New Season Cardigans For Cooler Days

By Ashling McCloy | 3rd October 2023
stylish cardigans

From Gucci to Khaite, designers are bringing us elevated knitwear like never before. We’re seeing bold colours, prints and patterns alongside chic classic designs, as the cardigan becomes the most anticipated piece of the season. Prepare to cosy up and embrace homespun style in the latest drop of fashion knits.

The best part about the temperatures dropping? Apart from pumpkin lattes, it has got to be the luxury of finally snuggling into a seriously soft cardigan. When it comes to knitwear, the humble cardi has become a true favourite thanks to its comfort and, of course, style appeal. And yes, there will be those still questioning the frump factor, but stop the doubting and start styling. Thanks to a) designers (namely Khaite, Raey, and Gucci) making them fabulous, b) a new appreciation for handcraft skills and c) a desire for lifelong pieces, the cardigan is most definitely not going anywhere fast and is 100% not frumpy. For extra warmth, pair with a gorgeous jacket, wide-leg jeans and some chunky boots.

It’s now cult status has a lot to do with Harry Styles. The man of the moment appeared on stage in JW Anderson’s multi-coloured patchwork cardigan and, only last year, saw him on the front cover of Rolling Stone in a cable knit Marni cardi. I mean, the guy loves his knitwear. An onslaught of influencers quickly followed suit and were spotted at fashion weeks across the globe in chic cardigans.

While we may not be about to knit our own or go full-colour explosion a la Harry Styles, we do know where to seek out our favourite pieces for a fresh AW23 feel. From understated tones – think classy creams, rust and beige – to bolder shades, the high street has you covered, but don’t forget to shop small. Independent labels like Sheep Inc., The Knotty Ones and L’envers focus on sustainability and designing for longevity. These are the pieces you will love for life, not just for a season.

Statement Cardigans


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You know when you spot a cardi at fashion week, it's about to go stellar. Inspired by classic collegiate styles, Gucci's cardigan has become a favourite with the style set. Made in Italy from cosy cotton-blend and patterned with the brand's signature red and green stripes, it makes for a more relaxed take on the blazer.

At Sheep Inc, each knitwear piece tells a story, starting with a single thread spun from the fleece of a hand-selected Merino sheep. The journey of every garment can be traced back to its origin, thanks to the innovative Connected Dot, an NFC tag ingeniously integrated into the hem.

Sheep Inc., The Checkmate Cardigan, £320

Classic Cardigans

The Knotty Ones - Elevated knitwear celebrating the women and heritage behind our knits.


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