Cardigan with bell sleeves

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You can leave your jacket in the closet a while longer. Oversize cardigans with fresh features—bold buttons, inventive knits—are a little bit varsity, a little bit edgy. Mr. Rogers, move over. 

Daytripper

Bell Sleeves plus a baby doll silhouette equals a shapely knit.

Daytrip by Buckle, $30; Buckle.com
Cable knit cardigan

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2. A Chunky Cable Knit
This sweater feels lean and lightweight.

Liz Claiborne, $109; LizClaiborne.com

Wide-collar cardigan

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3. Gentle Curves
The wide collar and rounded hem make this sweater a good substitute for a structured blazer.

Ann Taylor, $128; AnnTaylor.com

Deep plum cardigan

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4. Deep Plum
This cardigan provides an elegant alternative to black.

Vince, $295; Bergdorf Goodman, NYC; 212-753-7300.

Wool sweater-jacket

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5. Standout Details
The collar, buttons, and belt really pop on this cream wool sweater-jacket.

Magaschoni, $366; Bloomingdale's; 800-555-7467.

Streamlined cardigan

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6. Trim and Sleek
A streamlined top layer has concealed buttons and a peplum in back.

Chaiken, $436; Bloomingdale's; 800-555-7467.

Hooded vest

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7. Hooded Vest
Layered with a cardigan, this look transforms a T-shirt and jeans.

Zero + Maria Cornejo (vest, $271, cardigan, $506); 212-925-3849.

Cashmere cocoon

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8. Dramatic Cashmere Cocoon
With its tortoiseshell details, a stunning look on taller women.

Lana Bilzerian, $1,675; Alan Bilzerian, Boston; 617-536-1001.


— Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg

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