Of all the trends in cardigans we’re seeing in spring, the one I am the most excited to wear is the Varsity Cardigan, or boyfriend style.
With a collegiate, preppy vibe and a sprinkle of 90’s nostalgia, it’s hard not to love.
So I was eager to create today’s How to Wear it.
I even surprised myself with the amount of versatility this will add to your closet.
How to Wear a Varsity Cardigan
Varsity Cardigan Sweater, $158
First let’s talk about the cardigan, what we call the “key piece.” This is the item you are creating an outfit around and the center of our How to Wear it series.
Today, I’m featuring this relaxed boucle cardigan from J.Crew.
Another option you can wear in the same way is this one from Gap, in wheat or navy, in sizes XXS – XXL. It’s on sale right now for under $50.
Okay, now for the outfits.
I created three different looks. Because the cardigan is trimmed in navy, I’m working with that in the bottoms, with jeans, navy shorts and navy double knit leggings.
And you’ll notice with all of these looks I am using the Nic + Zoe Perfect tank, a great staple piece to have on hand.
You can wear any simple white layer, like a tee shirt, the point is that the cardigan is the top and only needs a light under piece.
This is the easiest outfit and is so cute.
I’m using these best selling jeans by Madewell. I absolutely love Madewell jeans, and appreciate the fact that they have sizes including petite and tall.
The fray hem is an extra casual detail. If you don’t like the raw hem, wear any straight or skinny jean you have.
Then, these Rothy flats in beige. I did order these in a half-size up from my usual and they fit well.
For accessories and jewelry, keep it simple. I using these classic gold hoops that are under $15 on Amazon. I have the smallest size option and they are fantastic.
One of my favorite ways to wear shorts is with a long sleeve top, it helps create balance and looks polished.
Here I’m using navy paperbag shorts from Boden, available in sizes 2 -22. If you’d rather wear a traditional short, that would look lovely too.
The Nic + Zoe tank is nice here since you can tuck it in smoothly.
Finally, a sporty, casual outfit ideal for a day of errand-running or travel.
I’m using the Sloan Legging from Banana Republic in navy (because the trim of the cardigan is navy). These are available in all sizes 0 – 20, including petite. They are currently on sale for an additional 40% off of $89.
Then, these Veja sneakers with navy detail. They work here, or would look great with jeans.