What Type of Sweater Goes with a Light Blue Shirt?

Heather Hemmens wears a cinched cardigan over a light blue shirt to a launch event.

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Layering is a lot easier than it looks and a necessary practice to learn as a fashionista. If you've got a shirt that's light blue -- a great pseudo-neutral color -- and you're attempting to layer effectively, you've got lots of options. A fabulous way to do this, especially in colder months, is to utilize the sweater as your over-item. Whether you're wearing this ensemble to work, to the mall or on a date, there are tons of styles of sweaters for you to choose from, all of which look fab.

The Fitted Cardigan

The fitted cardigan -- a sweater that buttons or ties in the front -- is a must-have piece for layering. Over your light blue shirt, whether it's a blouse or a T-shirt, a cardigan left open will look great. You can also fasten all of the buttons or tie it shut. Because light blue is such a versatile color, feel free to experiment with the color and/or print of your cardigan.

The Boyfriend Cardigan

If you want a really stylish but super-comfy sweater, go with the boyfriend sweater, which has a longer and less fitted cut. This sweater is great to layer over your light blue blouse for work or a casual shirt when you're just looking to stay warm and, of course, cute. According to "CBS News," a boyfriend cardigan comes with lots of versatility and looks great when belted or tucked in, so try all of these looks over your shirt. Be sure to coordinate your colors based on where you're headed. For work, choose a professional color like gray or a black and white print, which both match light blue. For fun, try a bright pink or a funky multi-color print with some light blue in it.

The Drape Sweater

A drape sweater -- an open sweater with excess front fabric draped on either side -- is a great accessory to your light blue shirt and will match in most colors. This style comes with sleeves or without, but both work as a fashionable layer. By simply slipping this on over your light blue shirt, you'll be adding movement and interest to your ensemble with very little effort.

The Sweater Vest

Menswear-inspired looks are hot and the sweater vest is no exception. Pair this masculine-chic layer with your light blue shirt and you'll instantly add a fashionable dichotomy to your ensemble. Pair your shirt with a traditional argyle sweater vest containing light blue in the pattern for a great office look. For a more feminine take on the sweater vest, wear a cropped version of the traditional style or a longer cut with an embellishment like a belt or a bow.

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