The cardigan was long considered one of the frumpiest things you could wear, but after an endorsement by Miuccia Prada and dozens more, they’ve become a chic staple. The cult cardigan became a thing in 2019, thanks to Katie Holmes and her Khaite set and a string of other sellout cardis. Two years later and the humble cardigan is still one of our favourite piece to wear working at home.
The key to making this item look relevant is to opt for soft-looking knitwear, which is as cosy as possible—the appeal of Katie Holmes’s infamous cardi is just how soft it is. Although you can’t beat beige, burgundy, and grey cardigans that are fitted to the body with small buttons, we’re also loving the jazzier vintage-style varieties available, too. Cardigans in punchy colours are trending this spring, such as shades of fuchsia, bold green, mint, and lilac. We’re also really into printed and checked cardigans if you want something a little more out of the ordinary.
Influencers can’t seem to get enough of them, either, as they keep wearing them in a multitude of ways. Keep scrolling to get all the cardigan outfit inspiration you need, then proceed to shop the best cardigans of 2021...
Style Notes: This ribbed beige cardigan looks amazing with just a pair of hoops and dark-wash jeans.
Style Notes: Soraya's pastel check cardigan is seriously cute—and we love her matching pretty scrunchie on her wrist.
Style Notes: We love how Abi wears a classic cream and black cardigan with gold buttons with black cycling shorts.
Style Notes: Lucy Williams wears a floral-embellished Mango cardigan from last year—note how she buttons it up all the way to the top.
Style Notes: Cardigans with pearl button detailing and puff sleeves are proving popular this year.
Style Notes: Eni wears an old season Zara cardigan and matching knit top which is adorned with sweet floral embroidery.
Style Notes: French girls like Adenorah often tuck their cardigans into the waistbands of their jeans.
Style Notes: This Zara crop top–and-cardigan set was a huge sellout in 2019—and we are still just as obsessed with knitted cardigan sets.
Style Notes: Ada pairs her cropped cardigan with another key spring item—a high-waist denim midi skirt.
Style Notes: Wear a cardigan with nothing underneath for a sexier look and add a statement necklace.
Style Notes: This Arket checked cardigan looks amazing with a brown roll-neck and turned-up jeans.
Style Notes: You can't beat a cream cardigan paired with white jeans. Simple, but oh-so good.
Style Notes: This Arket fitted cardigan looks amazing half buttoned with high-waisted jeans.
Ganni Ribbed-Knit Cardigan (£245)
Arket Fitted Cardigan (£79)
Mango Bonfire Cardi (£108)
Miu Miu Cropped Intarsia Wool Cardigan (£790)
Gucci Metallic Intarsia Cotton-Blend Cardigan (£880)
& Other Stories Wool Blend Tortoise Button Cardigan ($65)
Self-Portrait Cropped Lace-Trimmed Crystal-Embellished Cable-Knit Cardigan (£280)
Miu Miu Crochet-Trimmed Sequined Striped Cable-Knit Cardigan (£1060)
& Other Stories Cropped Cable Knit Cardigan (£85)
& Other Stories Alpaca Blend V-Neck Cardigan (£69)
& Other Stories Long Sculptural Knit Cardigan (£66)
Arket Alpaca & Merino Cardigan (£79)
Lisa Yang Indya Point-Collar Ribbed-Cashmere Cardigan (£350)
Prada Ribbed Patchwork Wool and Silk-Blend Cardigan (£855)
Missoni Esme Set (£90)
Molly Goddard Timmy Fair Isle Wool Cardigan (£380)
Pilcro and the Letterpress Pilcro Jemma Cable-Knit Cardigan (£120)
Nanushka Cade Cream Fine-Knit Cardigan (£275)
Allsaints Drew Cashmere-Wool Cardigan (£159)
Arket Oversized Wool Cardigan (£115)
Molly Goddard Aileen Flower-Appliqué Wool Cardigan ($780)
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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