Obsessions: The cardigan
Although we’re already looking ahead to our winter wardrobes, changeable weather means it’s not quite time to slip into cold-weather essentials just yet. The alternative? Layering, second-skin knits and an unexpected wardrobe staple – the cardigan. As we start to embrace this retro style again, we’ve handpicked the muses who have made cardigans irresistible over the years.
As cult 80s classics go, the Heathers plays host to some epic style moments but we were always most inspired by Veronica Sawyer. Recreate her infamous look with our Button Front Cardigan, a simple tee and undone curls for a relaxed take on the trend. Other understated icons are Gwyneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder herself, who made cardigans cool in the 90s with printed skirts and short pixie haircuts.
To make more of a statement, throw on a maxi cardigan in a unique motif. 70s style favourite Ali Macgraw showed us how to layer a longline silhouette with flared jeans, whilst Marilyn Monroe kept her look carefree in a chunky, oversized design. Exude a similar nonchalant feel with wrap cardigans in graphic prints and keep the rest of your look pared back this season.
For an easy way to energise your look, take cues from Julia Roberts, who effortlessly teamed a voluminous style with dressed down denim and forever-cool accessories. If you’re looking for a way to wear the cardigan after-dark, channel Kate Moss in a button-up knit, a white t-shirt and an elegant up-do. Or for a more feminine approach, pair a pastel hue with a classic A-line skirt. The result? A charming look, worthy of Cher Horowitz’s wardrobe in Clueless.
When it comes to modern muses, nobody inspires us quite like Sienna Miller. Emulate her refined sense of style by combining your cardigan with wide leg trousers and signature totes – perfect for work dressing. When it’s time to clock off, just add jeans, cool sunglasses and a pair of heeled sandals.
However you choose to weave cardigans into your wardrobe this season, inspiration is never far away. Discover our latest knitwear for timeless pieces you can wear now and later.