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Top 10 Duster Cardigans

The Duster Cardigan Is The Ultimate Cozy-Chic Fall Layer, And We Ranked The 10 Best

The lines between "real" clothes and comfy clothes have definitely blurred over the years, and it's safe to say they're only getting blurrier. If you've ever started a Zoom meeting in a button-down and sweats, then you probably know what we mean. It's more important than ever to find a balance between loungewear and workwear, and thankfully, the fashion industry is providing.

A prime example? The duster cardigan. Long and luxuriously soft like your favorite spa robe but polished enough to throw over jeans or cinch with a belt, the duster cardigan may just be the topper of 2022. So many brands have come out with swoon-worthy iterations in wool, alpaca, silk, and more, and frankly, we want nothing more than to swaddle ourselves up in one. At work, at home, while working from home—you name it.

If you feel the same, you're in luck. We've rounded up a list of the absolute best duster cardigans you can get your hands on right now, from a $30 Amazon find to splurgier options in pure cashmere. Spoiler alert: you're going to want them all.

How We Found The Best Duster Cardigans

Here at Rank & Style, we don’t play favorites. To round up our Top 10 lists, we use a data-driven algorithm that factors in best-seller lists, user reviews, and industry recognition. Scroll ahead to see which longline cardigans made the cut and shop your favorites.

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September 26, 2022

Words:Rank & Style

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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The Rankings


Goodthreads Mid-Gauge Stretch Hooded Longline Cardigan Sweater

Our Score

4

Best Hooded

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
We don't know about you, but they had us at "hooded." Coupled with fuzzy, cloud-weight stretch yarn, you'll want to wrap up in this cocoon of a cardigan all year long. Oh, and did we mention it's also only $50?

USER REVIEW
"This is probably my favorite thing I’ve ever purchased from Amazon, and I purchase a lot! It’s super soft without feeling flimsy. The length is perfect, and the fit is so flattering. I get so many compliments when I wear it and people are shocked at the price! Also, the hood is small enough to not be bulky but substantial enough to keep the back of your neck warm. In LOVE with the navy color!"

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Old Navy Textured Shaker-Stitch Long-Line Open-Front Sweater

Our Score

4.15

Best Textured

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT
The shaker stitch detail makes this sweater cozier than ever—almost blanket-like. And in true Old Navy fashion, reviewers say the quality is impeccable for the price.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
This beaut comes in all the must-have neutrals: black, grey, beige, and brown.

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Grace Karin Essential Solid Open Front Maxi Sweater

Our Score

4.25

Best Budget

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT
Made of acrylic and viscose—a combo that feels like silk but costs way less—you won't believe how luxurious this under-$40 cardigan is. It also comes in a whopping 29 colors, and thanks to the low price, buying more than one definitely isn't out of the question.

STYLE WITH
The lightweight fabric means this cardigan will be easy to style year-round. We'd throw it over jeans and a long-sleeve tee now, and layer it over a breezy house dress later.

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Aqua Cashmere Duster Cardigan

Our Score

4.25

Best Cashmere

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
It truly doesn't get any more luxurious than this. Made from the finest, softest yarns from inner Mongolia, this pick is pretty much the next best thing to wrapping up in a cashmere blanket—and it's way more appropriate for the office.

HELPFUL TIP
This duster cardigan has a slimmer cut than the rest on the list, so we'd size up if you're going for a slouchier look.

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Amazon Essentials Lightweight Long-Sleeve Longer Length Cardigan

Our Score

4.3

WHO IT'S FOR
Clocking in at just $30 a pop, this longline cardigan is perfect for those seeking a budget buy. It's available in 12 colors, too, so once you decide you love it (you will), you can grab a few more shades.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
This super-soft and layerable cardi has an almost-perfect five-star rating and over 3,000 rave reviews. Need we say more?

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Loft Long Open Cardigan

Our Score

4.3

Best Lightweight

WHO IT'S FOR
This soft cardi is ideal for those who live in warmer climates. Long, flowy, and just a touch warm, it's an excellent throw-on-and-go layer for the sort-of chilly fall weather.

STYLE TIP:
Thanks to the slim fit, this one looks great belted at the waist.

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Banana Republic Costa Linen-Blend Duster

Our Score

4.3

Best Linen Blend

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
With its linen blend, not-too-light weight, and long length, this chic cardigan was expertly crafted for year-round wear. It's also sustainable, as the fibers are derived from certified renewable wood sources and produced using methods that reduce water impact and emissons.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
This duster cardigan also comes in a gorgeous olive green shade, which is perfect for the fall season.

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Quince Mongolian Cashmere Duster Cardigan Sweater

Our Score

4.35

Best Affordable Cashmere

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
Quality cashmere rarely rings up this cheap, especially when it's 100% Grade A Mongolian cashmere. But somehow, Quince made it happen. The retailer sells luxurious silk, cashmere, and linen pieces that rival high-end brands, and they’re ethically and sustainably made.

STYLE WITH
Yep, there's a matching beanie. Cashmere cocoon, here you come.

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Halogen Open Front Pocket Cardigan

Our Score

4.55

Best Cashmere Blend

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
Made with just a touch of cashmere, this cardigan feels luxurious without a luxury price tag. It's also available in a rainbow of colors and comes in petite sizes, so short girls won't have to worry about it dragging the floor.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW
This cardigan runs large, so we recommend sizing down unless you want an extra slouchy look.

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Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Long Cardigan

Our Score

4.75

Best Overall

WHY IT MADE THE LIST
If you've ever felt one of Barefoot Dreams's cult-favorite blankets, then you know this cardigan needs no explaining. Made with the same bouncy, swoon-worthy material, you'll never want to take off this lounge-worthy staple. One reviewer says she has 10, and honestly, we don't think that's extra at all.

STYLE WITH
Throw this one over your lounge set at home or use it cozy up your black work pants at the office.

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