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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.
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
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.
& 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.
Navygrey Heirloom cardigan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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