Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans

Oversized cardigans: update your knitwear with these longline and maxi cardies that are as cosy as they are chic

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When it comes to layering, don’t let your style standards slip. Simply invest in an oversized chunky cardigan to elevate without compromising on comfort.

While wearing one’s duvet has become not only commonplace in the world of fashion but, in fact, encouraged, sporting a blanket has, perhaps unsurprisingly, not received the same treatment.

For while snuggling in an Arsene Wenger-inspired puffer is now undeniably en vogue, blanket-like cardigans are still trailing far behind. But that looks set to change with the arrival of a winter that features more Omicron cases – and therein, isolations – than you could shake a stick at.

Indeed, cardigans of the swaddling and snuggly variety have been championed by all manner of brands. From Marni, whose striped mohair knits will banish all connotations of frumpiness you may have had about the humble cardi, to JW Anderson, whose kaleidoscopic iteration spawned a thousand copies after Harry Styles sported one in 2020.

The best thing about an oversized cardigan is it can be thrown on with the smartest and the most casual of outfits; it is quite literally the sartorial equivalent of a hug, which we need now more than ever. These are a few of our favourite snuggly oversized cardigans to shop now.  

  • Cos oversized striped cardigan

    Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans
    Cos oversized striped cardigan

    This chunky colourful knit is crying out to be layered over a white roll neck with a silky slip skirt and chunky black boots for a tonal look. 

    Shop Cos oversized striped cardigan, £79

  • & Other stories boxy wool cardigan

    Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans
    & Other stories boxy wool cardigan

    Forest green knitwear has been a hit this year. Pair this chunky cropped number with statement Pat Butcher-esque earrings for an elevated Zoom look.

    Shop & Other stories boxy wool cardigan, £75

  • Navygrey Heirloom cardigan

    Navygrey cardigan
    Best maxi cardigans: Navygrey

    Made with a vintage feel, this classic cardigan by knitwear hero Navygrey is made to be worn, loved, looked after and passed down to continue the cycle. Handmade in Scotland, for every cardigan sold the British brand plants a tree. 

    Shop Navygrey Heirloom cardigan at Navygrey, £215

  • Mango chunky knit cardigan

    Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans
    Mango chunky knit cardigan

    Pale pistachio knitwear can be added to the carefully curated list of wardrobe classics you reach for on a daily basis. This super cosy style courtesy of the cardi gods at Mango will take you from the sofa, to brunch and everything in between. 

    Shop Mango chunky knit cardigan, £15.99

  • H&M rib knit cardigan

    Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans
    H&M rib knit cardigan

    An oversized cardigan is not only comfy, it’s also the perfect way to layer without going for a chunky knit style. Add a thermal roll neck top or a fine merino wool knit underneath to avoid the bulk but keep the warmth.  

    Shop H&M rib knit cardigan, £39.99

  • Madeleine Thompson Brina rainbow cardigan

    Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans
    Madeleine Thompson Brina rainbow cardigan

    Madeleine Thompson is renowned for crafting cult knits and this is one of those items. The kaleidoscopic colourway, the maxi length and the slouchy fit are giving Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat vibes.

    Shop Madeleine Thompson Brina rainbow cardigan, £415

  • Free People Gather Me Close cardigan

    Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans
    Free People Gather Me Close cardigan

    Imagine this pastel-toned cardigan over a fine knit jumper with jeans for now and switch to a silky slip dress with sandals come spring.

    Shop Free People Gather Me Close cardigan, £158

  • Arket alpaca cardigan

    Winter knitwear trends 2022: best chunky oversized cardigans
    Arket alpaca cardigan

    You needn’t grab this style in a size up as it already has an oversized fit. For those baltic winter days where layers are essential, try this style over a shirt and knit vest combo and leave it undone with jeans. 

    Shop Arket alpaca cardigan, £115

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