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Cuddle Up With These 7 Cozy Summer Cardigans

Make sweater weather last all year long.


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There’s no easier way to pull an outfit together than to throw a cardigan on. Your comfiest sweatpants and a T-shirt suddenly look chic when you pull a stylish sweater over them — and there’s nothing better for covering up your derriere when you’re rocking a pair of leggings.

When warm weather comes, many of us tuck our sweaters away in storage to wait for next fall. But there’s no reason you can’t keep sweater season going all year long! We’ve rounded up a selection of ultra-comfy lightweight summer cardigans that are perfect for indoor and outdoor wear, right through the steamiest months of the year.

Even better, many of these sweaters, all from Nordstrom, are on sale right now. Snap them up while you can, and spend your summer cuddled up in a cardigan that feels as cozy as your favorite pjs. Keep scrolling to see Woman’s World’s picks for the best lightweight summer cardigans.

1. Rag & Bone Dianna Cardigan

lightweight summer cardigan

A merino-wool blend makes this cardigan light enough for warm weather, while smart stripes dress it up enough for work-from-home meetings or neighborhood block parties (when we can have those again). A V-neck and button front add extra touches of sophistication, while its long length and slouchy sleeves lends it that casual air perfect for summer.

Where to buy: $296.25 (Originally $395), Nordstorm

2. Eileen Fisher Long Cardigan

eileen fisher black summer cardigan

Organic cotton and an airy, open-knit pattern make this long, open-front cardigan soft and breathable. The bracelet-length sleeves won’t get in the way when you’re typing, cooking, or crafting, and basic black means it goes with anything. You can hand-wash or dry clean this one!

Where to buy: $278, Nordstrom

3. Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan

barefoot dreams summer cardigan

This super-cozy knit cardigan has pockets and is machine wash-and-dry-able — two things we love in any item of clothing. Made of a nylon-rayon blend and available in five muted colors, this is a sweater to live in. One recent reviewer wrote, “Since I’m spending so much time at home now it’s nice to have something so soft to just throw on anytime. It’s like wearing the coziest blanket.”

Where to buy: $116, Nordstrom

4. Barefoot Dreams Island Cardigan

draped denim blue lightweight summer cardigan

Another option from Barefoot dreams, this draped wrap cardigan is even more blanket-like than the one above. It also has pockets, and you can machine wash and tumble dry it, making it easy to wear and easy to care for. “I wear this almost every other day; it’s the coziest cardigan,” wrote one happy buyer. “I bought it as a gift for my mom and sister-in-law as well!”

Where to buy: $110, Nordstrom

5. Madewell Bradley Cardigan

lightweight summer cardigan in marled gray

This cotton-blend cardigan hits all the marks: pockets, machine-wash-tumble-dry, ultra-lightweight for summer, super-versatile, and super-cute. The rolled trim and ribbed cuffs add a nice touch, and patch pockets are stylish and convenient — perfect for stashing your phone! Reviewers recommend sizing down if you prefer a more fitted look, as it’s naturally slouchy and oversized.

Where to buy: $79.50, Nordstrom

6. Madewell Ryder Cardigan

striped orange madewell cardigan

Wrap yourself in comfort and style with this long, drapey Madewell cardigan. Made of a cotton blend, it’s got a front-button closure, pockets, and a sweet double-stripe pattern. “It’s truly a summer cardigan — light, airy, and doesn’t stick to you,” wrote one buyer. “Length is perfect, not too short and not too long.” Sounds perfect to us!

Where to buy: $41.70 (Originally $69.50), Nordstrom

7. Chelsea28 Lightweight V-Neck Cardigan

lightweight summer cardigan

A touch of cashmere adds extra softness to this lightweight sweater, which is made primarily of a viscose-nylon-polyester blend. With a V-neck, front patch pockets, ribbed trim, and side slits, it’s stylish, comfortable, and goes with anything. Hand wash this one, which is available in oatmeal (pictured) or classic black.

Where to buy: $31.60 (Originally $79), Nordstrom

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