Aah, the humble cardigan. Simultaneously an enduring staple and the sartorial equivalent of a hug, this knitted style comes in many forms. Whether cropped, wrap-around, embellished or patterned, cardigans are undoubtedly one of the most exciting items to bust out of storage and take pride of place in our autumn/winter wardrobes.
But as with any basic, one can easily fall into the same old patterns and lean on a handful of outfit formulas. Personally, I like to button mine up most of the way and tuck it into a pair of relaxed-fit jeans. Or if I’m wearing a midi dress, I treat it as a cosy layer to keep on hand for when I need it. Keen to broaden my knitwear horizons, I took to Instagram to absorb some fresh inspiration.
From casual girl-about-town looks to glitzy evening ensembles, the examples I found prove cardigans are about as versatile as it gets. Whether you’ll be wearing maxi skirts or wide-leg trousers this season, this knitwear essential deserves a spot in your weekly roster—and not just for aesthetics. I don’t need to tell you how grateful you’ll be once the temperature drops. Scroll on to see our pick of the best autumn cardigan outfits.