Cardigans Are All I Want to Wear This Winter—and These Are My Favourites

The cardigan was long considered one of the frumpiest things you could wear, but after an endorsement by Miuccia Prada and dozens more, they’ve become one of the key buys of the season. The cult cardigan became a thing in 2019, thanks to Katie Holmes and her Khaite set and a string of other sellout cardis. Leandra Medine's embroidered floral cardi for Mango, for example, has been a regular feature on my Instagram feed, and Zara's cardigan and knitted bra set sold out within hours of going live on site. 

The key to making this item look relevant is to opt for soft-looking knitwear, which is as cosy as possible—the appeal of Katie Holmes's cardi is just how soft it is. Although you can’t beat beige, burgundy and grey cardigans that are fitted to the body with small buttons, we’re also loving the jazzier varieties available too. Cardigans in punchy colours are trending this winter, such as fuchsia, bold green, mint and lilac. I'm also really into printed and checked cardigans if you want something a little more out of the ordinary.  

Style Notes: Lucy Williams wears the now-sold-out Mango cardigan—note how she buttons it up all the way to the top. 

Style Notes: Cardigans with pearl button detailing and puff sleeves are proving popular this year. 

Style Notes: French girls like Adenorah often tuck their cardigans into the waistbands of their jeans. 

Style Notes: This Zara crop top–and-cardigan set was a huge sellout in 2019.

Style Notes: Wear a cardigan with nothing underneath for a sexier look and add a statement necklace. 

Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best cardigans to buy now. 

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Next up, see our guide to the key trends for S/S 20.