Chunky cardigans sweaters don’t come back strong than a ’90s trend, they’re honestly just timeless. But maybe with Taylor Swift’s new albums (featuring one of the songs of summer, “Cardigan”) we’ve more inspired to embrace the cottagecore trend (aka, all things cozy). Cardigans are easy and can be studious and cute depending on how you wear them, but there’s no wrong way to wear them. Throw them over a tank you’re wearing with your sweats and immediately feel more buttoned up, literally. Pair one with any kind of dressy ensemble, and you’ve got yourself a holiday portrait-worthy look. Cardigans and jeans? Classic. It’s no wonder we want a few chunky cardigans in our wardrobe — they’re a staple. Here are some of our favorites.
The best chunky cardigans:
What is it about cold weather and buffalo plaid that just makes you want to curl up by a roaring fire? Heck, with the new WTH norm, throw on the Yskkt Buffalo Plaid Open Front Cardigan, skip that zoom meeting, and put that fireplace to good use instead. Regardless if you hop on that video call or play hooky from work (the internet does crash from time to time you know), Aliya suggests light layers to “add interest to your Zoom outfit without adding bulk on camera”. This one just happens to be extra fun! One Amazon customer reviewed “I like the way this looks on. Not too bulky, but still warm. It’s not restrictive in the arms or shoulders (and my arms are not small) Very pleased with this item. Cute and Comfortable!” Buffalo plaid is perfect for every age and every size, and this cardigan is perfect for every body available in size small through 5X.
This is one of Amazon’s favorite cardigans (it has over 8,300 5-star reviews!), probably because its extra cozy with its popcorn material that feels like you’re cuddled up in a cloud. Coming in 28 colors and up to XX-Large, people love how loose-fitting this cardigan is, and how it makes any outfit look cozy and put together.
Looking for a cardigan that’s a bit more dressed up but still perfectly cozy? This loose-fitting vintage cream cardigan has a spread collar to give it more ~class~ as well as pearl buttons.
If you’re looking for something that has bulk but still has the cardigan’s more dainty qualities (versus a cable-knit fisherman’s sweater), Everlane has the perfect option. It’s on the pricier side, but you’re really paying for the quality and style. Made of merino wool, pima cotton, and alpaca, this crewneck cardigan is made for heavy duty winters. Every detail is thought out, like the beautiful, big tortoiseshell buttons and chunky rib detailing.
Looking for something that is truly the definition of “chunky”? This slouchy cardigan has super loose, long sleeves and 15+ colors to choose from. It’s also available up to XX-Large. “This is my new go-to sweater. It’s extremely comfortable and matches with everything. Cozy, without being frumpy. Didn’t have to size up for cozy, oversized fit. Perfect amount of room in regular size,” one customer wrote.
This is the cardigan we’d wear if we owned a Western-style home in New Mexico with a porch and rocking chair looking at the vast desert. Yup, we know that specific. This wool, acrylic, and nylon blend make this cardigan soft and durable (we still wear Lucky Brand sweaters that were purchased in the early 2000s!), and the pattern adds some personality for those of you who wish you could escape to the Wild West.
This best-seller come in three winter-y colors (Enchanted Forest Green, Cool Beige, and White) that are made of a wool, nylon, and spandex mix that makes for a soft and stretchy warm sweater for colder weather. It has a relaxed fit that pairs well with anything from a T-shirt and leggings to a formal dress with some boots. Its cropped, so if you’re looking for a longer length, this ain’t it. But it’s perfect for a high waist jean or skirt combo, something that really shows off and accentuates your waist and hips.
You can always count on GAP for the basics. This striped cardigan adds a little color to your cardigan collection, if you ever want to veer away from all the solids. This one is soft and has extra long sleeves.
Another solid pick from Amazon, this cardigan is super soft and something you can throw on in a pinch. It comes in 20 different colors and are loved by customers. “I LOVE this sweater! It is perfect. The sleeves aren’t tight, the sweater fits loose, as I so wanted it to, it is soft & not itchy at all. It is beautiful. It goes below my bottom feels very comfortable. Thank you…I LOVE THIS,” one customer wrote.
Want something festive? L.L. Bean has plenty of options (they have super cozy solid colors, too) which are cute and comfy. Aside from always fitting perfectly, L.L. Bean is known for its high-quality (you probably still own a sweater from your high school days that’s in perfect shape, no matter how many washes). This cardigan (made of 100% cotton —definitely do not machine dry!) has a high collar, keeping your neck warm through the winter, too.
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