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The Coziest Cardigans For Travel


Because they like to be prepared — and stylish — traveling moms always carry a cardigan with them for unexpected chills. Who knew this timeless sweater would become the cool gift for Mother’s Day? The cardigan has been experiencing a fashion moment, thanks to Taylor Swift, whose song, Cardigan, became the first hit from her Grammy Award-winning pandemic release, Folklore.

Not only did Cardigan hit the Billboard chart at #1 but the actual cardigan that Swift wore in the video also shot to the top of fans’ shopping list, selling out in her online store.

Here are some cardigans likely to become her favorites.

Free People Waffle Cardi Tunic

This bohemian version of a cardigan is likely to become her summer favorite. The thermal waffle knit is rich in texture and the slouchy fit means she can move around freely, even in a middle seat. Available in three beautiful colors, it features two pockets and looks great buttoned or unbuttoned, on its own or over a tee or tank. Price: $78

Anthropologie Pilcro Acid Wash Cardigan

Made of 100% cotton, this open front cardigan is perfect on a cool night or chilly flight. It’s got so much interesting detail and texture and is weighty enough to warm up any outfit. It comes in two go-with-anything neutrals and adds a whole layer of style. The weathered look makes it feel like she’s already been loving it for years – which she will. Price: $148

State Cashmere V-Neck Button Down Cardigan with Pockets

Okay, you’ll find this cardigan in the men’s section but why should guys get all the good stuff? The gorgeous sweater is made of 100% Inner Mongolian Cashmere, which is soft but strong – just like her. It comes in 10 colors and has handy pockets in the front – a feature you rarely find enough of in women’s clothing. It’s casual yet elegant and just might earn her a first class upgrade. Price: $165

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite V-Neck Button Cardigan

She’ll be so happy to receive this cardigan that’s as cozy and familiar as her favorite Barefoot Dreams blanket. Ribbed, with front and back v’s, it’s lightweight enough to be worn on its own and easy to pack in a carry-on so she can pull it out when they start pumping up the AC. Price: $118

Brochu Walker Cropped Cardigan

This cotton/linen blend makes a comfy layering piece – and a real fashion statement. Cropped and boxy, it features lots of detail like two patch pockets, an exposed center back seam and ribbed cuffs and hem. It comes in a handful of sophisticated neutrals but this eye-popping Papaya is irresistible. Price: $368

Venus Cozy Cardigan

Talk about warm and fuzzy! This cardigan definitely lives up to its name and, with its no closure front, will make her feel like she’s wrapping herself in a hug. Because it’s nice and long, it can serve as a lightweight jacket or can even act as a blanket when it gets too cold on a flight. The pretty blue is so soothing during stressful travel. Price: $49

Madewell Birchmoor Cardigan Sweater

Ribbed and relaxed, this bestseller is a real multi-tasker that can keep her warm but can also dress up an outfit. In fact, it comes in three colors, all of which coordinate with a variety of pieces, including a tank, pants and skirt, so she can mix and match for head to toe style. Price: $98

Liverpool Open Front Cardigan Sweater

Sometimes she needs a cardigan that’s a little dressier for a business trip or a special occasion — and this flattering style in anything-but-basic black is the one. It’s a chic layering piece that’s practical and polished and adds an elegant touch even to jeans. Price: $129