The cardigan may get a bad rap for its prim and properness—think: Sandy Olsson pre-makeover in Grease—but the preppy sweater has emerged as one of the most versatile layering pieces of winter. Just take a look at some of our favorite best-dressed A-listers, who have been wearing the item with aplomb. "It" girl Kendall Jenner wears hers long, while George’s main squeeze Amal makes a graphic statement with her black short-sleeved cardi and slim white pants. Elsewhere, model Emily Ratajkowski goes for a casual look with flared jeans, printed top, and half up-half down topknot. Ahead, we break down the style rules for wearing a cardigan today in the most fashionable ways.
1. Go Short
This isn't your grandma's cardigan, thanks to its short sleeves and slim cut. Look for style similar to Amal Clooney's, and make sure to leave the top button open.
2. Opt for Long and Loose
Not only does Kendall Jenner make a monochromatic statement with her beige cardigan and matching pants, she treats her sweater like a sweeping duster coat.
3. Make a '70s Statement
The '70s have been trending for a while now, and Emily Ratajkowski proves its staying power with a cardigan that she styled with a ruffled printed top, flared jeans, and mustard heels.
4. Wear It Solo
Sienna Miller treats her cardi like a top by wearing it solo—stick to neutrals like navy and black to make a simple and sophisticated statement.
5. Select A Dressy Style
Lace sleeves and a double-breasted fit dress up Alicia Vikander's black caridgan. Look for elaborate and ornate details to really wow.
6. Cazh It Up
Cool girl Jessica Alba is known for her street style and this outfit is made by her chunky slouchy oversized cardigan casually worn over one shoulder.
7. Play with Prints
Hearts in bright red update Emma Roberts's oversize cardigan—look for fun, whimisical prints with a girly edge.