Top five stylish cardigans for winter

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Once the preserve of pensioners and geography teachers (with added leather patches), the cardigan is making a comeback, with the shops full of this "must have" winter fashion essential. But which one should you buy? Here’s my pick of the best – with a choice to suit all pockets.

1. Fred Perry Classic Lambswool Cardigan

Fred Perry is digging deep into its heritage, producing some classic designs from days gone by, including this Classic Lambswool Cardigan, with a design dating back to the 60s. Featuring ribbed cuffs, wood-effect buttons and an embroidered laurel, it’s available in black or navy for £90.

Fred Perry website

2. Marks and Spencer Autograph Contrast Trim Cardigan

The M&S Autograph range has never lived up to its designer promise, but there’s always the odd affordable gem to be found, like this Autograph Contrast Trim Cardigan. It’s a blend of merino wool and acrylic in either brown or grey, both featuring a contrasting trim, contrast buttons and ribbed cuffs and hem. Well priced at £35.

Marks and Spencer website

3. Ralph Lauren LS V Neck Cardigan

One for the traditionalists and fashion spotters. This is how a cardigan used to look, but it’s a style that’s now hard to find on the high street. This one is Ralph Lauren, imported from the US, 100% wool and featuring two front pockets, leather detail buttons plus ribbed hem and cuffs. Available in green and grey, it will set you back around £140.

Oi Polloi website

4. John Smedley Integral Cardigan

You can’t really do a cardigan round-up without mentioning the king of knitwear – John Smedley. Available in green, brown and grey, this Integral Cardigan is made of an extra-fine, lightweight merino wool, with two pockets and a higher neckline than any of our other recommendations. As you’d expect, not cheap at £112.

John Smedley website

5.Jasper Conran at Debenhams Merino Cardigan

If the John Smedley price tag is a bit rich for you, have a look at the merino wool cardigans in the Designers at Debenhams range. This one is part of the J range by Jasper Conran, in turquoise only, it’s also got turquoise buttons, a brown trim detail and a pocket-friendly £40 price tag.

Debenhams website

By ShinyMedia | October 16th, 2006