It’s the greatest debate since Nixon took to the stage against Kennedy (well almost), but now that summer appears to have vanished without a trace, our inner monologues are going ten to the dozen, repeating the same old phrase – Sweater or cardigan? Here to help you decide are this season’s very best from some of the top designers.Sweaters
Every fashionista needs a statement sweater in her wardrobe, and Proenza Schouler’s geometric wool and cashmere-blend version is one of the coolest styles we’ve seen. Complement the dove-gray hue with neutral jeans, working the brand’s contemporary attitude with metallic boots and a stack of bracelets.
Bring a note of playfulness and charm to your new-season look with J.Crew’s heart intarsia merino wool sweater. Wear yours with black to make the pink and peacock colors pop.
Marc Jacobs’ spectacular FW show caused a stir amongst the fashion pack, and is set to be one of the season’s most covetable collections. The look was brilliant and bold, just like this green and silver hand-crocheted wool-blend sweater. Team yours with an A-line skirt and patent pumps to create this seasons cocoon silhouette.
Both cozy and glamorous, Gucci’s heavyweight wool sweater has shot straight to the top of our FW12 wish list. With an elegant turtleneck, dropped shoulders and a drawstring hem to cinch your silhouette, this richly hued merlot top will wow around the clock. Wear yours with tailored pants and pointed pumps for flawless 24-hour chic.Cardigans
- M Missoni Crochet-knit cardigan – £400
The youthful sister line to the renowned Italian fashion house, M Missoni cements its style status with this beautiful crochet-knit cardigan. Lightweight enough for layering during the warmer months, this vibrant coverup offers endless styling opportunities. For the most fashion-forward finish, match your makeup to the rich palette with bordeaux lipstick and a flick of navy eyeliner.
- Clements Ribeiro Harlequin intarsia cashmere cardigan – £940
Decorated with a bold harlequin intarsia, Clements Ribeiro’s cashmere cardigan is a masterful mix of classic and contemporary. This luxurious piece is an easy way to brighten up an elegant monochrome look – try styling it with a whip-thin waist belt for extra definition.
Take the season’s love of bright color through to your knitwear with Vivienne Westwood Anglomania’s orb-embroidered violet cardigan. For the most modern way to wear it, clash the super bold hue with a printed skirt and contrasting heels.
Channel fashion’s ladylike mood with Moschino Cheap and Chic’s cream cotton and wool-blend cardigan. Printed with trompe l’oeil buttons, this zip-front piece is playfully prim. Wear it with gold earrings and a lace pencil skirt for a sophisticated finish.