April 23rd, 2015 at 2:10am

Summer brings about thoughts of board shorts, bikinis, sundresses and tank tops. While of course we deserve a break from the months of layering and bundling up; truth is, when it starts to get warm, street style tends to lose its chicness. Compare chic plaid coats and suede booties to a cropped top, high-waisted shorts and flip flops; the latter just tends to be a bit classier. In other words, when we’re less covered up it’s hard to still look sophisticated and not so beach Barbie.

Before you’re convinced that you’re just going to have to wear thick coats and scarves all summer long, here’s the only winter garment you should probably keep around for the summer: cardigans. The cardigan is the sweater’s thinner, lighter sibling; cardigans are easy to dress up or down and always add a hint of upper class suaveness to any casual outfit. Whether woolen or cotton, striped or solid-colored, cardigans are a closet staple that can be used in almost any season.

This Fashionisto works the cardigan sweater trend perfectly during the cool spring to summer transitioning temperatures. Wanting to look smart yet stylish for class, he wears a gray woolen cardigan over a preppy plaid shirt. Paired perfectly with khakis and a classy black belt, he looks sophisticated while still keeping his look casual enough for campus.

How To: Want to up your style game while still savoring the summer heat? Guys, throw on a thin cardigan over a T-shirt and instantly class up your look. For the girls, don a thin woven cardigan over a sundress for those cool summer date nights.