The cardigan is back, and there’s a fresh new way to style it

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Knitwear season is here, and the humble cardigan is taking centre stage for autumn in a whole new way…

Ever get the feeling you’re having déjà vu? Us too. This was exactly our thought when we spotted cardigans all over the most stylish women during fashion month. That’s right, the knitwear of choice for those with a free bus pass has been gracing the most fashionable of cities, and they all have one thing in common (no, not pockets made for Custard Creams) they’re all being worn as a top. The 90s called, they want their trend back!

Cher and Dionne wouldn’t be seen without a cardigan on Clueless, then there was even Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Belair who shoulder-robed one at all times. Now, the nostalgic way to wear one is done up as a top, or even a dress – and we’re embracing the look with open arms. 

Designers including Marni and Stella McCartney have versions you’ll hold onto for a lifetime. Then the high street heroes at & Other Stories and Arket have dropped new styles that will convert anyone into a cosy cardie.

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.

Continue to see Stylist’s best cardigan as tops outfits, along with the best styles to snap up during the impending chill.

street style of cardigan
Belt a cardigan for extra kudos

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 – as above. 

Street style of yellow cardigan
Leave the top buttons undone to keep it cool

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. 

Go for a round-neck style and keep slightly undone for a relaxed vibe. 

Street style of red cardigan
Long styles work with knee high boots

If we told you to wear a cardigan as a dress you may think we had gone mad, until you see it IRL, that is. Not only does it look effortless, it’s the perfect way to show off a killer pair of new season boots.

Street style of cardigan and blazer
Style with a blazer for a luxe look

Instead of adding a roll-neck or a classic T-shirt under a blazer, try a cardigan. Do up all the buttons on a v-neck style and layer it with an oversized blazer for a whole new spin on a classic. 

Note: mixing different shades of the same colour is the new tonal trend to try out. 

Shop cardigans

  • Arket alpaca and merino cardigan

    Arket cardigan
    Best cardigans: Arket

    Green was all over the catwalks at the likes of Gucci and Valentino, and now it’s hit the high street, too. 

    Team with off-white jeans and chunky Chelsea boots for an off-duty look you’ll wear on repeat.

    Green cardigan, £79, Arket

  • Marni oversized wool cardigan

    Image of red cardigan
    Best cardigans: Marni

    Whether you layer a long cardigan over jeans or wear it on its own as a dress, it’s all about teaming with boots. From knee-high retro styles to chunky biker boots. 

    Tip: get a size up to wear oversized. 

    Long cardigan, £850, Marni at

  • & Other Stories oversized ribbed cardigan

    & Other Stories cardigan
    Best cardigans: & Other Stories

    Go classic with a soft grey knit and you can’t go wrong. 

    Wear a round-neck style done up to the top and tuck into jeans, or leave a few buttons undone at the top and push up the sleeves for a laid-back look. 

    Grey cardigan, £85, & Other Stories

  • Stella McCartney wool-blend jacquard cardigan

    Image of Stella cardigan
    Best cardigans: Stella McCartney

    A heritage jacquard print will go the distance in your wardrobe. Classic, effortless and easy to style. 

    Go for loose-fit jeans and hiker boots for a countryside feel. 

    Wool blend cardigan, £995, Stella McCartney at

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