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Are you ready for the cardigan comeback?

Katie Wright shows you how to shop and style the cosy cover-ups for autumn

Spiced orange cashmere boyfriend cardigan, £185, Pure Collection
Spiced orange cashmere boyfriend cardigan, £185, Pure Collection

By Katie Wright

Alongside all the bike shorts, crop tops, thigh-slit slip dresses and other garments that leave little to the imagination, there was one trend that stood out on the autumn/winter 2019 catwalks because it was so surprisingly sensible: the cardigan.

That's right, the knitted button-downs traditionally beloved by grannies, grandpas and librarians are back, and this time they've got the designer seal of approval.

These weren't just any old cardigans, though. At London Fashion Week, Christopher Kane gave us a diamante-embellished oversized bright pink number worn as a dress, while Matty Bovan's red and yellow patterned cardi came with a matching woolly skirt.

In Milan, Miuccia Prada (who, truth be told, has always loved a bit of librarian chic) showed chunky cardigans in plum, khaki and camouflage pattern worn loose over demure dresses or wool shorts.

In Paris, the alpine-themed Chanel show was heavy on knitwear, with Nordic cardis tucked into midi skirts, teamed with sheepskin boots.

Now, six months later, cardi-cool has arrived on the high street, with a coterie of cover-ups that deliver the catwalk look for a whole lot less.

They're perfectly timed for crisp mornings, when throwing something woolly over your favourite floral midi dress will help you get a few weeks' more wear out of it.

Dark florals go well with cardigans in pumpkin and rosewood tones, while off-white and oatmeal shades are ideal for teaming with denim. You could even go a couple of sizes up and try the cardi-dress look a la Christopher Kane.

However you style yours, here's our pick of the best cardigans on the high street.

Off white knit patch pocket cardigan, £19.99, New Look
Off white knit patch pocket cardigan, £19.99, New Look
Primrose edge to edge ivory cardigan, £59.50, FatFace
Tyra tie up cardigan, £34 (was £49), Monsoon
Falmer chunky cable knit cardigan, £25, Matalan
Sonder Studio bright pink v neck button cardigan, £35, M&Co

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