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Few can forget one of Katie Holmes' most iconic moments of the decade: thanks to an all too reliable shoulder slide, the celebrity turned a simple cardigan into an internet phenomenon. Yes, cardigans all over. And if the spring slopes were a sign of it, it wouldn't slow down so quickly.
Instead of the traditional button-ups from the past (you know, the styles that contaminate your thrift store, or the neutral color palettes associated with primary school uniforms), designers give us some fresh takes. The sweater is now available in pastel shades with mother-of-pearl buttons, delicate collars and cute puff sleeves. These are styles that are worth standing alone as a top. So we've summarized the eight best ways you can wear a cardi this season. Sorry, autumn – spring is just around the corner for the new cozy season.
Get to know the cardigan style that fits just right. The length doesn't differ too much from the buttonless wool blend styles we reserve for long-haul flights and our desk (cursing this office air conditioner), but something about the slim fit makes it different. Kudos if you can find a suitable set like The Line by K below.
Crop tops can regain their throne as soon as summer arrives. This season we draw our attention to the short cardigan.
We can't target cardigans without putting the old school iteration in the spotlight. Fortunately, they are no longer like this ho-hum. If the traditional sweater style is more your pace, there are many modern iterations that spice it up, like light green colors, contrasting hems, and well-placed extra fabric.
I wish I had a time machine so I could tell middle school that the midi to maxi cardigan would see the light of day again. Like most things, we have to thank Jacquemus for this revival. Hopefully the trend will last longer than in the early morning.
To be honest, most of this season's cardigans can be worn alone as a top, but some walk the extra stretch. Between additional collars and short sleeve styles, it might be time to finally give up your plain old t-shirts.
Novel buttons, embroidery, puff sleeves, oh my god! Some cardigans have gone the extra mile this season. There is no excuse to ever choose a dirty sweater again.
This is a very specific style, but it is gaining ground. In contrast to standard buttonholes, expect an additional look through the loops. Although the effect is not very bra-friendly, it gives this "grandma" stack a sexy touch.
If you don't have any in your closet yet, it may be time to fix it. The coarse knitted cardigan is the staple food for autumn that doesn't work as well in spring.
Next is the relapse top that comes back.