Fashion & Beauty

The Comeback Cardigan

July 10, 2018


Left: Coat-like sweaters like Anthropologie’s Abbot Crocheted Cardigan are having a moment. Wear this long, loose knit over slim jeans or even as a bathing-suit coverup. $138, Anthropologie.  Center: To connect with your Italian Riviera dreams, wear Emilio Puccis slim ribbed knit with a waist-defining  belt and a mandarin collar with a pair of capris in the brand’s signature print. $786, farfetch. Right: How cute is this retro-looking, charming short-sleeve cardigan from Marni. $980, Totokaelo.

OVERLY AIR-conditioned spaces—offices, theaters, restaurants, grocery stores, for example—pose a peril to bare arms and shoulders, unprepared in sundresses and sleeveless tops. But, thanks to the most recent collections of Alessandro Michele at Gucci, Miuccia Prada and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, slouchy, oversize cardigans in bright colors, stripes, sheer fabrics and loose knits are on trend. A welcome replacement for the blah black cardigan you’ve been stashing in your handbag to combat frigid indoor temps. Stop your style-less shivering. Here are some current favorites above and below.

—Janet Kelly


Left: The striped, ribbed waistband on this Dries Van Notens metallic cardigan adds a sporty yet sophisticated touch. Pair yours with cropped trousers and ankle boots for work and weekends, too. $358, Mytheresa. Right: Diane von Furstenbergs Long-Sleeve Color-Block Cotton Cardigan in a finely knit cotton blend is a cheery, bright interpretation of a classic tennis sweater. And just like the old version, it looks terrific with white pants or a white skirt. $328, dvf.


Designer Abe Chitose of Sacai likes to mix things up: case in point, her Striped Cotton and Poplin cardigan, which combines the features of a sweater with a button-down shirt. $216, netaporter.


Left: If you’re put off the sweet look of Eloquii’s Ruffle Cropped Cardigan, pair it with something a little edgier. $69.90 (also available in pink and black), EloquiiRight: You can decide if Adeams Bow-Embellished Cotton-Blend Cardigan will keep you covered up enough. We think the cut-outs with bows give some whimsy to the sweater. $303, modaoperandi.




Left: Generate your own heat in a blast of orange from H&M’s cotton cardigan. $10.99, H&M. Right: Speaking of color, No. 21’s Contrast-placket cotton-blend cardigan unexpectedly pairs a demure brown with emerald green. A stepped hem makes for a comfortable fit. When fall arrives, wear with a denim A-line skirt. $279, matchesfashion.



Left: How do you make a black cardigan stand out? Add a fringed hem. From Carven. $297, farfetchRight: Playful printed polka dots are overlaid with a trompe-l’oeil print designed to look like textured fabric. From Comme des Garçons Comme des Garçons’ spring 2018 collection. $307.50, netaporter.


Left: It may look more like a shawl than a cardigan, but Mango’s Wrap ribbed-knit cardigan in a deliciously cool celadon, offers stylish cover. $39.99, shopspring. Center: Good luck finding a white sweater end of June, beginning of July. Which is why we’re delighted we came across Vince Camuto’s sheer-stripe, airy cardigan. $99, Nordstrom. Right: Lime green took off this summer when Queen Elizabeth wore bright green to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s May wedding. Follow Her Majesty’s lead in Cos’s Checked Jaquard Knit Cardigan in the color of the moment. $115, shopspring.


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