—not too warm, not too cold—possibly because these days the temperature is a moving target. Wild weather fluctuations, blasted air conditioning, and, ahem, one’s own personal heating and cooling system that’s sometimes out of whack, makes the hot-cold-hot waves come at you fast and furiously. Trust us, we get it.

The answer, of course, is to dress in layers. But summertime is a more relaxed time of year for most, and things like blazers and other structured jackets can feel too…confining.

Our solution? Lightweight, knit dusters—the longer cousin of the trusty cardigan.

But take note: cardigans can look dated if not picked and styled appropriately. First, seek out neutral, go-with-all colors or upbeat seasonal shades like powder blue. Second, the midi versions are in and offer a great style statement (and we'll take the extra butt coverage!). Finally, look to pair your duster with pants or a body skimming knit dress of the same length to avoid looking too "work-y."

Our picks are delicate enough to layer over everything from day to night. Here's three ways to style the midi cardigan and our favorite picks of the season.

Casual Cardigan Look: Monochrome In Summer White

PICTURED ABOVE: Cardigan: Lauren Ralph Lauren ($101.50); Top: Banana Republic ($45); Pants: Spanx ($128); Sandals: A’mmonde Atelier ($242); Sunglasses: Maui Jim ($299); Bracelets: J.Crew ($29.50); Blush: Westman Atelier ($48)

Threadbare Rosemary Longline Maxi Cardigan
Able Elizabeth Rib Midi Cardigan
Retrofete Amanda Sweater
Liverpool Los Angeles Open Front Cardigan
Lauren Ralph Lauren Open Front Cardigan

Work Cardigan Look: Sophisticated Naturals

PICTURED ABOVE: Cardigan: Liverpool Los Angeles ($129); Top: Banana Republic ($65); Pants: Gap ($55); Sandals: Homers ($283); Earrings: Banana Republic ($140); Bracelets: Banana Republic ($39.99) and Banana Republic ($44.99)

Quince Australian Merino Wool Open Cardigan Sweater

Liverpool Los Angeles Open Front Cardigan
Neu Nomads Cotton/Cashmere Long Cardigan

Weekend Cardigan Look: Pop of Color

PICTURED ABOVE: Cardigan: Frame ($299.60); Top: Lilysilk ($75.99); Jeans: Levi’s ($69.50); Flats: Seychelles ($115); Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff ($248); Earrings: Nordstrom ($39); Lip Balm: Kosas ($18)

Nordstrom Everyday Open Front Cardigan
Monrow Supersoft Sweater Knit Cardigan
Frame Rib-Knit Long Cardigan

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