What to Wear With a Striped Campus Cardigan

Pair your striped campus cardigan with a modern accessory like a fedora to give it a funky look.
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Letterman sweaters may be a thing of the past, but the campus cardigan is still going strong. Whether you're already in college or just getting ready to pick one out, you can give your wardrobe a more collegiate feel by adding a striped campus cardigan to your closet. These comfortable, relaxed sweaters are ideal layering pieces for guys and girls -- rock your striped cardi everywhere from class to an evening out for the epitome of coed cool.

1 Go Casual

Add interest to a simple outfit with a striped campus cardigan for a laid-back outfit. Guys can pair a green-and-navy striped sweater with a basic white T-shirt, a pair of khakis and basic canvas tennis shoes. Or wear a red tee under a navy-and-white striped cardigan for a nautical-inspired look. Try it with navy corduroy pants and boat shoes to keep up the seafaring vibe. Girls can go for a clean, modern look with a black-and-gray striped cardi, a black T-shirt, black denim skinnies and black canvas sneakers. For summer nights, layer a light blue-and-navy striped cardigan over a white tank or camisole and cutoff shorts. Throw on flip flops or flat gladiator sandals for a comfortable, low-key look.

2 Get Hip

Cardigans are a major part of the hipster wardrobe, so use your striped campus sweater as the centerpiece of a hipster look. Guys can pair a navy-and-gray striped cardigan with dark-wash skinny jeans and a vintage plaid cowboy shirt. Add black oxfords and a pair of wayfarer sunglasses to complete the look. For girls, rock a cobalt-and-navy striped campus cardi with a cropped vintage graphic tee and navy maxi skirt. Throw on gladiator sandals and layer a few beaded necklaces with some delicate silver pendants to complete the look.

3 Go Polished

Because a striped campus cardigan has a collegiate look, it's an ideal piece when you want to appear polished as you dash from class to class. Guys can wear a white and navy cardigan over a crisp white button-down shirt; tuck the shirt into a pair of twill pants in tan or camel. Girls can swap the pants for a fitted pencil skirt in a khaki color or navy pleated knee skirt. Finish your look off with a pair of cognac loafers and a chunky gold watch.

4 Get Funky

A striped campus cardigan may have a preppy look, but mixing it with unconventional pieces gives it a funky feel. Guys can opt for a black-and-gray striped sweater over a white V-neck tee and leather pants for an evening out. Pair it with black combat boots to keep the look edgy. Girls can rock a green-and-white striped campus cardi over a flirty green and pink floral-print dress for a fresh daytime look or layer a black-and-white striped sweater over a red mini dress and heels for a night out.

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.