6 Stretchy Knit Outfits to Wear on Repeat This Summer
Head-to-toe silhouettes with that just-right combination of stretch and structure.
If you’ve shopped at M.M. before, chances are you’re familiar with the concept of a jardigan. And in case you haven’t, here’s the SparkNotes version: Jardigan = Jacket + Cardigan. Combining the stretch of a cardigan with the structure of a jacket, the jardigan is our answer to the question, “What do I wear when I want to feel relaxed and agile but look powerful and polished?”—and it’s become one of our best-selling categories. From a streamlined skirt to a swingy sweatshirt, we’ve expanded our jardigan selection to include a range of knits other than just jackets. We now offer 14 jardigan knit styles, which continue to fly off the shelves over 9 years after their first debut.
Jardigan knits owe this great success to their unique, flexible-yet-structured feel, which makes them both super comfortable and polished in appearance. And while knitwear is usually associated with cooler temperatures, we believe in wearing these stretchy staples year-round. Here are six ways to style jardigan knit pieces for summertime, so you can get the most out of your essentials.
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Bare Some Skin
Style-wise, we’re all in on all black at all times of year. But for the sake of summer comfort, we recommend balancing out dark colors with skin-baring silhouettes. Try the elegant Malki top with the not-too-short Caitlin short for a Power Casual look that’s sophisticated and sweat-friendly. Add dimension to this monochromatic pairing with the snakeskin-printed Rowan flat and shiny Claressa hoop.
Lighten Your Load
In the market for an easy summer suit? Say no more. A non-bulky, light-hued jardigan set will get the job done. Go with the cropped Sant Ambroeus jardigan and hip-skimming Harlem skirt in latte for a streamlined duo that offers more stretch than a blazer and more ventilation than pants. Keep things light with the cooling, cotton poplin Evie top, and make your muted palette pop with accessories like the silver Ella sandal and mixed metal Yayoi earring.
Put your stretchy staples to work over the next few months by incorporating a pattern with character—preferably one that can stand on its own should you shed your layer. The Lisey cami in Sahara gives your black Woolf jardigan and Foster pant a fresh perspective, while the open-toed Carter slide establishes this look as summer-ready. Top it all off with the classic Claressa hoop, and hope your commute is as easy as this ensemble.
Play with Texture
A tan-colored go-to like the Harlem skirt might not be the flashiest thing in your closet, but it shines in this stunning symphony of summer textures. The breathable, organic feel of the Adele tank in knit linen complements the skirt’s sleek jardigan knit, while the Rowan flat in prosecco adds subtle glamor. The Ponza earring finishes everything with a pearlescent flourish.
Lean into Laidback
Summer is the season to lean into a more laid-back lifestyle, which calls for low-lift, lounge-ready outfits. Embrace easy fabrics and streamlined set dressing with pieces like the Carlin tank and matching Finley pant. If you must venture out on an errand, elevate your no-fuss outfit by slipping on the Koio Elba slide and quickly fastening the single bezel necklace.
Layer On, Layer Off
Pro tip for dealing with summer’s unpredictable weather and aggressive A/C settings: Toss a wrinkle-resistant jardigan in your tote, and proceed with your summer styling. How about the airy Melody tank and crisp Madelyn pant topped off with the refreshing blue Irene slingback and charming Etel earring? Then, keep your versatile Merritt jardigan on hand for chilly meeting rooms and breezy evenings. Don’t sweat it if you only end up using your jardigan on occasion this season. You’ll live in it come autumn—we promise.