Celebrities Prove This 'Grandma' Sweater Will Replace Your Denim Jacket -- Shop the Trend!

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Laura Harrier in yellow cardigan 1280
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Stars like Laura Harrier and Kendall Jenner are breathing new life into this classic piece.

Sweater weather is coming to a close, but that doesn't mean a light knit doesn't come in handy (cue the Miss Congeniality quote). 

Before we reach the sweltering temperatures of summer, an easy, lightweight topper is practical on breezy days and nights to throw on. Celebrities have got the same idea, but instead of the ubiquitous denim jacket, stars like Laura Harrier, Kristen Stewart and Kendall Jenner are rocking cardigans in an array of colors for every occasion, whether it's on the red carpet or off-duty. 

Cardigans are often associated with a style that's "frumpy," but we beg to differ with today's offerings of shrunken silhouettes, playful hues and statement details (oversized buttons, balloon sleeves, plunging necklines, just to name a few). These designs modernize the classic knit and can be worn as a layering piece or alone as a top.  

There are so many ways to style it, too. Give it an unexpected sexy spin by leaving it partially unbuttoned or tied to bare a little midriff à la Jenner and fellow supermodel Bella Hadid. For a more polished, elevated take, wear with wide-leg trousers or a pencil skirt as Harrier did. 

See how stars wear the It trend and shop our favorite selects below. 

Laura Harrier 

Laura Harrier at the 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon in Los Angeles. - Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart at the Chanel Pre-Oscars Party in Los Angeles. - Rochelle Brodin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner in New York City. - Raymond Hall/GC Images

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid in New York City. - Pierre Suu/GC Images



A New Day Crewneck Cardigan $23, Sale $15

Forever 21

Forever 21 Ribbed Sweater-Knit Cropped Cardigan $20


Zara Cardigan With Buttons $30


H&M Fluffy Cardigan $35


BP. Dolman Sleeve Button Front Cardigan $49

& Other Stories

& Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan $99


Wilfred Thais Cardigan $138


Rouje Gegene Cardigan $160 

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