The Best Cardigans for Every Shape

The trusty, closet basics comes in all sorts of iterations. See which works best for your bod, and start layering!

If You Have a Small Chest...
Worthington Faux Fur Cardigan
Shop for a style with embellishments on the chest. Ruffles can do the job, but we love the panache of this pick's faux fur gilet. The extra bulk adds desired size to your bust-line and won't cling to your non-existent curves, like cotton or cashmere might.
Worthington Faux Fur Cardigan, $27.99;

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If You Want to Hide Your Arms...
Worthington Faux Fur Cardigan
Look for a cocoon shape. The cut is designed with extra room from the elbow to the shoulder, providing the perfect camouflage for any upper arm jiggle (go ahead, and wave good-bye all you want!). Since the comfy style is fairly shapeless, make sure to pair it with a fitted top so your figure still has some definition.
Vila Chunky Knit Oversized Sweater, $104.76;

If You're Busty...

Tommy Bahama Pacific CardiganTommy Bahama Pacific Cardigan
Buxom and button-upped rarely go together, since the fit can be precariously strained and far from flattering. So, opt for a shawl-like style (sans zippers or hooks) that will fall naturally around breasts for a pretty fit that won't make you and the girls feel suffocated.
Tommy Bahama Pacific Cardigan, $98;

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If You're Short...

525 America Cable Edge Cardigan
Short in the front and long in the back, this cable-knit cardie is perfect for elongating petite frames without blanketing them in excess fabric. The waist-grazing front view will help define tiny torsos, while the sloping rear cut will give you the illusion of a longer, leaner back.
525 America Cable Edge Cardigan, $96;

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If You Want to Cover a Tummy...

J.Crew Double-Breasted Sweater Jacket
Two rows of buttons and gently curved stitching on this bouclé sweater work together to help elongate rounder torsos. The double-breasted fit also adds extra coverage, which is essential for hiding a tummy bulge.
J.Crew Double-Breasted Sweater Jacker, $148;

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