Knitwear season is here, and the humble cardigan is taking centre stage for autumn in a whole new way.
Cardigans: the fashion world’s signal that autumn and winter are on the horizon. The new-in sections are filled with cardis, and this year they come in all shapes and sizes. From v-neck iterations done up and tucked into jeans, to round-neck styles left open and rolled up. It’s all about making the knit work hard in your wardrobe as a layering tool, and now a sleek separate.
Designers including Shrimps and Wales Bonner have versions you’ll hold onto for a lifetime. Then the high street heroes at H&M and Arket have dropped new styles that will convert anyone into a cosy cardie.
And the 2020 way to wear the seasonal cardigan? Done up as a top with nothing underneath. And we’re embracing it with open arms.
Scroll down to see how to style cardigans as a top, along with the best styles to snap up during the impending chill.
Go for a slightly longer style down to the hips, leave the last few buttons undone and belt at the waist. The result? Autumn outfit perfection.
Cardigans look a million dollars with leather (real or faux) trousers. Fact. Instantly making the most simple of knits look premium, it’s an easy tip to keep in mind. Another go-to tip from fashion stylists is to pick a round-neck style, but not buttoning it up to the top. Keep slightly undone for a relaxed vibe.
And don’t limit yourself to trousers with your favourite knit; cardigans can also be worn as a top with your favourite skirt. In fact, maxi skirts are back on the books this year, too. Wear with your trusty summer sandals for now and switch to chunky boots when it gets cooler.
Big collars are big news, as are cardigans. Add the two together and you get this dreamy knit you’ll cherish in your wardrobe and bring back out at the first sign of a cloudy forecast.
Rhinestone buttons are having a moment and we’re here for it. Update your classic colour knit and let the details do all the talking with a simple pair of jeans and kicks.
If you prefer to keep you knitwear edit classic then this is the one for you. Go top-to-toe tonal by teaming with cream wide leg trousers and brown accessories.
Team this dusty green knit with off-white jeans and chunky Chelsea boots for an off-duty look you’ll wear on repeat.
Animal prints are still going strong for yet another season. Embrace the classic leopard, it’s an easy way to update your knitwear collection.
A way to ensure you’re new season outfits are unique is by looking to vintage stores. Etsy is a go-to for one-off styles no one else will have and Small Needs has the best edit of retro pieces including this cute cardi.
Made from 100% merino wool, this luxe knit will see you through autumn/winter in style. Guaranteed to be the highlight of any outfit – try styling it with wide leg jeans or a silky slip skirt.
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