How to Choose a Boyfriend Cardigan - Your Style Guide

How to Choose a Boyfriend Cardigan - Your Style Guide

Nothing beats an easy outfit formula that appears stylish. It's one of the winter season's must-have pieces – the boyfriend cardigan. It’s a versatile ensemble that requires minimal thinking but garners a ton of compliments every time you wear it. 

Does this tickle your fancy? If so, you’re in the right place!

From casual to a night out on the town, its versatility makes it ultra-useful. There is so much you can do with a boyfriend cardigan. You can wear it open with something underneath, or you can wear it buttoned up, wear it off the shoulder, or even reverse it so the buttons are in the back. 

You can, of course, also create your own unique boyfriend sweater look with the creative adoption of regular, oversized cardigans - the possibilities are truly endless.This simple item, though, can instantly and dramatically change the style of a casual outfit. We have put together some of the best boyfriend cardigan outfit ideas for gifting your loved ones or adding a new vibe to your closet. 

Before we dive in, though, let us explain…

What Exactly is a Boyfriend Cardigan (or Sweater)?

A boyfriend cardigan typically refers to a type of sweater that is larger, looser, and more relaxed in fit, resembling the kind of sweater one might borrow or steal from their boyfriend. It often has a cozy and comfortable feel, providing a casual and laid-back look. 

Throw in a buttoned down front and/or oversized buttons for dramatic effect and, hey, you’ve got yourself the quintessential comfort garment! 

The term has been popularized in fashion to describe a style rather than a specific garment that belongs to a boyfriend (though the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive!).

Now that that’s cleared up, let’s check out these gorgeous cardigans!

6 Outstanding Boyfriend Cardigan Styles

The following selections have been hand-picked by our Aran wool knitwear experts and draw directly from our experience in selling these items on five continents for the past three decades - we know a thing or two about the auld boyfriend sweater, we’ll have you know!

Irish Aran Boyfriend Cardigan Slate

Made from 100% pure merino wool, this ladies' Irish Aran Cardigan is the perfect piece to complete your wardrobe. It is stylish and elegant for all your casual outfits. 

A classic cardigan that flattering when buttoned halfway over a pleated dress with a lower neckline since the sweater has a V-neck design. One can also button the entire sweater and pair it up with skinny jeans just as illustrated below. A belt at times is used to draw your waist in even better.The cardigan comes in a beautiful slate color highlighting the detailed stitching patterns and making the whole design stand out. The additional touch of brown buttons fit well to make it more elegant.

Therefore, whether you have a long-sleeved or short-sleeved top, you can be sure to always remain relevant with your style every time you step out.

Unlike our other cardigans, the design is a fitted longer style making it unique and stylish to wear. The best part? You can wear it with one of our Aran Scarves to complete the look.

Ladies Long Aran Boyfriend Cardigan

Are you looking for a modernized cardigan with a touch of the Aran tradition? Ladies Long Aran Boyfriend Cardigan is the ideal gift you could be looking for to spice up someone’s special event. It is for someone who loves the traditional look of cable knit cardigans but wants a younger more modern overall look. 

It is long and fits one’s body perfectly well, bringing out that eye-turning shape. One can match this outfit with either skinny jeans, a low-neck dress, leggings or even a pencil skirt. It features a deep V-neck along the front of the cardigan and pockets for your comfort too. Wear your favorite shirt underneath and you are good to go!

It is 100% Soft Merino Wool and cable knit making it comfortable, warm and timeless. This boyfriend oversized style is made slightly longer than the traditional boyfriend cardigan to keep it up to date with current fashion trends. It’s a must-have outfit!


Aran Cardigan Full Zip with Collar Raspberry

Aran designs provide the focal point of any outfit. With its defined textures and cable patterns, the Aran Sweater creates a sense of purpose for the wearer. Thick Cable Knit Cardigans are essential for the sartorially minded persons and are great styled over a t-shirt when worn casually or paired with a shirt and tie for a more dapper look.

Ladies can also pair this outfit with jeans as shown below. One can opt to either zip it full or halfway or leave it open and just belt it up. The choices are enormous. Don't hesitate to get creative on the same

Why not breathe new life into your existing closet with our Aran cardigan full zip with collar in raspberry? The Aran Cardigan is carefully hand-knitted from 100% premium Irish merino wool, a luxurious material that offers a blend of warmth, softness, and breathability. 

Moreover, the full zip on our Aran Cardigan gives the sweater a contemporary touch that plaudits the traditional Aran design. You can layer your sweater in cold weather or wear it open during milder weather. 

Aran Textured Zip Cardigan Silver Marl

This Aran Textured Zip Cardigan is the clever choice for those cooler days, crafted with 100% cozy and soft Merino Wool. Featuring the ancient Diamond and honeycomb Stitches, this full zip sweater offers a stylish alternative to the classic crew neck Aran Sweater design.   

This garment is perfect for layering or as an outerwear piece in warmer weather. Please note that the wool has a natural flexibility. If the garment feels snug at first, the fibers loosen once given a gentle stretch. For a more relaxed, generous fit, we recommend sizing up.

Sleeveless Aran Cardigan - Grey

Are you the type who loves keeping it cool and sassy? Well, we couldn't leave you out!  With just an addition of a belt, this Sleeveless Aran Cardigan would look perfect on you or your loved ones. It’s an ideal gift for all weather round and fits almost any type of event or occasion.

The use of the traditional herringbone stitches gives this sleeveless cardigan a unique style feature. Easy wear and comfortable for everyday wear. The cardigan has side slits and inserts pockets for extra comfort.

It can be easily and comfortably paired with skinny jeans and a fitting top, a fitting dress, leggings or even a pencil skirt. Do you think you have identified your gift yet? If not, let me surprise you with the next choice. 


Pinstripe Cardigan Sunrise Red

At  The Sweater Shop, it’s never a dull moment for the men. As part of our collection, the Pinstripe Boyfriend Cardigan is inspired by men's office wear. This relaxed-fit, minimal, buttoned V-neck cardigan has a ribbed two-tone detail inspired by the pinstripe, being casual while still smart enough to wear at the office. 

Do you want to know the beautiful part of this cardigan? It comes in different bright colors like brown, green, sunrise red and gray, giving you a room of choice.

This stunning modern pinstripe cardigan is made of 55% Lambswool and 45% Organic Cotton. It is a light and transitional cardigan - oozing with sophistication in this stunning rich red and navy stitching.

Aran Batwing Jacket Merino Wool

We understand some shoppers would like to get a little sophisticated. Does this ring a bell? Aran Batwing Jacket could be what you are looking for! 

Get ready for winter with this beautiful boyfriend cardigan. This charming Irish knitwear is made by a renowned Irish family business in Ireland and is a perfect souvenir or gift for Her.

The Aran Batwing jacket provides warmth, breathability, and softness thanks to the 100% merino wool. Moreover, the batwing sleeves and double collar make this Irish piece classic and beautiful. 

The cardigan has the unique Celtic knot symbol on the zip and buttons, adding class and luxury to your winter gear. The vintage buttons on the side of this jacket make it even more beautiful and a conversation starter. The classic and beautiful Aran stitches on this funnel neck jacket are a rich symbol of the traditional Irish heritage. 

The oversized design on this batwing merino jacket allows more space for movement, increased air circulation, and extra comfort. The pullover is available in small, medium, and large sizes.

This gorgeous Irish winter gear is a perfect way to express your love for Irish culture. Just like shown in the picture, It would perfectly fit well when paired with leggings or skinny jeans.

Style Your Cardigan for the Occasion

Another key to looking fashionable is choosing a cardigan that aligns with the formality of the occasion:

Casual daytime - Stick to lightweight knitted cardigans in soft neutral, pastel or earth tones. Pair with jeans, tees and flats.

Date night - Try a dressier shawl collar or drape front boyfriend cardigan in rich colors like emerald, burgundy or navy. Compliment with dark denim, heels and delicate jewelry.

Workwear - Look polished and professional with a longline cardigan in merino wool or cashmere. Wear over a blouse, trousers and classic pumps. As for men, choose a fitting cardigan that compliments the bottom.

Wear Boyfriend Cardigans for Any Season

Cardigans aren’t just for fall and winter - with the right fabrics, they work year-round:

Spring - Opt for lightweight cotton, linen or cashmere in pastels or brights. Wear open-over sundresses or tanks.

Summer - Breezy crochet and open weave knit cardigans allow for airflow on hot days. Toss over camis, tanks and tees.

Fall - Midweight merino or cashmere in earth tones, jewel tones and neutrals pair perfectly with jeans, pants and skirts.

Winter - Bulk up against the cold with a wool cardigan over long sleeves and turtlenecks. Look for shawl collars and front pockets.

Shop Stylish Boyfriend Cardigans From The Seater Shop

It’s time to elevate your wardrobe with our unique collection of stylish boyfriend cardigans for both men and women. These versatile and on-trend pieces are the perfect addition to any outfit.

Whether you're looking for a modern, tipped, petite, or petite-tipped style, we have the perfect boyfriend cardigan for you. Our cardigan sweaters are crafted from high-quality materials, ensuring both comfort and durability. 

With their relaxed fit and timeless design, these cozy cardigan sweaters are perfect for layering over your favorite tops, dresses, and jeans. 

We have a wide range of ladies' and men’s 100% genuine Irish Aran wool cardigans. Visit the collection of your choice today and find your new favorite boyfriend cardigan.

Enjoy outfitting your boyfriend sweater in style!