As we’ve mentioned before, most major brands now offer their own version of a cardigan, which means there’s something for everyone. We’re seeing designers take the traditional silhouette and change it up by adding heavier fabrics, brighter colors, bolder patterns, and flourishes like shawl collars, belts, and more–all poised to make you look more sartorially savvy as you layer them under what you’re already wearing or as a layer of its own. Here, some of the season’s best to help you channel your inner Mr. Rogers, to suit whatever style you want.
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Uniqlo U Lambswool-Blend V Neck Cardigan
Designed by Christophe Lemaire for the Uniqlo U collection, has trademarks of higher quality design--think ribbed hems and cuffs—but a price point that’s fair easier to stomach.
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Saturdays NYC, Jacob Window Pane Cardigan
What’s great about this cardigan from Saturdays is that it the pattern (especially in black) is a super subtle detail that quickly elevates it from basic to something more special. If you’re looking to take the plunge on something a bit trendier, but aren’t sure if you’re ready for some of the bolder selections below, this is a good middle ground.
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Jamieson’s of Shetland Fair Isle Shawl Cardigan
Between the shawl collar, wool knit, and fair isle pattern, this piece feels like a cardigan your grandfather might own—fitting, since the brand has been around for over 120 years—but in a good, stylish, modern way.
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Buck Mason Ash Vintage Cashmere Cardigan
The chunky knit of this shawl collar cardigan is a solid throwback touch, but its shorter body and knit pattern (notice the slanted pattern toward just above the pockets) make it feel modern. Plus, its blend of merino wool and cashmere is real damn soft.
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Fred Perry Reissues Tipped Cardigan
This cardigan from Fred Perry already has a vintage feel to it, which is reflected in the overall texture. However, the tipping throughout the placket, cuffs, and hem further that timeless feel that’s wrapped in a classic red color.
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Ralph Lauren Purple Label Hand Knit Wool Blend Cardigan
This cardigan has everything: a wool, cashmere, silk-blend material blend; a shawl collar; a belt; and a print that doesn’t look like anything you have in your closet (it helps if you read this aloud in your best Stefon impression). If you’re looking a sweater that ties all the season’s best trends into one without managing to be too much, this will have you covered.