3 Ways To Make A Cardigan Cool Again

We have to admit: We were a bit skeptical when we noticed cardigans slipping into the fall 2017 collections. Sure, Helena Christensen's turn on the catwalk at Perry Ellis' '93 show makes a fantastic case for the button-up knit, layered over her checked slip dress, hair tousled, lace-up boots a-stomping. But now? How are we to wear the cardigan in 2017?
This season, DSquared2 went for the Ellis aesthetic, with belted cami dresses worn under off-the-shoulder oversized knits, while Gucci took things to the ladylike extreme with heritage cardigans paired with strings of pearls and '20s knitted caps. We also loved Miu Miu's embroidered cardigan, styled with clashing prints, and Christopher Kane's pink number proved that colorblocked options can make a major statement.
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Of course, the trend soon hit the streets, with even more inspired ways to wear the coziest knit of the season. Here's how we're styling our cardigans this winter.
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Grandad-Inspired
What to look for with this style? Big pockets, long lengths, and a deep, front-button V. Alternatively, boxy and fitted pieces work well with Fair Isle patterns or mohair fabrics.
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COS Speckled Reverse-knit Cardigan, $89, available at COS.
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H&M Knitted Cardigan, $49.99, available at H&M.
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Topshop Belted Ribbed Cardigan, $75, available at Topshop.
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Chloé Tan Mohair Long Hooded Cardigan, $1,795, available at Ssense.
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I Love Mr Mittens Fishermans Cardigan, $451, available at Shopbop.
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Isabel Marant Long Knitted Cardigan, $820, available at Browns Fashion.
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Whistles Sparkle Cardigan Knit, $279, available at Whistles.
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Statement-Maker
Now this is how you make an entrance. Tiffany Hsu proves that if you're going to try a trend, you should make it the center piece of your outfit. Her hooded J.W.Anderson cardi ticks all the fall/winter trend boxes: fringed? Yup. Hooded? Yes. Oversized? You betcha. Colorblocked purple? Three cheers for the most eye-popping of this season's knitwear.

Of course, you don't have to go quite so bold to wear a statement cardigan. By simply choosing a vibrant color, a fun rainbow print, or a tactile fabric, your piece will be just as striking.
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Prada Embellished Angora-blend Cardigan, $2,820, available at Barneys New York.
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Raf Simons Oversized Wool Cardigan, $1,096, available at L'Inde Le Palais.
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Zara Oversized Crochet Cardigan, $89.90, available at Zara.
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J.Crew Crewneck Cardigan Sweater with Feather Trim, $188, available at J.Crew.
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Burberry Cashmere Wool Blend Mouliné Oversized Cardigan, $1,395, available at Burberry.
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Simone Rocha Felted Plait Merino, Silk & Cashmere Button Cardigan, $905, available at Nordstrom.
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ASOS Curve Cardigan in Fine Knit Fluffy Yarn, $40, available at ASOS.
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Preppy
Want to tap into the trend without adjusting your wardrobe too much? Helena Bordon shows us how a cardigan can simply be thrown over a slogan T-shirt and jeans. Granted, hers is a Gucci number emblazoned with a lion's head and the words 'Blind For Love,' but the main takeaway here is the preppy aesthetic.

Amp up the heritage look with pleated skirts and mules, or replace your patchwork bomber jacket with racing stripes and letterman details.
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Christopher Kane Gingham Wool and Cashmere-blend Cardigan, $1,033 $372, available at MatchesFashion.com.
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Junya Watanabe Striped Knit Cardigan, $755 $242.19, available at Saks Off Fifth.
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Gucci Merino Wool Knitted Cardigan, $980, available at Gucci.
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Mango Contrast Trims Cardigan, $49.99, available at Mango.
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Thom Browne Stripe Sleeve Cashmere Cardigan, $1,690, available at Lane Crawford.
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Miu Miu Oversized Checked Wool Cardigan, $990, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Opening Ceremony Wool-blend Varsity Cardigan, $390, available at MyTheresa.
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written by Annie Georgia Greenberg; appearance by Annie Georgia Greenberg; shot by Ed Herrera; shot by Jack Pearce; edited by Kenny Wu.
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