Laura’s Tips: How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

If you love cold weather layers as much as we do at AEO, you’ve come to the right place. Winter is the perfect season to mix fabrics, patterns and textures thanks to layering. One of our favorite layers this year is the cardigan, thanks to amazing designs like the cascading open frontshawl collar, and drapey fit. Gone are the days of frumpy, boring silhouettes: enter the updated oversized cardi! We asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to show us three of her favorite looks and to give us some tips so that we can wear the oversized cardigan with confidence. Check out her tips below and shop each look to find your own new layering BFF.

How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

Look 1: Feminine Edge
Balance your feminine and edgy personalities with a chunky cardigan. Sticking to the same neutral color family makes it easy to mix textures and styles. Lace detailing on top and destructed, black denim below create an effortless look when paired back to a boucle knit. Finish the look with heeled clogs for a fresh take on the cozy trend.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Oversized Boucle Cardigan
AEO Lace Cami
BC Like Clockwork Clog

Look 2: Retro Comfort
We love the subtle, retro vibes in this look. Make your look pop with a boho lacy tank that won’t get lost beneath a bold, waterfall cardigan. Perfect for a retro-meets-modern feel, add denim in an trendy silhouette like the Tomgirl jean, and complete the outfit with old-school cool Swedish Hasbeens clogs.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Draped Cardigan
AEO Lace Bubble Tank
AEO Denim X Café Tomgirl Jean
Swedish Hasbeens Slip In Super High

Look 3: Free-Spirited Cozy
Make a statement by wearing patterns + graphics together, and  let your free-spirited side shine. Wrap yourself up in this oversized, patterned cardigan and stay cozy in Minnetonka fringe sneakers. Contrast the cardi with a bold graphic t-shirt (from our Soft & Sexy line!), and pair everything back to denim in a unique indigo wash.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Patterned Cocoon Cardigan
AEO Soft & Sexy Long T-Shirt
Super Soft Indigo Jegging
Minnetonka Venice Sneaker

How will you style the oversized cardigan this season? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for your chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Fall Must-Have: Feather Light Open Cardigan

Fall reminds us of pumpkin patches, apple cider, football and leaves changing colors, but it is also the season to start adding a layer or two to your outfits to prepare for the chilly days ahead. When the temperature starts to drop a bit, you will need that classic extra layer to keep you warm. Our Feather Light Open Cardigan is the perfect staple to do the trick. A super soft, drapey t-shirt and a sweater in one that doesn’t lose its shape after you wear it… bonus, right?  Check out how we styled two luxe and pulled together looks on Emma, in this timeless and cozy must-have below.


 Feather Light Open Cardigan: The look of a soft, cozy sweater. The feel of your favorite drapey tee.

Look One:
Feather Light Open Cardigan
Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Dr. Marten’s 1460 Boot

Look Two:
Feather Light Open Cardigan
Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Ribbed Knit Beanie
Buckle Strap Bootie

Tell us your favorite layering piece for fall in the comments below.

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One Cardigan, Three Ways to Wear it

Please don’t get mad at us for writing a blog post that focuses on a sweater after this long, long winter – but this sweater is one that you will be thanking us for as you embark on your summer journey.  After the sun sets and the air starts to feel a bit crisp, what is the first thing we always do…  grab our boyfriend’s over-sized and not so fresh sweatshirt, of course. Well instead of feeling warm and looking not put together, this cardigan will have you looking put together, feeling cozy (and quite stylish might we add).


Stroll the sandy beach at night in this look.


Movie in the park, anyone?


Perfect for dining al fresco.

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Happy Summer!

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