The Perfect $30 Spring Cardigan

Happy Saturday, friends! If you’re a regular reader, this cardigan probably isn’t new to you, but I did want to feature it in a dedicated blog post because it’s so good! I wore it at Disney World, and I’ve already worn it a few more times since I’ve been home.

This is the perfect casual cardi for layering over a t-shirt or tank and wearing with jeans or jean shorts.

It’s made of a super soft jersey material, so it’s more sweatshirt than sweater, but it doesn’t look extremely casual either. It has a hood and pockets — both nice details. It really does look and feel more expensive than it is.

I have the rose, but it also comes in several other solids as well as a few marled and striped color ways. It also comes in a non-hooded version, if you prefer.

For size reference, I have the small. It definitely runs big, but I washed and dried it before I took these pictures, and it fits perfectly now, so I’m glad I didn’t size down to an XS.

I’ve worn this cardigan several different ways, but for today’s look I paired it with a white tee and wore cropped skinnies and white loafer mules.

I got my cropped skinnies last year during the Shopbop sale. They’re spendy, but I love the fit and feel, and I get a lot of wear out of them in spring and summer.

Because they’re not super skinny, I feel like these jeans give me the look of the cropped straight jeans that are trending, but they’re more flattering to my figure.

If you’re looking for cropped skinnies for less, this pair looks similar, and I also have and like this cropped straight pair at Loft.

I’m kind of obsessed with these white textured loafer mules, and they’re 20% off right now at Lord & Taylor. They’re a little stiff at first, but as I walked in them, they did start to loosen up. I think they will just take a little time to break in.

Loafer mules are one of the best transition shoes for spring. The open back is a little more up-to-date and feminine than the traditional loafer, but they are harder to walk in, so it’s a trade-off. If you’re not sure you want to commit to this shoe trend, Target has some nice looking loafer mules for less.

This crossbody is also a newer purchase. I’ve been wanting to add a white bag to my spring/summer wardrobe, and this one is perfect because it’s dressy enough to carry to church or out to dinner, but it’s not too much for an everyday look like this one.

The leather is buttery soft, and it has a nice microfiber lining. I got mine at Lord & Taylor, and it’s included in their buy more, save more sale — 20% off one item, 25% off two items, and 30% off three or more!

The day we shot this look, it was FUH-REEZING. Can you tell? My nose is even red, haha!

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can start wearing this outfit for real. I have a feeling it’s going to be on constant repeat this spring.

Outfit Details:

hooded cardigan (non-hooded version) // tee // cropped jeans (similar for less) // loafer mules // crossbody bag // star necklace // pendant

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell