I love cardigans. They are among my favorite winter clothes. They are so warm and snugly, and easy to take off when you get too hot! They haven’t always been fashionable, though, and I remember wearing some hideous ones as a teenager...Which makes me extra glad that designers have cottoned on to our love of cardigans, and have released lots of new styles. Here are my picks for the ten hottest cardigans...
1. Elizabeth and James Faux Fur Cocoon Shrug
Price: $565 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Everyday, Work, Date
Great with: Jeans, a plain T and slouchy boots
The perfect cardigan for a casual outfit, this cream shrug is warm, soft and cute! It looks great teamed with jeans andover the knee boots, but even better layered over a black mini with towering heels. It's amazingly versatile, and its slouchy shape means it’ll make you look svelte. Perfect!
2. L’Agence Silk Cashmere Long Cardigan
Price: $410 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Work, Meeting parents, Out with friends
Great with: Jeans and boots, a casual sun dress
The ultimate in simple styling, this cashmere cardigan is warm and soft, and versatile enough to suit whatever you are wearing. The buttons are extra cute, too, and it’ll show off whatever you are wearing underneath while still keeping you warm, so team with your cutest sundress and high boots. Don't forget to carry a cool, trendy bag. An instant outfit!
3. Phillip Lim Merino Wool Blend Military Cardigan
Price: $350 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: At the beach, out with friends, shopping, days out
Great with: Sundresses, shorts, harem pants
Military chic is set to be a big trend this year, and this cardigan is the perfect way to add it to your wardrobe. Comfortable and well fitted, its also a gorgeous colour, and the gold frogging is an extra cute finish. Teamed with shorts and a vest top, or a simple sundress, it is the perfect finishing touch, and will keep you looking stylish wherever you are!
4. Sass and Bide Blast from the past
Price: $210 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Date, Work
Great with: Skinny jeans and heels
This is a strange cardigan on first look, as it includes the T shirt! It looks gorgeous on, however, with the ripped styling perfectly accompanying the loose cardigan. The gold chaining adds glamour and makes it look dreamy teamed with gold gladiator sandals or some fabulous flats. Let the cardigan do the talking with this, though, or you’ll look overdressed.
5. Crumpet Leopard Print Cashmere Cardigan
Price: $420 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Date, Clubbing, Work
Great with: A black suit or mini dress
This is a surprisingly versatile jacket, as the traditional styling means it looks cute over a suit, and the bright colours look totally chic over a black mini dress. The cashmere means its thick and warm, perfect for wearing over sleeveless clothes in the winter, and the buttons are so cute! An excellent way to spice up a black outfit.
6. Aubin and Wills Cambray Cashmere Blend Cardigan
Price: $320 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Work, Shopping, Everyday
Great with: Minis, skinny jeans, shirts
This gorgeous grey and black cardigan is the perfect way to incorporate masculine tailoring into your wardrobe. Wear over your work outfit for a subtle update, or over a mini and vest top to reinvent casual dressing. It’s super comfy and warm too... Cashmere is so dreamy!
7. Vanessa Bruno Open Front Cardigan
Price: $530 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Work, Date
Great with: Suits, Mini dresses, Skirts
This is perfect, as it is very formal looking teamed with a suit, but also very cute and perfect to look hot on a date! The subtle sparkle makes it eye catching and unusual, and teamed with some hot Sergio Rossi shoes and your favourite mini, it’ll instantly update any outfit.
8. Crumpet Diamond Sequined Cropped Cashmere Cardigan
Price: $655 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Work, Date, Everyday
Great with: Skinny jeans, mini dresses
The child in you will love this! A gorgeous, warm and sparkly cardigan is the perfect way to add feminine charm to any outfit, and looks very glam teamed with a suit. It is very tight fitting, so you may want to get the next size up if you don’t like skin tight tops, but it's very flattering and a must-buy!
9. Stella McCartney Open Knit Cardigan
Price: $1,285 at net-a-porter.com
Great with: Skinnies and boots, boyfriend fit jeans and a loose top
This is an unusual cardigan, that perfects casual-yet-girly! The deep chocolate brown is to die for, and the wool patterns add detailing that makes this cardigan irresistible. Team with skinny jeans and fab designer boots, or loose pants and a baggy top to perfect casual chic.
10. Halmut Lang Wool Blend Jersey Draped Cardigan
Price: $380 at net-a-porter.com
Occasion: Work, Date, Out with the girls
Great with: Anything!
This is a divine cardigan! Combining traditional fitting with geometric cuts, it's the perfect chic, catwalk finish to an outfit. Teamed with skinny jeans and a sparkly top, it easily contributes to a sharp urban look, but it's versatile enough to wear with anything. Don't forget to jazz it up with some gorgeous accessories. What more could you want?! It’s very warm and comfortable, too.
As someone who hates the cold, cardigans have always been a wardrobe essential, and I’ll definitely be investing in a few more! Most of these are incredibly versatile, and perfect for combining different looks into your wardrobe. Have you got a hot cardigan to share? Please let me know!