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Fall is all about layering — here are 38 cardigans perfect for the job

The look that never goes out of style.
Three images of different Women wearing different colors and styles of Cardigans for fall
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Now that fall is here, it's time to break out our coziest sweaters and cardigans. Having a go-to cardigan is perfect for days when you're lounging around the house or for adding a pop of color to your outfit.

As the weather cools down, cardigans make for a great lightweight layer, especially on those in-between days where it's not warm enough to lose an outer layer altogether, but it's also not cold enough to wear a heavy jacket.

You can never have too many basic cardigans, so we searched for some of the bestselling styles from retailers like Amazon, Nordstrom and Target. Whether it's a classic black button-down or a bold statement piece, these picks are sure to elevate your fall wardrobe.

To shop this article by category, click on the links below. Otherwise, keep scrolling to browse all 38 fall-inspired options.

Best knit cardigans

H&M Fine-Knit Cardigan

Basics are a closet essential, which is why having just one is never enough! This classic crew neck is a layering must-have with a chic neckline and buttons to adjust to your personal style.

Uniqlo Rib-Knit Extra-Fine Merino Wool Cardigan

Ribbed knit clothing has been trending for some time now. This slim-fit cardigan is perfect for achieving that comfortable-but-still-chic look that requires little styling effort. It's made from fine Merino wool and also comes in four fall-inspired color options.

Luvamia Cable Knit Pocket Cardigan

This closet staple will not only help keep you warm, but it can also dress up even your most casual look. The cardigan comes in several colors, as well as a second style with buttons, for you to stock up on.

Zesica Chunky Knit Batwing Cardigan

We all have our go-to seasonal favorites, but this cardigan aims to be your year-round go-to. This highly rated style has an oversized design to help create a flowing feel.

ANBI Striped Knit Sweater

Make your cardigan the focus of your next outfit with a fun, multicolored style. This design was made with a mix of polyester and cotton for added comfort. No matter where you're going, this versatile piece could be your newest go-to.

Astylish Chunky Long Sleeve Cardigan

The slouchy design of this oh-so-trendy cardigan could be perfect to pair with your trusty leggings on a day that falls on the cooler side this fall.

Old Navy Pointelle-Knit Cardigan

This cardigan is ideal for the transition into cooler weather and makes for the perfect layer when it's freezing in the morning but feels warm out by noon. It comes in four different color options that are all perfect for fall.

Best button-down cardigans

Sidefeel Button Down Sweater

Whether you're running errands or staying home, this cardigan will aim to provide you with comfort and style. The knit design offers texture and added comfort, and it even comes in 25 different colors and patterns.

Zesica Leopard Print Cardigan

Take your closet to the next level with a printed cardigan. The leopard-inspired look comes in 27 different colors and patterns, including basic solids. The material is made from a mix of viscose, nylon and polyester for added softness and stretch.

A New Day Button-Front Cardigan

Whether you're staying inside or enjoying the outdoors (while you can), an extra layer is nice to have for those brisker days. This cardigan was designed with rib-knit detailing and has four colors available for you to stock up on.

Merokeety Snap Button Down Cardigan

Give your closet a stylish upgrade with this sweater that's designed to be comfortable and trendy. Moving away from the traditional cardigan, this one was made with snap closures. The long length is designed to reach your hips, and it comes in 33 colors and patterns.

Sidefeel Button Up Hooded Cardigan

Ditch your sweatshirt for the chic look of this hooded cardigan. This sweater was made with a cable knit design for a comfortable fit and also features button closures and a spacious hood.

Madewell Clemence Cropped Cardigan

This cropped cardigan is perfect for those warmer fall days when you want to add a little something to your look. The ribbed detailing keeps it on trend for the season and the cropping makes it fun and playful. It is also available in Heather Camel and Antique Cream.

Vero Moda Lea Blouson Sleeve Cardigan

Fall is a great time to try out fun sleeves! This cardigan from Nordstrom is great for dressing up an outfit or for wearing alone as a stylish button-up shirt.

Best wrap cardigans

Imily Bela Batwing Wrap Cardigan

This could be the perfect transitional piece for your closet with its loose-fit design and high-cuffed sleeves. The cable knit and chunky fabric can also add some texture to your fall outfits.

Karen Scott Cotton Cozy Cardigan

A soft, cotton cardigan is a must-have for your fall wardrobe. Throw it on over some joggers and a T-shirt for added comfort while running errands or over a blouse and dress pants to emphasize work-from-home chic.

Lands' End Open-Front Long Cardigan Sweater

Stay on trend without sacrificing comfort in this Lands' End cardigan in the shade "Pale Jade." Not your color? You have no shortage of options here as there are 11 other colorways and patterns to choose from.

Nic + Zoe 4-Way Cardigan

For maximum versatility, this cardigan can be worn in four different ways. You can keep it relaxed, tie the ends together, style it twisted or crisscross the two sides and secure with the buttons on the side.

Who What Wear Cream Cardigan

Embrace the cozy-chic style with this belted cardigan. The neutral cream color makes it the perfect piece to keep in rotation all year long.

Ugg Phoebe Wrap Cardigan

Not only does this cardigan look super comfy, the open-front drape adds another layer to your look. This piece screams work-from-home chic. It's also available in four additional colors and patterns.

More bestselling cardigans

A New Day Open-Front Cardigan

Cozy, chic and easy to layer, this basic cardigan can make any outfit in your wardrobe feel more stylish. It comes in seasonal colors like Brown and Burgundy to spruce up your fall looks, too.

American Eagle AE Striped Cropped Cardigan

Knit with cozy yarns, this cardigan will help you transition into colder days. The striped design and boxy cut will pair effortlessly with a suede skirt or your favorite pair of jeans.

Merokeety Chunky Open Front Cardigan

This sweater comes in 35 different colors and is also made of 100% polyester. The popcorn yarn fabric is perfect for pairing with your favorite trousers or leggings.

Ecowish Draped Kimono Cardigan

Add a pop of color to your fall wardrobe by experimenting with a printed sweater. This leopard-print cardigan could make the perfect statement piece, and its acrylic knit will offer a cozy, lightweight feel.

Grecerelle Loose Open Front Cardigan

Whether you're in need of neutral colors like black and white or something a bit more vibrant, this cardigan comes in 27 different shades and patterns to choose from. The cable knit piece was designed with optimal comfort in mind and even comes with two pockets for storing small essentials.

Gap Factory Open-Front Cardigan

Looking to add a bit of length to your outfit? Try a longer cardigan. The open-front design of this soft-knit style by Gap Factory is a great option for lounging around the house or dressing up your work outfit.

Traleubie Boho Boyfriend Cardigan

Don't let tight, restrictive cardigans take away from your comfort. This boyfriend-inspired cardigan will provide a loose and flowing feel while keeping you warm during those crisp fall nights.

Chicgal Puff Sleeve Kimono Cardigan

Florals for fall? Groundbreaking! This kimono cardigan was designed with puff sleeves for a lightweight feel and will upgrade your casual outfit to business-casual on warmer fall days.

Urban CoCo Drape Open Front Cardigan

If you're in a rush, don't worry — just drape this cardigan over your casual top. The multipurpose style was designed with an asymmetrical hem that naturally folds to provide a slimming effect.

BB&KK Floral Kimono Cardigan

Bring a vintage-inspired look to your closet with this boho-style kimono. This cardigan was made to be flowing and loose-fitting to create a lightweight feel. Pair it with your favorite casual fall dress or a pair of jeans for a dressed-up look.

Grace Karin Long Knitted Cardigan

Want to look put-together on even your most casual days? That's where a vibrant cardigan can come in handy! Stock up on one or more of the 42 colors this cardigan comes in and get ready to bundle up in style.

Olrain Sheer Kimono Cardigan

This kimono-style cardigan was made to be lightweight enough to layer over your favorite basic tops. The chic fabric is designed with chiffon, polyester and lace to provide a sheer and trendy look.

Kirundo Colorblock Long Cardigan

For an eye-catching addition to your outfit, you may love this colorblock cardigan. The sweater was designed to look like a jacket so that you can go from lounging to running errands with ease.

POGTMM Maxi Cardigan

A maxi cardigan will add some dramatic length to any outfit. Designed to be flowing and lightweight, this piece can be draped over your go-to loungewear or favorite jeans and T-shirt for a sleeker look.

Halogen Leopard Print Cardigan

Rather than sport a basic tee and jeans, consider adding this leopard-print cardigan to your closet. Designed to be a lightweight transitional sweater, this cardigan also features side slits to help with ventilation.

Tickled Teal Lace Trim Wrap Cardigan

Dress up your next outfit with a bit of lace. This long cardigan was designed with a trendy lace trim around the edges and features an open-front design.

Made By Johnny Short Sleeve Cardigan

This is perfect for those early fall days when the weather is not cold enough for a jacket, but not warm enough to ditch an outer layer. The short-sleeved design can be worn year-round, whether you pair it with a long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirt.

Lovaru Boho Colorblock Sweater

Skip the traditional cardigan and consider adding a longer one to your collection. The length adds extra coverage to help keep you warmer on those cooler days. With 21 colors to choose from, you can pick up one for any outfit!

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