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.
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)
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)
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