13 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 autumn/winter 2020 and beyond.

However, the cardigan of today is not just any old cardigan – it comes in a multitude of guises. There are those iterations 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), part effortless off-duty cool (à la Katie Holmes’s cashmere bradigan). Then there are those with the volume turned right up, with all the frills, embroidery and embellishment you can throw at it. Thus the appeal of the cardigan 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

Tucked into denim

With clashing prints

Oversized and over plaid

Layered over a rollback

With a casual white tee

As outerwear

Under outerwear

Draped over your shoulders

With smart trousers

Tied in a knot

With an oversized collar

With novelty buttons

Or a hint of sparkle

13 of the best cardigans to shop now

& Other Stories cardigan
& Other Stories

Alpaca Blend Statement Collar Cardigan, £95, & Other Stories

Zara cardigan
Zara

Pointelle knit cardigan TRF, £19.99, Zara

Reserved cardigan
Reserved

Ladies sweater, £24.99, Reserved

UO cardigan
Urban Outfitters

UO Embroidered Cardigan, £42, Urban Outfitters

Arket cardigan
Arket

Alpaca & Merino Cardigan, £79, Arket

Stradivarius cardigan
Stradivarius

Embroidered knit cardigan, £25.99, Stradivarius

Next cardigan
Next

Taupe Soft Short Cardigan, £28, Next

UO cardigan
Urban Outfitters

UO Ombre Stripe Chenille Cardigan, £42, Urban Outfitters

& Other Stories cardigan
& Other Stories

Dinosaur Button Knit Cardigan, £69, & Other Stories

Cos cardigan
Cos

Recycled cashmere wrap cardigan, £135, Cos

Nasty Gal cardigan
Nasty Gal

Cards on the Cable Knit Embroidered Cardigan, £27, Nasty Gal

Monki cardigan
Monki

Frill collar knit cardigan, £35, Monki

ASOS cardigan
ASOS

Daisy Street oversized cardigan with bow applique in cable knit, £27.99, ASOS