18 of the best cardigans to tap into this season’s biggest trend

Of all the wardrobe staples we’d have expected to take centre stage in recent years, cardigans would be languishing at the bottom of the list, buried deep under unflattering connotations of frumpiness and ‘librarian chic’.  But you can colour us corrected, because the cosy knit has fast become the It girl’s layer of choice, and it looks set to stay in favour for 2020 and beyond.

However, the cardigan of today is not just any old cardigan – it’s a cardigan with the volume turned down, with styling sleeker and chicer than ever. Part preppy throwback to the 90s (think Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, or Cameron Diaz in My Best Friend’s Wedding), and part effortless off-duty cool (à la Katie Holmes’s cashmere bradigan), the appeal is wide-spread, which is why the high-street rails are currently full to bursting.

‘They’re just so easy to wear and easy to style. You don’t really need to think about your outfit, you just wear the cardigan and a pair of high-waisted jeans and you’re good to go,’ explains Morgane Sezalory, founder of Sézane, whose  £90 Barry design has racked up waiting lists of thousands in the past. ‘It is a vintage trend and it is something really Parisian to wear, too.’

So, ready to snuggle up?

How to style a cardigan

With a satin skirt

Tucked into denim

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With clashing prints

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Oversized and over plaid

Layered over a rollback

With a casual white tee

As outerwear

Under outerwear

Draped over your shoulders

With fun customised buttons

Or a hint of sparkle

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15 of the best cardigans to shop now

best cardigans H&M

Cardigan With Sparkle Buttons, £24.99, H&M 

best cardigans sezane
Sezane

Gaspard Jumper, £90, Sézane

best cardigans & other stories
& Other Stories

Dinosaur Button Knit Cardigan, £75, & Other Stories

best cardigans warehouse

Wide Travelling Rib Cardigan, £20 (was £42), Warehouse

Lettuce Button Cardigan,  £16, Topshop

Lightweight Merino Boy Cardigan, £60, Toast

best cardigans mango

Crochet Cardigan, £69.99, Mango

cardigan next

Cable Cardigan, £28, Next

Wool Blend Eyelet Knit Cardigan, £55, & Other Stories 

ganni cardigan

Ganni Rib Knit Cardigan, £132 (was £220), Net-A-Porter

Alpaca & Merino Cardigan, £79, Arket

Wool Blend Eyelet Knit Cardigan, £55, & Other Stories

best Cardigans reserved

Cardigan With Large Buttons, £24.99 (was £34.99), Reserved

Zara Katie Holmes bradigan

Wool Blend Cardigan, £25.99, Zara

monki cardigan

Ribbed Cardigan, £30, Monki

best cardigans tuOatmeal V-Neck Pointelle Cardigan, £18, TU Clothing

Button Front Boyfriend Cardigan, £14, Matalan

best cardigans cos

Sailor Collar Cardigan, £69, Cos

oasis cardigan

Ribbed Cardigan, £29, Oasis