3 Ways to Style the PERFECT Summer Cardigan

Because we all need something to keep us warm on those chilly summer nights!
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Hey girls! While we might not enjoy it, we have to admit that summer nights do often get chilly. While I can't get enough of the warm weather, I have to be prepared for the cool evenings that are a definite reality. This week's Fabulous Find will prepare you for those situations to make sure you're well equipped and also incredibly stylish.

I ADORE cardigans. I wear them throughout every season and to me they are always worth the cost. My favorite brand of cardigans is without a doubt J.Crew. The cardigans are pretty, comfortable and don't break the bank. If we really want our money's worth, though, J.Crew also has another store, J.Crew Factory, which is the outlet of your dreams! 

Gray cardigan.

Today I introduce you to the "Clare Cardigan Sweater" from J.Crew Factory. Now that you're acquainted, let me show you why she should be your new best friend! For starters, she is only $24.95 which is 50% off the original price! I love a good deal. She also comes in EIGHT stunning colors, including this super-versatile gray.

Another huge plus is that she is machine-washable. As a college student, I've come to learn how essential this is. While I love more delicate pieces that need to be dry-cleaned, they're not the most practical for busy students. This cardigan has it all. Aside from being beautiful, it's inexpensive and easy to care for. Count me in!

So now let's get to styling this pretty cardi -- here are three outfits to get you started. Also, any of these outfits can just as easily be worn throughout the day without the cardigan if it's hot outside.

Take me for a Walk on the Beach

White top, blue shorts, gray cardigan, straw bag, black sunglasses, gray flip flops, lipstick and perfume.

Products: Flip Flops - Havaianas (Dillards), Top - Zara, Bag - Urban Outfitters, Cardigan - J.Crew Factory, Sunglasses - Glamorous (ASOS), Perfume - Ralph Lauren (Sephora), Shorts - Forever 21, Lipstick - e.l.f.

This look is perfect for taking a walk on the beach. I love the shorts. I'm obsessed with all things high-waisted and think the embroidered floral design is incredibly elegant. I also adore the pleated top, it's so light, simple, and gorgeous!

In many past articles I've expressed my passion for elf cosmetics. They are inexpensive and such great quality. I use them myself all the time. This lipstick essential is only $1! The color I picked for this look has a name which definitely fits its beautiful shade, "classy." 

The bag is also one of my absolute favorite summer pieces. Straw bags are such a must-have. They're practical, won't get ruined in the sand, and are the perfect accessory to any beach outfit.

Strapless Top Sophisticated

Green skirt, cream ruffle top, toms shoes, gray cardigan, black sunglasses and perfume.

ProductsCardigan - J.Crew Factory, Clutch - Modcloth, Sunglasses - Perverse (Zappos), Shoes - Toms (DSW), Perfume - Dior (Sephora), Skirt - H&M, Top - American Eagle

This look is perfect for a day around town. My favorite piece in this outfit has to be the gorgeous top from American Eagle. It's strapless and has such beautiful detailing and ruffles. You'll for sure be wearing it all summer long!

I also adore the clutch bag. The embellishment is stunning and I'm in love with the floral hardware. You can wear it with or without the strap so it'll definitely serve you for a wide variety of occasions. 

Blue and White Beauty

White dress, blue wedges, blue clutch, jeweled headband, blue eyeshadow palette and gray cardigan.

Products: Wedges - Topshop, Eyeshadow Palette - e.l.f.Cardigan - J.Crew Factory, Dress - Lulu's, Clutch - EVClutches (Etsy), Headband - Lux Accessories (Amazon)

This is the perfect outfit for a summer night out! The dress is simply gorgeous. I love the crochet detailing. It has a 1920s vibe but is also very fashion-forward. From the pictures and reviews I read, it also looks like it will work for a variety of body types and sizes.

As with the dress, I find the clutch to be both elegant and understated. The lace detailing is so beautiful and the silver top looks great and matches perfectly with the headband. I am obsessed with headbands and the floral details on this one also emphasize the 1920s tribute that is present throughout the whole look.

What did you think about this week's fabulous find?

Do you like this cardigan? What are your favorite cardigan colors or styles? What are your favorite summer trends? Start the convo below!

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