The Best Cardigan for Travel (Ever)

August 23, 2021

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With Fall around the corner, cardigan season is also coming in soon and very soon. I love cardigans and sweater coats and sweater blazers. These photos are from several years ago and I still wear this cardigan every Fall and Winter. 

The Best Cardigan For Travel

I always get cold on planes – always, always! So I travel in a cardigan often and I also usually bring along an alpaca wrap as another layer. A go-to travel outfit for me is similar to what I’m wearing here. A long cardigan, a tee, jeans and some flats or favorite sneakers.

Stripes + Sunnies

Casual Weekend Attire I The Best Cardigan for Travel

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Stripes + Distressed Denim + Lace Up Flats

I prefer to be in long sleeves on planes and I think an oversized cardigan like this one makes for the perfect travel layer. Are you about travel sweaters? I’d love to hear below in the comments! I am team Stay Warm when it comes to traveling so one of my best travel tips is to always have another layer you can put on if you need it.

How To Style A Cardigan

Balance proportion

A longer cardigan you don’t want to pair with jeans that have a big flare. Skinny jeans work well or a more fitted legging or pant. 

Consider adding height

For longline cardigans, I can pull of flats but I prefer to style add some height so I’ll often style mine cardigans with heeled booties.

Be mindful of size

Don’t let a cardigan swallow your frame and add weight to your frame. Be mindful of size and read reviews before you purchase.

Check out Fabric

Consider fabric when buying your cardigans. Think about merino wool for cooler months but also I have a few lightweight, breathable cotton cardigans I love, too and I wear them year round as a layering piece.

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I’ve rounded up a variety of cardigan styles you can buy now and get excited to wear for many seasons to come!

Cardigans to Shop Now


A lot of the above styles come in a variety of colors so it is worth clicking through them!


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  1. Christina says:

    I LOVE this dress and am thinking about also ordering for an upcoming wedding. Does it run true to size? I am normally a 6 (2/4 in Jcrew) but my last memory of Ann Taylor is it runs very big. Thanks!!

    • Meghan says:

      Hi Christina! It does run big – I found that about AT, also. I am almost always a size 6 but I bought this one in a size 4 and love the fit of it. Hope this helps & let me know if you end up getting it!

  2. Grace Atwood says:

    Oooh that looks SO cozy! You look adorable.

  3. Ashley says:

    Meghan you’re funny and your hair looks cute! Also, thanks for the heads up about M Gemi, I got those same shoes you are wearing a while back and I LOVE them!

    • Meghan says:

      Haha you are so kind! You should have seen the photos I couldn’t post- ha! SO glad you discovered M. Gemi and love it! The lace ups are so great!!

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