The word "cardigan" sounds about as sexy as a soggy sandwich, but depending on the ebb and flow of fashion's mood, this knitted cover-up can be one of the best pieces to own. We're fairly certain Alexa Chung set the wheels in motion last year when she popped a pink Ganni cardigan on top of some vinyl trousers to soften their sass factor. Since then, the button-down knit has been gaining momentum, and in the past few days alone, two of my colleagues—Emma Spedding and Isabel Mundigo-Moore—have just bought the same cropped & Other Stories cardigan in different colourways. It turns out that one of our favourite UK influencers, Lizzy Hadfield, owns it in cream too.
If you're looking for a designer stamp of approval, there's plenty of that too. The autumn/winter 2018 runways are in agreement: Versace, Gucci, Sonia Rykiel, Dior and many more all adding to its catwalk reputation. So how to wear a cardigan now? Keep scrolling to see.
A few years back, we were styling them long and lightweight, fastened with a skinny belt over trousers. But that is not the route to cardigan cool in 2018: You have a vast selection of options, and we're looking to the streets and our Instagram feeds for inspiration: From the simple cardigan-and-camisole combo to vintage-inspired bohemia (one particular brand called Alanui has made fringed cardis a thing again), keep scrolling to see how to wear cardigans now.
Not all cardigans have to be plain, simple things. They can be OTT like this one too.
A little beige cardi can be thrown over anything.
When in doubt, wear your cardigan with a white tee and straight-leg jeans, à la Lucy Williams.
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Smarten up a cardigan-and-jeans combination with loafers and a slim-line roll-neck. Don't forget to do the hair tuck.
Coatigans = your autumn saviour when the weather is too hot, too cold or somewhere in-between.
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Argyle motifs are to cardigans what bread is to butter—these two are always a classic match.
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In the same way that all shirt sleeves are now to be worn XXL, take the tack with your cardigan. Fringing makes this go a step further.
The statement-sleeve trend has extended to the cardigan world—so don't be afraid to tick off two trends at once.
We'll be taking Alex of The Frugality's idea into party season: Slinky camisoles and cardigans look great.
Fashion editor Carlotta Oddi is the co-founder of Alanui—the brand that can lay claim to her intricately knitted cardigan pictured here.
Not all cardigans have to be worn long. Try tucking a neater style into retro trousers for a '70s look.
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Do the double whammy, and wear a maxi cardigan with a maxi dress.
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Livens up your old black jeans in a flash.
Very retro with a pointed-collar shirt underneath.
Pair it up with a cute mini skirt.
The scalloped edges are just so sweet.
The holy grail of knitwear.
So Cher from Clueless. Always a good thing.
Scarf/jumper/cardigan? We like.
Baby pink cardigan with a pair of jeans? That formula has our name on it.
Boho cardigans tick the trend off too.
Tuck this into a pair of silky trousers.
Next up, the best jumpers this season.