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10 Taylor-Swift-Approved Cardigans for Fall

If you’re anything like me, folklore has been on repeat since Taylor Swift pleasantly surprised us with her eighth album on July 24.  Regardless of its peak summer release, it begs to be listened to while curled up in your coziest clothing on a rainy day —  a cardigan. 

While the use of “Cardigan” in Taylor Swift’s single serves as a metaphor, I think it’s only appropriate that we deem this the fall of cardigans. Below, I’ve rounded up my favorites to keep you warm while jamming to folklore this fall.

Cozy Cream

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Balloon Sleeve Cardigan, Lulu’s, $54, shop now

This cream colored cardigan with balloon sleeves strikes the perfect balance between cute and cozy. Pair it with your leggings and a tee shirt for a casual day at home or layer it over a lace camisole, boyfriend jeans, and booties for a socially distant bonfire.

Your New Go-To

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Maxi Cardigan, ASOS, $48, shop now

The maxi length of this cardigan means it basically feels like you’re wearing a blanket,  A.K.A. my dream everyday attire. Bonus: it’s made of recycled polyester, so it’s a sustainable option.

Mad for Plaid

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Plaid Button Down Cardigan, Kohl’s, $23, shop now

Plaid is always a festive option when dressing for fall. The blush tones in this cropped cardi lend a softer feel to the classic print. Pair it with high waisted skinny jeans or a denim skirt and over the knee boots for a stylish fall ‘fit.

Pretty in Puff

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Puff Sleeve Cropped Cardigan, Abercrombie, $59, shop now

This cropped cardigan is given a trendy twist with puff sleeves. Wear it on its own or as an extra layer on chilly fall days.

Light Layers

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Open Stitch Cardigan, Target, $28, shop now

The open knit of this cardigan makes it the perfect light layering piece for the transition from summer to fall. Layer it over your bikini and shorts for those last summer beach nights or pair it with a midi dress and booties for brisk autumn days.

That's a Wrap

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Wrap Cardigan, & Other Stories, $59, shop now

I am living for the punchy turquoise shade of this cardigan. Not to mention its wrap silhouette is super flattering on any body type because it cinches in your waistline.

Trendy Tiger

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Fuzzy Knit Cardigan, Lulu’s, $98, shop now

Animal print has been given an update. The tiger print of this cardigan is the 2020 version of the cheetah print trend. Plus, its eyelash knit means it’s seriously soft.

Comfy & Cute

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Open Ribbed Long Cardigan, Kohl’s, $25, shop now

A classic ribbed cardigan is a staple for any fall wardrobe. It’s perfect for throwing on another layer during class or for the finishing touch on your remote internship outfit (gotta look cute on Zoom!)

Classic Cardi

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All Yours Cardi, Free People, $50, shop now

The bold fiery red of this cardigan is a showstopper on its own. An instant classic, pair this one with your favorite mom jeans and leather booties.

THE Cardigan

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The “Cardigan”, Taylor Swift, $49, shop now

Of course, I had to include the cardigan worn by Taylor Swift herself in the “Cardigan” music video. This retro style cardigan features dark gray trim, black buttons, and silver star embroidery. BRB while I add this to my cart.

No matter your style, there’s a cardigan out there for everyone. Pretend you’re in the music video Channel your inner Taylor Swift and rock your coziest cardigans all season long (ofc while listening to the song).

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Carli is a 2022 grad of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and served as the style section editor for Her Campus. After being a national style writer for Her Campus, she launched Her Campus FIT. A born and raised Jersey Girl, she is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. In her spare time she loves running, jamming to Taylor Swift, and tracking down the best burgers. Find her on Instagram @carliannescloset.
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