11 Cozy Cardigans to Keep You From Freezing on a Plane
The hot days of summer may still be upon us but it can often feel like airplanes are in their own climate zones. In fact, for people like me who are always cold, getting ready to board a plane in the summer requires the same amount of effort and preparation as a trip to the Russian tundra and the Caribbean at the same time. Basically, it includes layers — lots of layers — even if the temperature outside is in the upper 80s and 90s.
And while there is a legitimate reason why pilots keep temperatures in the cabin low, this comes as little consolation. The truth is, the only thing you can do to prepare is pack some extra clothing in your carry-on bag. Your best bet? A warm and lightweight cardigan.
I always prefer oversized, chunky pieces because they are not only cozy but also look cool when paired with my go-to travel outfit (a T-shirt and jeans). You can never go wrong with classic colors such as white, black, and grey, and naturally soft fabrics like cotton, linen, alpaca, or merino wool. But since it’s (almost) summer, you can also pull off a bold hue like yellow or pink. After all, a little color never hurt anybody.
If you travel more often for work than pleasure and can’t really wear anything that’s too out there, opt for a cardigan with a slightly more fitted silhouette in a neutral color and a fun detail such as a bow or a floral print.
Here, we rounded up 11 cozy pieces to help you stay warm on your next flight this vacation season.
Madewell Kent Colorblock Long Cardigan
Wear this super soft cardigan on the plane or on breezy nights. It has a classic straight silhouette and two side pockets.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $98
Anthropologie 'Rosanna' Crocheted Kimono
This is not your grandma’s crocheted cardigan. This beautiful piece has mixed-stitch detailing and a breezy silhouette that's perfect for fall layering.
To buy: anthropologie.com, $118
Halogen Long Linen Blend Cardigan
This Nordstrom best-seller is classic and elegant. It's crafted from lightweight linen blend yarns, which makes it perfect for the summer months. It has an open front and two side pockets and comes in regular and petite sizes.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $68
Acne Studios 'Raya' Cardigan
A warm blend of mohair and wool makes this elegant open-front cardigan perfect for chilly weather.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $410
Treasure & Bond Stripe Cardigan
This oversized, colorblock cardigan is perfect for cuddling up in the plane cabin — and for a breezy walk along the shore at sunset.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $79
This kimono-style cardigan has an oversize cocoon silhouette and a neutral palette that'll go with everything.
To buy: anthrolopolgie.com, $138
Cuyana Merino Cashmere Wrap Cardigan
You could wear this soft merino wool/cashmere blend cardigan two ways: wrapped all the way for an elegant look or open for a more laid-back vibe.
To buy: cuyana.com, $180
M Missoni Crochet-knit Cotton-blend Cardigan
Missoni’s signature pattern gives this knee-length cardigan such a fun vibe.
To buy: theoutnet.com, $298 (originally $695)
Obey 'Eleanor' Rib Knit Cardigan
This effortlessly chic cardigan has a multi-directional ribbing pattern, dropped shoulders, and a slightly oversized fit for maximum comfort during long flights.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $82
J.Crew Slouchy Cardigan with Side Ties
A cute detail goes a long way. This black cardigan looks way cuter with the side ties.
To buy: jcrew.com, $61 (originally $118)
Billabong Sea The Sun Kimono
We’re in love with this gorgeous floral kimono. It has a beautiful lace trim at the front, side slits, and a dropped waist tie with tassel accents.
To buy: amazon.com, from $59