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Cardigans are a wardrobe essential, but they also happen to be consistently trendy. What’s the newest stylish take on cardigan outfits? Well, with an influx of ’90s and early-aughts looks over the past several seasons, the current trend is all about wearing these sweaters as tops, whether it’s thin and cropped like a baby tee or rendered in a classic silhouette in a bright color or logo pattern.

The cardigan styles out there truly run the gamut. You can layer a cropped cardigan over a dress, a short-sleeved cardigan on top of a long-sleeved shirt, or a long cardigan sweater over a skirt, or simply throw on a cardigan dress. There are also chunkier and lightweight cardigans out there that are great for styling as tops. If duster cardigans or long cardigan sweaters are more your speed, you can style them in the same manner as your favorite thin jacket.

The freshest way to wear your cardigan is with just a few buttons secured at the top and several left open for a chic reveal of skin – or as a mid-layer between a lightweight top and a trusty coat for transitional and cool weather. The best thing about cardigans? They’re perfect for lounging around the house or when you want an outfit that looks just dressed enough but not overdone.

Now is a great time to reach for the beloved knit you already have, or pick up a new cardigan, and give the design a fresh spin via the creative and diverse outfit ideas ahead.

Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak