Summer cardigans: how to style 9 of the best knits

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The classic cardigan is making a comeback – these are the best ways to style it.

New knitwear alert! We know what you’re thinking – knitwear for summer? Yes, really. Just because the warmer days are here doesn’t mean knitwear has to be destined for the vacuum bags. In fact, the ‘new in’ sections are filled with one style in particular: the cardigan.

A much-loved favourite by grandpas and Geography teachers, the classic button up is the key to summer looks. Zara’s beige cardigan and crop top combo went viral at the beginning of the year after paying homage to that Katie Holmes cashmere set. Now, Zara has created a mint green embroidered number that’s already proving to be just as popular. The matchy-matchy set is a refreshing way to wear the cardigan for 2020.

Influencers including We The People Style’s Jessie Bush have also been showing off another way to style the cardigan: wearing it as a top. Button up with nothing else underneath and tuck into jeans or a slip skirt for a nod to the 90s. Is this the perfect WFH outfit? We think so. This is why we’ve searched some of our favourite sites to find the very best styles for summer – from & Other Stories’ short sleeved number to Acne Studios’ classic grey beauty. These are the nine cardigans to add to your online baskets, pronto. 

Best summer cardigans 2020

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories cardigan
    Best cardigans: & Other Stories

    Polo shirts are key this season – opt for a cardigan style and you’ll tick off two micro trends in one. 

    Wear this one  with a slinky slip skirt and lace up shoes. For a more casual vibe, switch to jeans and kicks. 

    Shop & Other Stories cardigan, £55

  • Topshop

    Topshop cardigan
    Best cardigans: Topshop

    Yellow is the sunshine shade that’s uplifting outfits everywhere for summer. From dresses to knitwear, this buttery cardigan is just made to be worn with light wash denim.

    Tip: this cropped style is perfect for styling as a top. 

    Shop Topshop petite yellow ribbed lace cardigan, £16

  • Olive Clothing

    Olive Clothing cardigan
    Best cardigans: Olive Clothing

    The simple wrap cardi is the perfect WFH style. Throw on with a slip skirt or joggers and voila. 

    Shop Olive Clothing ballet wrap cardigan, £59

  • Zara

    Zara cardigan
    Best cardigans: Zara

    There’s a matching crop top to this green embroidered number. Who would have thought the twinset would be cool again? The best part is it’s Zara-approved. 

    Shop Zara embroidered cardigan, £25.99

  • Lee Matthews

    Lee Matthews cardigan
    Best cardigans: Lee Matthews

    Also proving cardigans can be cool, this collared style by Lee Matthews is a summer hit. Try it out with wide leg trousers and chunky sandals. 

    Shop Lee Matthews ribbed cardigan, £279

  • Arket

    Arket cardigan
    Best cardigans: Arket

    Add a pop of colour into your knitwear collection with a lilac cardi. Keep it sleek by wearing it buttoned up as a top with tailored trousers and a chain necklace. It also comes in four other colours.

    Shop Arket alpaca and merino cardigan, £79

  • Mango

    Best cardigans: Mango

    Zara isn’t the only site that has great co-ords this season, Mango has this fringe knit with matching crop top. 

    We’ve already seen someone wearing it on our daily walk, no doubt it’s going to be a hit with the rest of the #MangoGirls this summer.

    Shop mango cardigan, £35.99

  • Acne Studios

    Acne Studios cardigan
    Best cardigans: Acne Studios

    Acne Studios’ knitwear is always an investment buy. Known for being long-lasting, if you invest in a simple style it’ll never date. 

    Try this perfect pink with a white T-shirt, jeans and red sandals for a cool clash.

    Shop Acne Studios neve face appliquéd wool cardigan, £260

  • Comme Des Garçons Girl

    Comme Des Garçons cardigan
    Best cardigans: Comme Des Garçons Girl

    If you like knitwear that you’ll get wear out of, go for a brand like Comme Des Garçons Girl. Its classic styles in neutral hues will go the distance in your wardrobe. 

    Shop Comme Des Garçons Girl v-neck cardigan, £205

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