Love it or loathe it, the cardigan is inescapably the It knit of the season.
Chloe Street reveals the four cardi-gangs you need to know to stay chic this winter
Has 2020 left you craving a life of bucolic bliss? You’re not alone. The ‘cottagecore’ social media trend romanticising rural living exploded this year and its back-to-basics ethos has influenced designs from the chunky floral appliqué ones at Shrimps to the chintzy collared versions at Miu Miu. Pair with tartan kilts for the office — or flowing floral maxis for milking the cows.
Miu Miu, £1,350
If you’ve spent most of the past nine months in a dressing gown I have fantastic news: long, robe-like cardigans are having a moment, with demand up 38 per cent month-on-month according to Lyst. They’re the perfect piece in which to segue from your sofa back to the real world.
The reversible belted cardigan from Dior’s first-ever loungewear range, Dior Chez Moi, is an elegant way to tackle the trend. For something jazzier, look to London label Hayley Menzies’ kooky duster cardis or ankle-skimming numbers such as Mango’s Missoni-esque multicolour knit, which look great worn open with a vest, jeans and boots.
Hailey Menzies, £430
A lack of parties might mean minimal need for micro minis and sparkly stilettos, but that doesn’t negate the necessity for fabulous fashion in other forms. Introducing the Party Cardi, the cashmere twin set’s bedazzled naughty sister.
Whether Christopher Kane’s asymmetric cardigan dripping with diamanté or Marques’Almeida and The Attico’s feathered friends, the Party Cardi is a festive dressing quick win, on hand to instantly upgrade your jeans and flats. Best accessorised with sparkly eye shadow, a cocktail ring and a champagne cocktail, natch.
The Attico, £570
Simone Rocha, £555
Christopher Kane, £1,145
Alessandra Rich, £479.50
Since Katie Holmes’ grey Khaite cardi-and-bra moment went viral this time last year, knit cardigans with matching crop tops or camis have been gaining traction as a stealth WFH-friendly winner. Bring the look bang up to date with of a third knit component: your pants. Sandro’s high-waisted knickers, cami and cardi sets come in cheering hues of buttercup yellow and bubblegum pink, while Khaite’s new red three-piece has Holmes-at-home moment round two written all over it.
Khaite bra, £450, cardigan, £1310, shorts, £430