14 Cardigans to Combat Aggressive Office Air-Conditioning

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Summer is finally here and nothing feels better than shedding those bulky layers. But wait, what happens when you enter the office in that pretty sundress? Why, yes, it’s the women’s winter, and your cute outfit is utterly unfit to combat the sudden onslaught of frigid air-conditioning. Don’t shiver at your desk needlessly — now is the time for a stylish cardigan. You probably already have one stashed at your cubicle, but if you’re in need of a new desk sweater, here are our current favorites.

The Cheery One

Color Blocked Cotton Cardigan
$25, H&M

Sick of that drab black cardigan draped on the back of your chair? Here’s an option that literally looks like the sunshine you’re sorely lacking in your Arctic office.

The Perennial Favorite

Riding Cardigan
$36, Eloquii

Eloquii’s customers adore this cardigan so much that it’s become one of their staples. This red-orange shade is a particularly pleasant option for summer if you’re sick of neutrals.

The Pretty One (That You Can Make Edgy)

Frilly Cropped Cardigan
$42, Eloquii

At first glance, this ruffled cardigan seems almost too sweet. But think about how designers like Simone Rocha and Comme des Garçons love to mix frills in with their edgy pieces. Style this with something black and cool, and it’ll take on a whole new vibe.

The Minimalist Option

Stelen Layla Sweater
$50, Need Supply

This long, sleek navy style is refreshingly simple. It’ll be especially striking if you’re wearing tons of white this summer.

The Classic Staple to Buy in Multiples

J.Crew Lightweight Crop Cardigan
$70, Nordstrom

Can you do a cardigan roundup without J.Crew? Of course not. The preppy brand is still the default when you’re looking for a colorful layer, and this bright-red one checks all the boxes you’d require in a desk sweater.

The Secret Brand to Know

8 Black Long Sleeve Cardigan
$70, Yoox

Yoox’s in-house brand is filled with affordable, high-quality basics like this cardigan.

If You Need Extra Warmth

Shaggy Cardigan
$115, & Other Stories

As close to a faux-fur coat as you can get in the summer.

If You’re Still Into Pink

Wool Blend Oversized Cardigan
$125, & Other Stories

While melodramatic purple might be the color of the summer, Millennial pink is still going strong. This soft cardigan is nice complement to your work-appropriate floral dresses.

If You Love Nancy Meyers

Vince Saddle Shoulder Wool And Cashmere Cardigan
$218, Orchard Mile

She’d approve of this cream-colored cardigan. Wear it at your desk and pretend you’re enjoying a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio while in a sun-drenched kitchen.

The Cool-Kid Option

Opening Ceremony Pearl Boyfriend Cardigan
$277, Orchard Mile

So you hate wearing cardigans because you think they’re boring? Let the Opening Ceremony folks change your mind with this bright-red style that is definitely not for conservative offices.

The Environmentally Conscious Option

Eileen Fisher
$280, Nordstrom

If you’re trying to shop sustainably, you’ll be happy to note that this Eileen Fisher cardigan is made from ecofriendly lyocell and organic cotton.

If You Love Awkward Pants

SIMON MILLER Izee wool cardigan
$297, Net-a-Porter

The cropped length on this cardigan is the ideal partner to high-waisted jeans, especially if you add in a camisole.

For the Eccentric Dresser

SACAI Striped cotton and poplin cardigan
$324, Net-a-Porter

True to Sacai’s signature hybrid style, this is the lovechild of a button down and a striped cardigan.

The Secret Summer Styling Trick

Long-Sleeve Color Block Cotton Cardigan
$328, Diane Von Furstenberg

If all of your work clothes are in boring neutrals and it’s making you depressed, try this rainbow-bright cardigan. Wear it over a year-round staple like a sheath dress to make it feel summery.

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14 Cardigans for Fighting Aggressive Office Air-Conditioning