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Spring's Best Short Sleeve Cardigans and How to Wear Them

There's no shortage of affordable short-sleeve cardigans, one of my spring wardrobe essentials, at stores like Target, Forever 21, Express, and Banana Republic. So today I decided to do something a little different and turn the spotlight on how to wear this versatile layering piece. The simplest way is probably over a short sleeve tee with jeans and cute accessories. You can also toss one over a dress or pair it with a skirt. The possibilities are endless! How will you be wearing yours this spring, and where have you found some good ones on the cheap?

LOVE the look at top right, with skinny jeans and slouchy boots.
#1 Sal (Homepage) on 2009-03-27 12:45 (Reply)
SS cardi is definitely on my shopping list for spring! Great picks!
#2 Jill (Homepage) on 2009-03-27 12:48 (Reply)
Great post - I wore mine yesterday over a sparkly tank but in general I tend to keep away from the short sleeve ones...hate my arms with a passion!
#3 Wanderlusting (Homepage) on 2009-03-27 13:44 (Reply)
love the ideas! great post as usual! come visit my blog
#4 anh (Homepage) on 2009-03-27 15:03 (Reply)
The Banana Republic one is one sale in the Misty Mauve color (lavendar)- also wanted to mention it runs kind of big. I always wear a small and had to exchange for an XS.

The one Cameron Diaz is wearing looks very similar to one they have at Express right now for $29.50! Nice!
#5 Marcy on 2009-03-27 16:03 (Reply)
Who makes the one in the upper right hand corner? I just saw one similar on Kourtney Kardashian and I loved it!
#6 Alexis on 2009-03-27 17:31 (Reply)
That's the "Goddis Cassie Oversized Short Sleeve Cardigan," $209 at

Target has a similar style by Mossimo for $29.99:
#6.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-03-27 18:30 (Reply)
H&M had buy one get one free cardigans today, long sleeve but still lightweight, perfect for spring. I got 2 for 17.00 great colors pink, blues (3 shades) black, white, green, light pink, grays (shades) was a great buy!

ps, i like the shoes in the BCBG picture! :-)
#7 DY on 2009-03-27 20:42 (Reply)
Love the look of a short sleeve cardigan with a long sleeve shirt. White shirt (which everyone has)with a black sweater. There you have your spring trend.
#8 Barbara (Homepage) on 2009-03-28 07:24 (Reply)
I also like the look of the long-sleeved t or blouse under a short sleeved sweater. Guess when the weather heats up that won't be such a good alternative though.
#9 Beth B. on 2009-03-28 09:35 (Reply)
I'm sort of drooling over the Simply Vera Cocoon Cardigan. I'll have to stop by Kohl's and check it out in person. I really love Cameron's casual look, especially that high collared cardigan. Great post, BB!
#10 Claudia on 2009-03-28 10:31 (Reply)
Love the idea of wearing a short sleeve cardigan over a Springy floral dress or skirt. Much lighter feel then a long sleeve cardigan while still keeping the look polished and covered up.
#11 Jenn @ Workchic (Homepage) on 2009-03-28 12:09 (Reply)
i just bought thisone at express, and i love it! the ruffles add a little interest, but can still be dressed up or down. A little expensive, but its on sale & you can use coupons!
#12 Jenni on 2009-03-30 09:45 (Reply)
Great find, love that look!
#12.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-03-30 12:58 (Reply)
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