Let’s hear it for the Cardigan….

If there’s one thing you need in your wardrobe at this time of year, it’s a chunky cardigan….

Isn’t it great when fashion deems your favourite item of clothing a ‘must-have’? Oversized cardigans have been my wardrobe go-to for years. Cosy, cool and covers all the wobbly bits, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up in one at this time of year?  Well, now we all can (and feel completely on trend whilst doing so) as cardigans are where IT’S AT as far as the fashpack are concerned. And the good news is, that your probably have one in your wardrobe already. And, if you don’t have one in your wardrobe already, then it’s highly likely that anything you buy will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe and work hard with your jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses, giving them a new lease of life.

Whilst slim-fitting cardis are acceptable (although darn it, wear what you want!), the best kind (imho) are the chunky ones that you can hide away in. Fashionable blankets as you will. Chicwish (a brand that suddenly seems to be everywhere) have nailed the market in chunky knits with a range of styles in a wide range of colours.  I rather like their grey bobble armed number.

For something truly beautiful and unique, check out Dutch brand MYPZ‘s hand-knitted mohair cardigans. They also sell patterns, yarn and kits, so if you have the skills (or fancy learning the skills) you can knit one yourself. Or if you have a LOT of spare cash, then Hayley Menzies is a one-stop for incredible knits and longline coatigans.  They may cost a small fortune, but they really are show-stoppers.

Otherwise, all the usual high street culprits offer variations on the theme, although it’s always worth checking out your indy boutiques for slightly smaller, less ‘everywhere’ labels like American Vintage and Maison Anje who both make gorgeous, slightly fluffy longline cardis that make you feel as good as they look.

Knit your Love cardigan in ivory, £69.21, Chicwish; Animal print cardigan, £39, Topshop; mohair cardigan, Euro255, MYPZ; Paia cardigan, £64.99, Saint Tropez; Leopard puff sleeve cardi, £85, Stories; Gloria mohair cardigan in pink, £550, Hayley Menzies; Chunky cardigan in grey, £67.50, ChicwishColour block cardigan, £29.99, Zara (below).

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