Oith a lineage that spans from the Battle of Balaclava to Taylor Swift to Kurt Cobain, the cardigan is making a big deal. Seen on the SS22 catwalks, the new cardigan came in dip-dye at Hermès, pastel blanket style at Dunhill, and a playful Dalmatian puppy print and sequin graphic script at Celine (below). With our changing summer weather forecast, an extra layer is needed, so follow the trend: swap your jacket for a trendy cardigan and adopt a mid-range t-shirt and trousers for a complete look in one go. .
A bold pattern or color, like Nanushka’s floral pattern (2, below) and Gant’s tiger camo (4, below), or wearebraindead.com’s yellow cardigan with cartoon devil patterns (£157) and Cole Buxton’s pink style (£225) are instant ways to turn a boring outfit into something more remarkable. Size up for an oversized fit. Urban Outfitters’ sunray design (10, below) and House of Sunny’s Clint cardigan (6, below) with its cacti and mauve sky, would both be perfect worn with shorts for a picnic at the park.
It’s not just the print, think about the texture too: Cos’ fluffy taupe cardigan (5, below) looks great with an all-white look for a chic-casual summer event, and the lilac-and-lamp style at Lazy Oaf red lava (7, below). ) follows Marni’s colorful mohair lead at a more affordable price. Japanese brand Beams Plus is a go-to for knitwear pieces in its collection of work and varsity wear. On the high street, Zara’s camel Argyle style (8, below) is a useful classic that will never date.
Buying second-hand knitwear can net you some great finds, including reasonably priced cashmere. Check out preloved.co.uk, Asos Marketplace and thrifted.com, or visit your local vintage and charity shops.
1. College, £175, tedbaker.com
2. Floral, £445, nanushka.com
3. Squares, £249, sandro-paris.com
4. Graphic, £185, glove.co.uk
5. Fawn, £79, costores.com
6. Clint, £130, houseofsunny.co.uk
7. Lava lamp, £95, lazyoaf.com
8. Argyle, £49.99, zara.com
9. Organic, £240, riley.studio
10. Landscape in Sunbeams, £59, urbanoutfitters.com