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.
French girls are very much in on the act, wearing skinny-fit cardis with cords, skirts and unbuttoned over dresses.
Scandi girls appear to like their knits big and with long sleeves. The slouchier, the better.