Trend Alert: The Un-Christmas Sweater

Long cardigans add tons of style and versatility to any wardrobe, and make it easy to create effortless layered looks that are comfortable and stylish. What makes long cardigans so popular is that they come in a variety of styles, so they fit and flatter every body type. “This sweater style makes women look taller,” says Taraynn Lloyd, director of marketing at Edwards Garment. “The longer body provides a slimming silhouette.”

Long cardigans work year-round – they can be worn open over a sundress in the spring or paired with chromatic leggings in the fall. They can be dressed up for the office over a silk camisole, or dressed down for the weekend over a T-shirt and jeans.

And because the look is so clean and simple, it’s the perfect canvas to accessorize. Add on a bold-colored scarf, funky long necklace, crazy earrings, tight belt, chunky bangles or a fabulous bag for a splash of fun.

Sometimes referred to as the “grandpa” or “boyfriend” cardigan (but don’t be fooled by the name), this item is sure to be a winter wardrobe staple and a throw-and-go favorite. But it isn’t just for women – men can pair a solid cardigan with a striped button-down shirt for a fresh look.