If there’s one person in fashion who always continues to surprise us, it’s Alexa Chung. She’s got the quirkiest style but always seems true to herself, whether she’s wearing sneakers with dresses or a denim dress from her collaboration with A.G. Jeans.

Recently, she posted a pic of herself wearing a totally cool leather mini skirt and a graphic tee paired with a grandma-style cable knit cardigan. This proves she’s a fashion genius — she can mix literally anything together to make a killer outfit. Cardigans often get a bad reputation — they’re either your grandma’s prized possession or a utilitarian piece because your office is a refrigerator — but if Alexa’s any example, we can all start rocking cardigans in cool new ways. Here are three to start you off.


This look proves you can layer up without looking dowdy in a cardigan — try pairing it together with something super fashion-forward, like this jumpsuit. It’s the same principle that Alexa is using in her above snap, where she’s put together an edgy outfit and then added a surprising element. You’ll be cozy and comfortable and totally on trend at the same time. Keep things casual with white kicks and a bucket bag, but do you with some fringed, fun earrings.

Topshop Fisherman Cable Sweater ($74), River Island Khaki Jumpsuit ($76), Native Monaco Sneakers ($75), SWG Bucket Bag ($100), BaubleBar Pinata Earrings ($36)


Cardigans + the office = obvious, right? Not if it’s a wrap cardigan that’s helping give life to a late summer staple like this open shoulder dress. Some over-the-knee boots and a sculptural necklace keep the outfit trendy, while a satchel big enough for all your stuff keeps it practical.

Wilfred Free Gigi Sweater ($125), Mango Off the Shoulder Dress ($50), Halogen Noble Over the Knee Boot ($190), Argento Vivo Circle Collar Necklace ($75), Michael Kors Mercer Satchel ($298)


Yes, a cardi can look chic for date night! The cardigan here is stretchy and soft, and helps tone down the sexiness of the camisole. The addition of ripped jeans to this cami is a nice late 2000s throwback trend, but this time you’re making it cool with the addition of feminine accessories.

Zara Ribbed Cardigan ($40), The Kooples Silk Camisole ($159), Levi’s Boyfriend Jeans ($100), Ivanka Trump Lysa Pumps ($100), Kate Spade Cameron Street Bag ($198), Charming Charlie Royal Gem Statement Earrings ($14)

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