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.
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.
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.
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.