A few years ago, if you had mentioned the words cardigan set, the phrase would have conjured up images of a preppy, Charlotte York-esque character in pastel-shaded cashmere with a matching headband and pearl necklace to boot. Though last year, Katie Holmes came along and single-handedly blew that notion completely out of the water.
Spotted on the streets of New York wearing a matching cashmere cardigan and knitted bra top by of-the-moment label Khaite, Holmes started a movement. With one image, the concept of the bradigan was born, altering the perception of a sweater set forever.
Since this pop-culture moment, cardigan sets have had a resurgence, shedding their formerly preppy persona and garnering a fan base of influencers and It girls. Of course, high-street retailers have since started creating their own iterations, and now the cardigan set seems to be one of autumn's most in-demand knitwear styles.
In an update to the original look, many of this season's sets contain a knitted crop top, rather than the bra which accompanied Holmes's original outfit. This makes the look a lot more versatile and wearable for real-world occasions. From & Other Stories to Mango, Zara, and more, keep scrolling to see how influencers are styling cardigan sets and to shop the in-demand knit below.