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.
Not all cardigans have to be plain, simple things. They can be OTT like this one too.
Wear your cardigan without anything else underneath and balance out the look with more masculine trousers.
Rouje's latest drop has landed, and it's cardigan-tastic.
Who says you have to wear a plain cardi with a plain tee underneath? Try a motif T-shirt with a patterned knit sometime.
A little beige cardi can be thrown over anything.
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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.
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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.
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.