The “Boring” Basic I Lowkey Need In My Closet Immediately

With the rise of the comfy wardrobe, we’ve seen the resurgence of some “boring” basics. Among them, button-down tops, slouchy pants, and leggings, which have worked their way back into the outfits of fashion people in a major way throughout 2020 and 2021. Another piece that has been bubbling up more recently? Black cardigans. While the staple might sound anything but exciting, it’s been spotted on the recent runways at Jacquemus and Altuzarra, which always means it’s something to keep your eye on. Plus, it’s been a key piece in the cool outfits on Instagram that have been on my radar recently.

The trick to pulling one off? It all comes down to the styling. Whether wearing tucked into jeans with a blazer layered on top, or with a pair of micro hot pants, the sky’s the limit. Ahead, I’m highlighting some of the best black cardigan outfit ideas to get you inspired. These are certainly making me rethink how to wear the closet basic.

Styling tip: Tuck the cardigan into jeans and layer a plaid blazer on top. Then, add a pair of loafers to finish the look.

Styling tip: Dress up bike shorts with a tissue-thin cardigan, polished heels, and a crossbody bag for an outfit that is cozy and incredibly chic.

Styling tip: Keep only the cardigan‘s top buttons fastened and the rest undone. Then, pair it with classic jeans and gold jewelry.

Styling tip: Liven up a standard cardigan with a pair of hot shorts and printed tights. This is a look I wouldn’t have come up with on my own but can’t stop thinking about it.

Styling tip: Looking for a new way to style your sweatpants? Add a cute cardigan, layers of necklaces, and a headband with a pop of color.

Styling tip: Add a pair of slouchy trousers and mules for an easy look that looks instantly put-together. I love the idea of sticking to neutral tones.

Styling tip: Balance out a pair of bold, printed pants with a black cardigan like our assistant market editor, Yusra Siddiqui is wearing here.

Styling tip: In my opinion, you can simply never go wrong with a matching set. Right now, there are so many cool takes on elevated loungewear.

Styling tip: Try adding an oversize blazer and tailored shorts for a classic, but modern, look. This is the perfect look to try out as we head into spring.

Styling tip: Add a cropped cardigan with a pair of jeans and a metal belt. I also love the idea of wearing the sweater open with a matching top underneath.

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